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Good Old Days

OUR GOOD OLD DAYS (5)

The Buddha said, "A man born to this world should do many good deeds, as a garland maker makes garlands from a heap of flowers."  

"Waking up this morning, I smile.  Twenty-four brand new hours are before me."  If you really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile?  Your smile affirms your awareness and determination to live in peace and joy.  How can you remember to smile when you wake up?  You might hang a reminder, so that you notice it when you wake up.  Once you develop the practice of smiling, you may not need the reminder.  You will smile as soon as you hear a bird sing or see the sunlight stream through the window.  Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and compassion.  And, your smile also reminds yourself to do good deeds.

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There are so many kinds of Buddhist meditation because there are so many kinds of people, so many different needs.  

Walking meditation is a part of my daily exercise.  And, I practice sitting meditation before bedtime. Walking meditation is a gift we offer ourselves.  The purpose of walking meditation is to be in the present moment and enjoy each step you make.  Therefore, we have to shake off all worries, anxieties, and relax our whole body.  Our breathing will be in harmony with our steps, and our mind will naturally be at ease.

A Zen master said, "The great miracle is not to walk on the air, or to walk on water, or fire, but to be able to walk on the "Earth."

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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.                                                                                      

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Buddhism has always been a significant part of my life and the life of our family because the Buddha's teachings provide a calming influence.  I remember the first time that I listened to a Buddhist fellow speaking about "The Buddha," he brought this sense of calm and joy I really had not seen before.

Our father and our mother were born in the island  Peng-Hu (or "Peng-Hoo") which is a lightly populated island between Taiwan and Hong Kong in the Taiwan Strait.  At his young age, our father was one of the founders and designers of the Main "Long Shing Gong" (literally "Dragon Prosperity Temple") in Peng-Hu.  And, he was also a member of the committee from groundbreaking to completion of this magnificent temple in Peng-Hu.  One year after their marriage, our father and our mother travelled by ship across Taiwan Strait and settled down in Kaohsiung, which is a major city in Southern Taiwan.

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This year's Mother's Day and Father's Day were very speical.  I'd kept dreaming of our beloved parents.  Those vivid dreams reminded me so much of our good old days.

On June 15, 2014, five days before this Father's Day, I received an email from my younger brother Daniel Wang in Rancho Cucamonga, California, saying:

 "During years 1988 - 2004 I'd used my old-fashioned camcorder to shot video at our WANG's family parties (in Southern California).  Recently, during my in-between chemotherapies (for cancer) I was able to go through those bulky VHS tapes, converted most of them into digital format, and arranged and saved them (those good old days) in a single USB flash drive.  It covers the period from October 23, 1988 to November 25, 2004."   

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