Misteryo sa Abante Tonite: Bagong Taon, Bagong Pagkatao

Isang masaganang araw mga ka-Misteryo. ‘Saktong tatlong araw na lang bagong taon na naman. Naka-ilang bagong taon na ba tayo sa ating buhay? Natural depende yan sa inyong edad at kung ano ang inyong namalayan.

Abala na naman tayo sa paghahanda, karaniwan ay todong paglilinis sa bahay, pagsasa-ayos ng mga kagamitan at paghahanda ng masasarap na pagkain para sa mas masaganang buhay sa pagpasok ng 2019.

Iba’t ibang paraan ng paghahanda tulad ng paglapit sa mga eksperto sa feng shui o geomancy, psychic readers at ang iba ay DIY na lang -mismong mga may-ari ng bahay ang gumagawa ng paraan para maaliwalas ang kabahayan sa pagpasok ng taon.

Tradisyon na sa atin ang pag-iingay sa pagsalubong sa Bagong Taon bagaman hindi naman kailangan na magpaputok tayo dahil delikado ito hindi lang sa kaligtasan ng tao lalu na sa ari-arian na sadyang mapanganib sa sunog.

Kahit anupaman ang gawin nating paghahanda kung ang ugali ng tao o mga nakatira sa mga bahay ay hindi magbabago ay balewala rin ang lahat ng pagod.

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Bagong Taon, bagong pagkatao

Philippine’s Grandest Aliwan Fiesta @ Sweet 16

The Grandest Parade and Competition of all fiestas in the Philippines – Aliwan Fiesta turns 16 in 2018.

The Aliwan Fiesta tradition started in 2003 and it’s been consistent of  showcasing the fiestas of different provinces and witness them all in one BIG Fiesta event in Quirino Grandstand,  Manila and CCP Complex, Pasay. Contingents from different places in the country compete in three categories: Reyna ng Aliwan beauty pageant, Float Parade and Street Dance competition.

I remember the first time I took video footages of Aliwan Fiesta was in 2008 using my analog moibile phone camera, that’s why videos during that time had very poor qualities but regardless of this, it is always a treasure to document the historical event of Philippine culture, watching all the fiestas performances in an annual big occasion.

The following Aliwan videos have been shot using analog mobile phone cameras, compact digital cameras and the latest using smart phone digital cameras. You can see the progression or improvement of qualities.

 

The Aliwan Fiesta journey continues and I’m always excited to see the performance of all the contingents. Every performance is a masterpiece because every culture is treasured . See you all next year and in the succeeding years after.

Check out Aliwan website: http://www.aliwanfiesta.com.ph/aliwan2.5/

Philippine (PPSA) Media Shooters Join Icarus IV Cup

ICARUS IV! One of the highlights of practical shooting events in the Philippines in 2018. This is the first time, the Philippine Media Shooters (PPSA Media Bureau) Team, joined an international shooting event, the Icarus IV Shooting Competition, PPSA Sanctioned Level 3 Match with 18 stages at Magnus Front Sight Shooting Ranges, Lipa City, Batangas.

It was a 5-day shooting event among professional and competitive shooters and it was a great privileged we had 2-days to participate in the shooting competition.

The following are the PPSA Media Shooters who joined the Icarus IV International Shooting Event in respective shooting divisions:

Standard Division: Raoul Esperas (DWIZ), Angelo Almonte (DZRJ), Dindo Amparo (ABS-CBN), Rey Sibayan (DZRH)

Production Division: Eric Dastas (DZMM), Angel Movido (ABS-CBN), Dominic Luigi Natividad (News 5), Ermelino Toto Parina (ABS-CBN) and Oliver Joya (ABS-CBN).

Special thanks to our sponsors Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) headed by Mr. Edwin Lim and Mr. Joseph Li of Icarus Shirts.

Watch the adrenaline rush of shooting action in the competition.

 

 

The Buddha’s ‘No Self’ Doctrine

Sharing my thoughts and some facts of the ‘No Self Doctrine’ of Buddhism. You are free to comment or share your insights on this subject. This is my essay submission to the course on Buddhism and Modern Psychology by Professor Robert Wright at Princeton University.

Self, Selfless Or No Self?

It looks like the Buddha’s doctrine of no self is a very controversial subject as it contradicts with the Hindus doctrine on the existence of self. This can be read on the Wikipedia’s explanation of “Anattā and Atman” doctrines: The No Self Doctrine

“Anatta is a central doctrine of Buddhism, and marks one of the major differences between Buddhism and Hinduism. Buddhists do not believe that at the core of all human beings and living creatures, there is any “eternal, essential and absolute something called a soul, self or atman”.[5][6][123] Buddhism, from its earliest days, has denied the existence of the “self, soul” in its core philosophical and ontological texts. In its soteriological themes, Buddhism has defined nirvana as that blissful state when a person, amongst other things, realizes that he or she has “no self, no soul”.

To be honest, I just learned this controversy upon listening and watching the lectures on this course and I want to thank you Professor Robert Wright for sharing your insight and detailed explanation on this subject of the Buddha’s discourse of no self.

As a learner in this course, I am open to the ‘‘no self’ doctrine as I as also agree on the opposite side that there is ‘self’ argument.

In my opinion, both sides of the argument have truths in them because the interpretation of the Buddha’s doctrines depends on the tradition, culture and religious practices of any group – including Buddhist practitioners. In Thailand, Buddhist groups have opposing interpration of Nirvana as true self, while others say Nirvana is the non self. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatta

“In Thai Theravada Buddhism, for example, states Paul Williams, some modern era Buddhist scholars have claimed that “nirvana is indeed the true Self”, while other Thai Buddhists disagree.[76] The Dhammakaya Movement in Thailand teaches that it is erroneous to subsume nirvana under the rubric of anatta (non-self); instead, nirvana is taught to be the “true self” or dhammakaya.[77] The Dhammakaya Movement teaching that nirvana is atta in 1999, has been criticized as heretical in Buddhism by Ven. Payutto, a well-known scholar monk, who added that ‘Buddha taught nibbana as being non-self”.[78] Luang Por Sermchai of Wat Luang Por Sodh Dhammakayaram argues that it tends to be scholars who hold the view of absolute non-self, rather than Buddhist meditation practitioners. He points to the experiences of prominent forest hermit monks to support the notion of a “true self”.[79] Similar interpretations on the “true self” have been put forth by the then Thai Sangharaja in 1939. According to Williams, the Sangharaja’s interpretation echoes the tathāgatagarbha sutras.[80]

I can compare these opposing interpetrations of Buddha’s discourse of no self with the unending debate of Catholics and Christians in the interpretations of the Holy Bible. This arguments will not end because I always believe interpretations are based on the interest and consciousness of any group. I rather recommend influential teacher Ajahn Chah’s statement that “we shouldn’t try to intellectualize about this no self thing,…quit talking about it and just sit down and do it.”

But I like the American Buddhist monk, Bhikkhu Bodhi’s explanation on Buddha’s teaching of non-self, saying “that the Buddha uses different modes of discourse depending on the context. And so when he is speaking within what I would call a contemplative text, within the context of inside contemplation or within the context of the aspiration for liberation, then he takes us at the primary obstacle to the attainment of liberation, is the grasping or clinging to the mental and physical components of our being as a self…the Buddha teaches not that there is no self, but that all of the objects of clinging are not self”

The way I look at it based on monk Bhikkhu Bodhi’s explanation, the Buddha wants us to be aware of our decisions and actions in our daily lives, that we should observe being no self when dealing with everything in this world, to just let go of any issues we are facing and practice being selfless in order to achieve Nirvana.

Please feel free to share your thoughts about this topic. Thank you. Namaste!