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The true challenge of spiritual practice

We are spiritual. To grow our spiritual life, we need to practice spiritual disciplines. In his book, “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down”, Haemin Sunim points out that “Spirituality must be practiced not just in solitude but also among people. Open up to people around you and feel connected. This is…

Normal Enjoyment or Addiction?

As a priest/pastor, I need and hope to help people to conquer their addictions, for example, alcohol. At first, we need to distinguish what might be considered normal use of alcohol, for example, from dependent or addictive use of alcohol (and a variety of other substances and “things”). In his book, “Addiction and Pastoral Care”,…

一文不值和眼中的瞳仁

陶恕牧師在他的書“被分割的基督”裏向我們指出, “信徒知道,就他本身來説,他是一文不值的;但縱使他謙卑地對主說:‘我是一文不值的’,他卻很清楚知道,他是神眼中的瞳仁!” 我時常覺得不可思議,造物主竟顧念我們這些出於和歸於塵土的人!我感恩,祂竟使用我這個卑微的人來傳講祂的福音。 我更感恩,祂竟為我而被釘死在十字架上。 我只能如多馬一樣呼求,“我主,我神”。

你是否那食鹽的愚人呢?

僧伽斯那,又稱僧伽斯、僧伽先,是公元5世紀印度的大乘法師。他所著的《百喻經》古文漢譯本於南朝齊永明十年由其弟子求那毗地所譯。其中有一名叫《愚人食鹽》的佛寓是這樣: 昔有愚人,至於他家。主人與食,嫌淡無味。主人聞已,更為益鹽。既得鹽美,便自念言:“所以美者,緣有鹽故。少有尚爾,況復多也?”愚人無智,便空食鹽。食已口爽,反為其患。 你和我又曾幾何時如這個愚人一樣分不清事物的究竟、關係,和主次,還更不去求證和詢問呢? 並不是鹽本身好食,而只是鹽使我們食到食物的味道來。 愚人因他的行動而食到愚的苦果。 但不知道他又是否“知”錯而“認”和“改正”呢? 其實,人人都會“錯”,分別在於愚人不認和改正!

The way to look at the outside world

Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in South Korea. His writing in his book “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” on the way to look at outside the world has been inspiring me and I love to share a few pieces with you: “…When we…

咖啡學教我放鬆去專注

迷上咖啡已經好一段時間了,也曾經與友人一起計劃和籌備開一家咖啡店。 雖然因各方面原因,我們最後沒有繼續那計劃,但我們仍然喜愛咖啡。 獨自在咖啡舘裏品咖啡總是給我帶來片刻的享受、休息、空間、寧靜和靈感。 我的許多文章和講稿都是在咖啡舘裏作成的。 近年來,我更在品咖啡(和茶)中操練經歷正念的當下。 最近在讀有台灣咖啡教父之稱的王于睿所作的“對的咖啡學”。 在一段關於他學習“杯測”(cupping)裏,他所談論的放鬆與/去專注對我品咖啡和工作有良多的啓發: “。。。如何在放鬆身心的狀態下,凝注操作當下的每個細節。 好比在試咖啡時,眼前三、四十杯的咖啡,難免會令人眼花繚亂,當我在喝第一杯是,就應該整個放鬆投入到第一杯的咖啡中,仔細體會感受;等到第二杯時,則必須把第一杯的記憶完全放下,專注在第二杯咖啡中,唯有如此專注當下,才能真正領略。。。而是你確實把自己的身心放鬆了,你放鬆了以後,自然就有靈感出現,而先前出現不了,是因爲緊綳的狀態把你卡住,無法動彈。。。專業工作者最怕的就是誤把緊綳當成專注。 當過度緊綳時,人很容易就被框住、被鎖在那邊,可是當你一旦放鬆掉的時候,事情卻自然而然地順利完成了。。。” 許多原因使我們綳緊,但綳緊就是代表了我們并不是享受當下。 卻是唯有享受,我們才能放鬆,去專注。

Pray this prayer as His children

A book called “Children’s book of Classic Catholic Prayers” edited by Robert F. Morneau includes the following prayer called “Act Of Love”: “My God, I love you above all things because you are all good. I love you as the creator of life, I love you as the one who has forgiven our sins and…

玫瑰經,我所喜愛的祈禱路

對於“玫瑰經”(和念珠),“新”教徒一般都被誤導所以並不理解和甚至接觸過。 其實,玫瑰經是基於聖經的祈禱文。近年來,我對卻此經有很大的鍾愛。 香港天主教教友總會翻譯出版由已故教宗若望保祿二世暨20位樞機主教所寫的書“玫瑰經,最鍾悅的祈禱”指出: “誦念玫瑰經的傳統工具就是念珠,具有象徵作用,能增加默觀的分量。 整串念珠的排列是以苦像為集中點,玫瑰經祈禱從苦像開始,也於苦像結束,信友的生活和祈禱也以基督為中心。 一切都從祂開始,走向祂,一切都經由祂,在聖神内抵達天父。 念珠是一種計算工具,記錄祈禱的進行,祂使人想起墨觀及基督徒的成全是一條無止境的道路”。 在日後,我將會在不久將來實體地來跟前來的人以這一屬靈傳統來一同學習和操練。

Hands

A talented Chinese Canadian poet, Kavan Yao wrote a poem called “hands” (from his bilingual book called “China Feeling” translated by his mom, Dr. Hongyun Chen) bringing me back to when I started to have a crush on my wife many years ago: “I wish I could speak with my hands and let you touch…

You are not “Homeless”.

Once I read it from a book that I forgot its name: “You don’t have to run really far to be a long way from home when you’re looking for the wrong kind of stuff”. Do you resonate with it? Where is your Home? Are you a long way from Home? What kinds of “wrong…

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