The Buddha said, “Lift yourself up. Be attentive. Act virtuously.”
I grew up in a Buddhist family in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Our parents, grand-parents, and great-grandparents all had been good Buddhists. So, I consider myself a Buddhist. After coming to America in l972, I embraced my spiritual ancestors and I take refuge in the Buddha. The Buddha said that all sentient beings possess Buddha nature, and the Buddha nature of all beings are equal. The Buddha can be touched everywhere, especially within ourselves. So, taking refuge in the Buddha means to touch the Buddha nature in ourselves, to touch the seed of enlightenment in ourselves, to liberate ourselves from suffering, and to help other living beings.
I extend my deep appreciation to my younger brothers Daniel Wang and Kent Wang for their creativities in producing the wonderful USB flash drive and making those prints from the movies of “Our Good Old Days” in the USB flash drive. The following images of “Our Good Old Days” are taken from those prints.
The Buddha said, “Tranquil minds dwell in happiness.”
An authentic practice life is not about seeking peak experiences, but rather touching the wonder of the ordinary. This is made clear in a conversation that the Buddha is said to have had with a prince. The prince asked, “What do you and your monastics practice every day?” The Buddha replied, “We sit, we walk, and we eat.” The prince said, “We also do these things every day, so how are your different?” The Buddha responded, “When we sit, we know we are sitting. When we walk, we know we are walking. When we eat, we know we are eating.”