Wisdom and Insight

  • 3 Things I Learnt as a Buddhist Monk

    Last time, I wrote about my two-year experience as a Buddhist Monk in a Taiwan Monastery, describing what day to day life was like. Today, I’d like to elaborate on the key lessons I learned during that ...

  • Coronavirus and My Thoughts | A Window Into Our Spiritual Self

    I write this during increasingly tense global conditions. The Coronavirus Pandemic is claiming thousands of lives every day, border lockdowns and stay-at-home. Orders are becoming more and more prevalent, ...

  • Freedom from Fear Forever

    We all wish to live our lives in comfort and freedom from fear, joy, and harmony, spending our short time here on Earth doing things that makes us happy and brings us fulfillment, and being free from ...

  • How One Person Can Change the World

    What if I told you that you alone can change the world? That you can shape the world however you like? What difference would you wish to bring? Well, the truth is that you really can, we all can. In fact, ...

  • How Realizing Cause and Effect leads to Peace

    Cause and effect is a natural law that applies to all phenomena throughout the universe, both in the physical realm and the mental realm. It is a law explaining that everything has a cause, and all causes ...

  • How To Be Happy – 10 Happy Habits

    For most people, being happy is the ultimate state of being. All our goals, ambitions, plans, and actions are motivated by our pursuit of happiness. We spend time with those who bring us the most joy. ...

  • How to Develop an Aura of Self-Confidence

    A person who radiates a strong aura of self-confidence is assuring, reliable, and can provide others with a sense of comfort and safety. When coupled with characteristics of patience, empathy, and kindness, ...

  • How to Realize Your Inner Peace in all Situations

    Being a calm and cool person is an extremely special trait which is becoming increasingly difficult to find in the hectic nature of our modern society. When a person is calm, his energy affects all the ...

  • Kind People are Happy People

    My thoughts on happiness and how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life very is simple – we only have to maintain an honest and loving heart, with kind and sincere intentions. This is because real ...

  • Life after being a Buddhist Monk – The Bodhi Life

    It's now been six months since I left the monastic life to return to the secular world. Before that, I was a Buddhist Monk in Taiwan's biggest monastery, Fo Guang Shan, studying, learning, and practicing ...

  • Life is a Great Lesson and Everything is Teaching Us

    In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks famously said, "Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're going to get". The thing is, we are continually reminded of the validity of this quote ...

  • Living a Fulfilling and Meaningful Life

    Despite all our differences, everyone on Earth is also similar in that we all want to live a happy and meaningful life.  Everything we do is motivated by our pursuit of joy and fulfillment, and everyone ...

  • Making Peace with the Present Moment

    Making peace with the present moment means making peace with ourselves, with others, and with the totality of life. Once peace with all phenomena is established, we can abide in great joy, harmony, and ...

  • My Experience as a Buddhist Monk

    My two years as a Buddhist Monk in the world's biggest monastery, Fo Guang Shan Taiwan, was and most likely will ever be, the most profound and enriching experience of my life. Today I wish to share with ...

  • The Magic of Impermanence and its Power to Liberate

    What is Impermanence? Impermanence is a natural law of the universe that applies to all phenomena in the external and internal world. It is easy to understand impermanence when we have a firm grasp of ...

  • The Most Precious Thing in Life is Gratitude

    We live in a world where it is increasingly more important to seek wealth rather than joy, where success is measured by how much we have instead of how much we give, and where beauty and fame are valued ...

  • The Power of a Concentrated Mind

    In the age of technological advancement, where we have the internet, every social media and all forms of entertainment at our fingertips, it has become easier than ever to find distractions that eat up ...

  • The Ultimate State of Nirvana and How to Realize it.

    Nirvana is the ultimate state of being where all types of suffering cease forever. It is a state of purity, peace, quiescence, and timelessness. Buddhism defines Nirvana as ending the perpetual cycle ...

  • Transforming Anger into Peace and Joy

    Of all the human emotions, anger is the most destructive. It causes oneself endless pain, anxiety, and stress, while also leading to much suffering for the people around. The Buddha once said, "holding ...

  • Vipassana Meditation

    Earlier on, we explored in detail the importance of mindfulness and concentration and how to develop it in our everyday life. Once we are able to concentrate the mind and know how to remain a mindful ...

  • What exactly is Non-Self and how do I live it?

    What is Non Self? The theory of Non-Self explains that within our own unique human experience, there is, in fact, no permanent, underlying entity we can truly identify as Me or I. This idea is easier ...

  • What is Mindfulness Meditation

    Mindfulness is the single most important practice we can undertake that improves every single aspect of our life. When we integrate mindfulness into our daily routine, we will find that our health improves, ...

  • What is Nonduality? The Nature of Reality.

    There has been a lot of talk recently about nonduality and it being the ultimate truth of reality. I’d like to share my understanding and experience on this topic because I believe that a deep realization ...

  • What is the Purpose of Life?

    ‘What is the purpose of life’ is perhaps one of the most pondered existential questions throughout humanity’s time on Earth. Yet, despite millennia of seeking, through countless religious philosophies ...