Published on February 17, 2014
A Collection Of LIFE Lessons OH TEIK BIN
A Collection Of LIFE Lessons Oh Teik Bin
ii THE GIFT OF DHAMMA SURPASSES ALL OTHER GIFTS Title: A Collection Of LIFE Lessons Author: Oh Teik Bin Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia Front and back cover by Oh Teik Bin Email: email@example.com Printed for free distribution This edition (2014) : 1000 copies Not For Sale This Dhamma Dana book is a gift, printed solely for free distribution. Lots of other educational and Dhamma material by the same author are available at the following Websites: http://ohteikbin.weebly.com www.dhammatelukintan.blogspot.com www.slideshare.net/ohteikbin www.youtube.com/user/ohlifelessons www.toondoo.com/user/bteikoh www.scribd.com/teikbin http://engagedbuddhists.ning.com/profile/ohteikbin www.twitter.com/TBroh www.facebook.com/ohteikbin No copyright is applicable to this publication and any organizations, societies or individuals are welcome to reprint part or all of it. However, such reprints must be for free distribution. It would be appreciated if the author could be informed by email of any reprint. Printed by: Majujaya Indah Sdn. Bhd (85902-U) 68 Jalan 14E Ampang New Village 68000 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Kuala Lumpir, Malaysia Tel: 03-42916001
iii DEDICATION “A Collection Of LIFE Lessons” is dedicated in ever loving memory of My late Parents OH KHAY LENG ( 1924 – 1999 ) LIM SAW GHIM ( 1924 – 2012 ) ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS My sincere thanks and gratitude go to the following: All Sangha and lay members who have taught the sublime Dhamma and valuable LIFE LESSONS at Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak, Teluk Intan since 1987 All my friends who have in one way or other contributed to my growth in the Dhamma This book has been sponsored for free distribution by The Children of Mr. & Mrs. Oh Khay Leng All Other Family Members DEDICATION OF MERITS May all beings share in the merits of this Dhamma Dana. May they find happiness, peace and liberation.
iv CONTENTS Dedication/Acknowledgements Preface 1 I Have Learned… 2 Gems Of Wisdom 3 Food For Thought From The Aliens 4 Humor And Wisdom 5 Learning From Humor And Insults 6 May I Reflect… 7 My Wise Teacher Says… 8 Wesak Aspirations 9 What The Buddha Said On Wakefulness 10 Wisdom Tells Me That… 11 Wise Child, Great Thoughts 1 6 13 20 28 34 42 53 65 72 81 12 13 Great Minds, Great Thoughts Your Views, Buddha’s Views 92 102 14 15 16 Superheroes’ Thoughts Isn’t It So…Ponderings Priceless LIFE Lessons I’ve Learned… 108 117 123 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Of Virtues And Values Picks Of Peculiar Pics A Deva Asks… Good Mental Food 20 Favorite Chinese Proverbs Insights From Clever Quips What Have We Done Today? Wise Ones, Wise Thoughts Spiritual Tonics So What Will Matter…? Your Constant Companion 128 134 140 146 157 163 171 174 179 184 190
28 29 30 I Feel A Great Friend Would… Contemplation. Aspiration… Miscellaneous v 196 205 211 Preface My previous Dhamma / Motivational / Inspirational books for free distribution, namely • Dhamma Matters • ‘Why Like That One?’ • LIFE Lessons With Power Points • More LIFE Lessons To Learn • Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure have received rather good and encouraging feedback. Some readers emailed to say they have benefited from the different chapters in the books. All this spurred me to write more LIFE Lessons that can help the young and old to grow in happiness, peace, compassion, wisdom and freedom of the mind. A Collection of LIFE Lessons is a Dhamma / Educational book of 30 Chapters containing contents that aim to * help spread important points and messages of the sublime Dhamma * inculcate virtues and good moral values particularly among children, students and youths * convey invaluable LIFE Lessons in our troubled times of growing anxiety, insecurity and stress A Collection of LIFE Lessons is written in a pictorial and graphic way to make for easy reading. Today, in a time when most people especially the younger generation are hooked on things like Facebook, Smart phones, online games, internet chat and the attractions of the iPad, iPod and so on, the reading of books that are wordy and filled with textual writings has lost its appeal. It is hoped that the format of A Collection of LIFE Lessons will draw more readers to learn LIFE Lessons. Most of the contents in the book have been drawn from my postings on the following Web Sites: • • www.slideshare.net/ohteikbin/presentations www.toondoo.com/user/bteikoh
May All Beings Be Well And Happy! 1 OH TEIK BIN 1 I HAVE LEARNED… I’ve learned…. That happiness and sorrow are part and parcel of life.
6 2 GEMS OF WISDOM
13 3 FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM THE ALIENS
20 4 HUMOR AND WISDOM
22 So far as he is concerned, a friend in need is a friend to keep away from
28 5 LEARNING FROM HUMOR AND INSULTS
6 MAY I REFLECT… 34
42 7 MY WISE TEACHER SAYS…
53 8 WESAK ASPIRATIONS
65 9 WHAT THE BUDDHA SAID ON WAKEFULNESS
72 10 WISDOM TELLS ME THAT…
81 11 Wise Child, Great Thoughts
92 12 GREAT MINDS, GREAT THOUGHTS
96 Leo Tolstoy
97 Abraham Lincoln
98 Swami Vivekananda
99 Charles Dickens
100 William Shakespeare
102 13 YOUR VIEWS, BUDDHA’S VIEWS
108 14 SUPERHEROES’ THOUGHTS
111 Great things cannot be achieved quickly. Patience is needed undoubtedly.
117 15 ISN’T IT SO… PONDERINGS
123 16 PRICELESS LIFE LESSONS I’VE LEARNED…
128 17 OF VIRTUES AND VALUES 1 1 The dangers of intoxicating drinks are very real. Apart from threatening one’s physical health, intoxicants cause the mind to be heedless. 2 Beware of your unwholesome desires. When one cannot accept the reality of ageing, one will suffer from the defilements of desire, greed, lust and craving.
129 Any sexual misconduct (adultery, rape, sexual exploitation and so on) will eventually bring pain to the transgressor and the victims. We must practice the precept or training rule of refraining from sexual misconduct. Do not betray relationships. Practice contentment.
130 When one does not observe the rules of morality one will fall into states of sorrow and misery.
Greed, Hatred and Delusion are the ‘Devils’ within That are the true root cause of Dukkha or suffering. 131 Parents have to show exemplary behavior to their children. The young ones catch the vices of greed, lust and anger pretty easily. Unwholesome speech or actions have consequences which will cause hurt, anger or illwill to other people who in turn can react or retaliate against the mindless one.
134 18 PICKS OF PECULIAR PICS
140 19 A DEVA ASKS …
146 20 GOOD MENTAL FOOD
157 21 20 FAVORITE CHINESE PROVERBS
A gem is not polished without rubbing, 161 nor a man perfected without trials.
163 22 INSIGHTS FROM CLEVER QUIPS
171 23 WHAT HAVE WE DONE TODAY?
174 24 WISE ONES, WISE THOUGHTS
179 25 SPIRITUAL TONICS
184 26 SO, WHAT WILL MATTER…?
190 27 YOUR CONSTANT COMPANION
196 28 I FEEL A GREAT FRIEND WOULD…
205 29 CONTEMPLATION, ASPIRATION…
211 30 MISCELLANEOUS 1 Beware of the Ego! One who is filled with pride, conceit and is boastful cannot relate well with others. Humility is a good virtue to practice. One who has a big ego will suffer within. He will also cause much suffering to others. Diminishing the ‘I’ and ‘Mine’ will bring much peace to the mind.
212 212 Being mindful in our thoughts, speech and actions is a most important quality of the mind. A lack of mindfulness can lead to much suffering. Poor memory arising out of a lack of attention in what we hear or observe can bring about trouble and conflict to oneself and to others.
213 The unmindful person oftentimes makes foolish mistakes in his speech and deeds. This affects adversely his interaction with others. Taking intoxicants can lead to one losing his heedfulness. He then can speak or act in ways where he would regret later. Keep your mind clear by not taking intoxicants.
214 214 Reflection Reflection Educating the young ones requires much skill and patience. Educating the young ones requires much skill and patience.
215 Reflection Modern kids are smarter than you think. Creative and wise ways are needed to educate them.
217 We have to be very mindful of our speech. Spiritual people have a sense of humor. They don’t bear grudges against another.
218 When we repeatedly do good deeds, we will grow spiritually. A mind that is trained and directed well will attain happiness and peace.
219 No one is free from faults and making mistakes at times. We learn and grow from them. Love, kindness and compassion are high spiritual qualities we must develop.
To err is Human; To forgive Divine 220 “Winners never quit; Quitters never win.”
Dedication In Ever Loving Memory Of Our Beloved Parents Oh Khay Leng 1924 - 1999 Lim Saw Ghim 1924 - 2012 May they rejoice in the merits of this Dhamma Dana and may they attain The Bliss of Nibbana. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
With Metta, Oh Teik Bin, Brothers and Sister And All In The Family A Collection of LIFE Lessons is a Dhamma / Educational book of 30 Chapters containing contents that aim to * help spread important points and messages of the sublime Dhamma * inculcate virtues and good moral values particularly among children, students and youths * convey invaluable LIFE Lessons in our troubled times of growing anxiety, insecurity and stress A Collection of LIFE Lessons is written in a pictorial and graphic way to make for easy reading. Today, in a time when most people especially the younger generation are hooked on things like Facebook, Smart phones, online games, internet chat and the attractions of the iPad, iPod and so on, the reading of books that are wordy and filled with textual writings has lost its appeal. It is hoped that the format of A Collection of LIFE Lessons will draw more readers to learn LIFE Lessons. Most of the contents in the book have been drawn from my postings on the following Web Sites: • www.slideshare.net/ohteikbin/presentations • www.toondoo.com/user/bteikoh About the Author Oh Teik Bin is a retired teacher and has been involved in Dhammaduta work for more than 25 years at Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak, Teluk Intan. His Dhammaduta and outreach services include guidance classes, community library work, Buddhist Sunday School, Dhamma classes, Youth Camps, Dhamma sharing and Buddhist wake chanting services. Over the Internet, Oh Teik Bin has posted lots of Dhamma and educational material at: http://ohteikbin.weebly.com www.dhammatelukintan.blogspot.com www.slideshare.net/ohteikbin www.youtube.com/ohlifelessons www.toondoo.com/user/bteikoh www.scribd.com/teikbin http://engagedbuddhists.ning.com/profile/ohteikbin www.twitter.com/TBroh He can be contacted at Facebook and firstname.lastname@example.org
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