In Mahayana Buddhism, there is the school called Consciousness Only (唯識）As the Four Noble Truths say, if there is no such thing as a self, then what this self sees must be imaginary or unreal. Nevertheless, the self looks like the most critical part in our life. How should we handle what we see? What … Continue reading Consciousness Only
Life is suffering. It is the first of the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism. And the second is that the cause of this suffering is the ego that craves, desires, and attaches. The third is there is the way to eliminate the ego, which leads us to the fourth. The fourth is the introduction of … Continue reading The Three Poisons
One of the obsessions we humans have ever possessed since the birth of self-consciousness is our search for God. Where is He? How can we find Him? From religions to philosophies, even various theories of modern cosmology, we are never tired of this search. The irony, however, is that because of self-consciousness, we had lost … Continue reading The Kingdom of God is Within Us
Among various Buddhism teachings, Zen is quite minimalistic. It tries to return to the source, which is not necessarily fundamental but uniquely radical. Traditionally, Bodhidharma, an Indian Buddhist monk, transmitted Zen (Chan) teachings to China during the fifth or sixth century. He is known as Daruma (達磨) in Japan with this popularized doll. His way … Continue reading Zen Minimalism
Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again," which is one of the well-known passages in the Bible. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; … Continue reading Blowing in the Wind
Is death the end? If death is not the end, what is that? At a glance, saying “death is not the end” sounds counterintuitive. Deep down inside, however, somehow we know it is intuitive. If we observe our mother nature, this message is quite apparent. Seeing trees around us, for example, each of them started … Continue reading Death Is Not the End
What are natural numbers? We use them as one of the most convenient tools in our everyday lives. We use them for counting any tangible items. With their theoretical applications like arithmetic, the concept of natural numbers is one of the primary grids that we see the world. There are, however, two things we tend … Continue reading What is Zero?