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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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!

1st FPJ Cup Level 2 PPSA Sanctioned Match

This Level 2 PPSA Sanctioned Match has many plates to hit. I really enjoyed this historic 1st FPJ Cup 2017 organized by Actors Guild of the Philippines (Kapisanan ng mga Artista sa Pelikula at Telebisyon KAAPT) to raise funds for the welfare of people in the Philippine movie industry.

This is a special tribute to ‘Da King’ of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe Jr., who served as the President of the guild from 1984-1987.

I have to prepare more than 200 rounds of ammunition to complete the 7 stages of the competition under Media category with my Glock 22 caliber .40 pistol.

This shooting event is participated by the journo members of the PPSA Media Bureau, to promote sports shooting among media practitioners in the Philippines not only for defense against any threat but primarily to be physically active and maintain a good health.

Luckily, I got the 1st Runner-up Award competing fellow media Shooters in the Standard Division.

Thank you sir Jack Enrile, Mr. Rommel Cabungcal and Jingky Olisco of Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) for the waived registration fee of media shooters and Mr. Joseph Li of Icarus shirts.

Legendary Broadcaster Joe Taruc has Signed Off! 

Boss JTLife on Earth is not permanent. Even if we like important people in our lives to stay with us, there is always “the end of the road” of every lifetime.

Veteran and Legendary Broadcaster Jose Malgapo Taruc Jr. also known as ‘Boss Joe’ or ‘Manoong Joe Taruc’ has signed off,  ending his earthly journey of decades on radio broadcast and have joined fellow veterans in heavens like Louie Beltran, Rick Radam, Gil Brazil, Tiya Dely Magpayo, Eloisa Cruz Canlas aka Lola Sela and Tita Swarding

Mr. Taruc born on September 18, 1947 died in his sleep early Saturday morning (September 30, 2017),  exactly at 70 years old.

Boss Joe, whom I used to call him as my superior/mentor was a multi-awarded news and commentary anchor since the early years of his radio broadcast as one of the pioneers of Radyo Patrol reporters in 1969, until I got the chance to work with him when I was. hired  as news reporter and anchor of Manila Broadcasting Company in 1991.

He’s not only a good boss to everyone in DZRH News Department but a friend and a father because he usually listens to personal problems mostly monetary in nature.

During his wake at Arlington Chapels, his former colleagues especially Ex-Vice President Noli de Castro and veteran broadcaster Rey Langit have shared their good memories with boss JT.

Boss JT, Maraming Salamat!

 

Don’t Contact The Dead, It’s Dangerous

I fully agree with the statement of an official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) warning people against ‘contacting’ the souls of the dead using some tools like Ouija board and spirit of the glass.

Fr. Francisco Lucas, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media says, “games like spirit of the glass to contact the dead are popular during Halloween.” Continue reading

How to Survive the Ghost Month?

Whether you believe in this Chinese tradition or not, the energies of Ghost Month is here. In 2013, the ghost month commences on August 7 and ends on September 4, 2013.

Ghost month is being observed during the 7th lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar, which they believe the “gates of hell” are open during this period to allow ghost and spirits to visit the world of the living.

The spirits of the dead visit their families, feasting and hunt their victims usually those they can possess.

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Parallel Universe or Multiverse, Fiction or Fact?

Do you believe there is another Earth and another “us” in another Universe? Parallel Universe? Multiverse?

What if the theories about parallel Earth, parallel Universe, or Multi-verse are REAL? What will you do?

Most people still consider this idea as fiction or baseless, but a group of scientists from Oxford University declared that Parallel Universe is REAL based on mathematical computation.

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