Monday, May 31, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Zen and a Walking Baby

One of the best analogies I have ever come across for meditation practice is a baby learning to walk.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Funny Thought: Humor can help you get lazy

Sometimes, you can get away with being lazy just by being funny.

Example 1:

Boss came into my office looking all flustered.  He looked at me with a face full of tension and said, "Meng, I need you to give me a hand".  I said, "Sure".  Then I stared blankly at him and clapped for a few seconds.  He laughed and left my office.  I didn't even have to do any extra work.

Example 2:

Daughter wanted to race me up the stairs.  I didn't want to.  She got in a "ready" position and asked, "Race?".  I said, "Chinese".  I didn't have to run.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Daddy Lama

I've been invited to become a senior adviser to a tech company.  They also invited me to choose a title for myself.  I like funny titles (unfortunately, "Jolly Good Fellow" is already taken by one very good-looking guy in Google).  I also like the idea of being regarded as wise and compassionate, but not actually do very much beyond saying wise and funny things and meeting famous people.  Yes, sort of like being the Dalai Lama, except much lazier.

Given that context, I asked my daughter what a good title would be, and she said, "Daddy Lama".

I may actually use that title, His Happiness the Daddy Lama.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Random Thoughts

Couple of random thoughts that came up over the past few weeks.

Quiet Mind
In giving up, I find.
In letting go, I gain.
In just being, I become.
In my silence, hear me roar.
In this void, is Dharma.

The Lazy Bodhisattva
With great compassion, aspire daily to save the world.
But don't actually put in any real effort.
Just do whatever comes most naturally to you.
Because when aspiration and compassion become strong,
Whatever comes most naturally is also the right thing to do.
Thus you, the bodhisattva, saves the world without effort.

Life, Yum
A Bodhisattva's great sorrow is like his salt,
His deep pain like bitter vegetables,
His naughty pleasures like a greasy hotdog,
All encompassed by the sourdough of profound peace.
Delicious and nourishing is the life of compassion.
Mindfully consumed.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Funny Thought: Buffet with the Dalai Lama

Last Sunday (16 May 2010), I may have had one of the coolest tweets in the world.  My tweet was:
Stood right behind Dalai Lama at buffet line!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Funny Thought: Product ideas of the day

Product idea 1: A program you can install on your computer that locks up the computer every now and then, and the only way to unlock it is to smile at the webcam.  That way, you'll smile at least a few times a day.

Product idea 2: Competitive smiling.  Your laptop's webcam monitors your face for smiles, records the total amount of time you smiled each day and sends that data to a website, so that you can compete with your friends from all over the world.  World's longest-duration smiler wins the Dalai Lama Award, unless you are actually the Dalai Lama, in which case, you'll win the Happy Llama Award.

Product idea 3: Instant water.  Just add water!