Did you meet Bodhisattva?

The body may lie stiff like a stone; however the mind soars free like a bird.

Only eyes can blink.

Only eyes can blink.

I陳宏眨眼全集發表會There was a person in Taiwan, his name is Chen Hong. He was a journalist, photographer, cultural worker. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at 68 years old. He got tracheostomy due to respiratory failure, after surgical operation only eyes can move. His wife support him finishing six books through a phonetic system, zhuyin or Bopomofo, for transcribing Chinese. He was award 2007 Guinness Book of World Records by blinking to finish 190,000 words. His perseverance and optimistic attitude encourages many people. He is my Bodhisattva.


from BLTV

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also referred to as motor neuron disease – is a debilitating disease with varied etiology characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculation, muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking (dysarthria), difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and difficulty breathing (dyspnea). ALS is the most common of the five motor neuron diseases.(data from wiki)

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God never closes a door without opening a window.

The blind learns dancing by groping teacher's movement. (Bird and Water Dance Ensemble)

The blind learns dancing by groping teacher’s movement. (Bird and Water Dance Ensemble)

I have three blind friends. One is a 20-year-old excellent instrument player . His mother treated him as a kid and fed him when he was eating The other one always stays at home and was afraid of stepping out her room. The last one became blind at about 28-year-old. His life became colorful when he can not see anything. However, he became a professional modern dancer and a life sharing speaker He participated activities actively and went to schools and prisons to encourage people. His name is ShinTin Lin. Please visiting his facebook and his video.  You will know that God never closes a door without opening a window. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/信廷心視界/104174869660074

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Reframing Transformation After Visiting Skid Row

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This is Anny’s reflection after visiting skid row LA for the spiritual leadership class instructed by Rev. Danny Fisher at University of the West.  2013. 4

To me, as an Asian I don’t quite understand American culture, this is the first time I visit LA’s Skid Row and observed homelessness from a different point of view: and it was an eye opening experience. When I visited Skid Row and the fifty square blocks of downtown, I felt like I was dropped into an illusion, some place between the heaven and hell. Mostly, because only one block away, there are modern and luxurious buildings and apartments, then from where I was standing “the other side of the tracks ironically there was extreme poverty and homelessness. According to Institute for the Study of Homeless and Poverty, there are about 254,000 people are homeless at LA County each year. It’s quite a large number.

First, I smelled the air heavy with a stinky odor; this even though I don’t have a good sense of smell. I saw piles of personal belongings covered with plastic and people sitting on the sidewalk. Most of the homeless I saw were males between 25 to 50 years old approximately. I was afraid to look at these homeless people directly, because I don’t know how they would react to my presence. Then I heard one of the homeless men greet us and I realized they are people just like us. I tried to find out who the man was, and I found he had a natural, easy smile and not the wretched frown I had imagined someone in his situation to have. My previous concept of homeless, as ragged and wrinkled faces showing signs of misery, despair, and hopelessness was wrong; I was surprised to see the resilience of their human spirit as they made the best of their situation. Especially, since in Taiwan most of the homeless I’ve seen show their misery and pain more obviously.

Later, as more and more of the men greeted us I began to feel more at ease and hopeful for something positive possible in their lives. I began to have more confidence looking at them and interacted with them more naturally. In a short time, I changed my prejudice of these homeless human beings. After some more detailed research of the homeless, there is usually not just one reason, for their situation, there are many other causes, including drugs, bankruptcy, violence, abuse, mental problems and unemployment. Consequently, I became more curious about how difficult it is for them to change their situation and end their homelessness?  Why do they take drugs, it is for money or is it about escaping from the real world? Is drug abuse psychological or physiological addiction? What is the benefit for them? If I were homelessness, what would I do?

This world can be warm with humanity and compassion. There are many Non-Profit Organizations and other agencies like The Midnight Mission and volunteers who offer support by means of food, job training and other educational opportunities.

I think that’s our social safety nets are reason these homeless people will not feel such deep sorrow for having nothing or no one to depend on. However, how many people can get educated or receive vocational training opportunities to help them get out of extreme poverty or social exclusion? But only if they are willing to take these opportunities to improve their standard of life can they have a chance to get out of homelessness. However, just as the book Cross Cultural Awareness and Social Justice in Counseling, categorized different cultures and people has having different characteristics, I cannot judge them only from my own perspective or my country’s culture. I need to respect all people even though they are now at the bottom of the socio-economic status. On the hand, I should more aggressively seek opportunities to be a volunteer and serve people who need my compassion and understanding; it’s a kind of dharma practice. Consequently, I will be taking some action steps in the immediate future. Mostly I will work with organizations that have the experience to help such people in effective ways that will have the greatest impact to change lives. I often feel that giving money to homeless people on the street directly only passes the buck, as it were, and only facilitates their drug and alcohol abuse. Instead by volunteering with professional organizations, I ensure that my efforts are making a real difference in their lives.

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Crippled but not disabled

Listening to their voices –  Crippled but not disabled

Oscar-Pistorius

crippled but not disabled

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe3VsF6MEDo

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Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limbs

Nick Never give up Press Conference

Nick Never give up Press Conference

Nick Vujicic was born without arms nor legs. However, he setup his own non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs and makes speeches worldwide, on life with a disability, hope and finding meaning in life.  I was deeply touched by

a girl without hands and legs

a girl without hands and legs

his optimistic. Life is without limitation. We are what we think.  He visited Taiwan to encourage many people.

The girl, Wee Chi got strange and sever sick at eight years old,  she was cut limbs to save life.  She is a dancer now. She has a dream to become a piano teacher.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl58qufXfYk (from CBN.com)

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What does “nonconceptual wisdom” mean?

huineng__great_master_of_buddhismfDajian Huineng (大鑒惠能; 638–713) was a Chinese Chán (Zen) monastic who is one of the most important figures in the entire tradition. Huineng is the Sixth and Last Patriarch of Chán Buddhism. He is said to have advocated an immediate and direct approach to Buddhist practice and enlightenment, and in this regard, is considered the founder of the “Sudden Enlightenment” (顿教) Southern Chán school of Buddhism. The Sixth Patriarch Huineng once said, “The lowest class have supreme wisdom, and the highest class have non-conceptual wisdom.” It means that all living beings have the Buddha-nature, the potential to attain Buddhahood, and the inborn capacity to develop the supreme wisdom of a Buddha. As long as we strive to develop it, we will be able to manifest this kind of wisdom. People of great wisdom are already rid of self-centeredness and not attached to their own wisdom, and so have non-conceptual wisdom. From dharma audio of Master Sheng Yen (from http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rtdZFr6NBvQ#!)  

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An amazing Bird and Water Dance Ensemble at Taiwan

photo from Bird and Water Dance Ensemble

photo from Bird and Water Dance Ensemble

photo from Bird and Water Dence Enseble

One leg dancer

Bird and Water Dance Ensemble is the first dance ensemble formed by people from Taiwan with physical, visual and other disabilities. After it was founded in 2003, the ensemble has performed internationally and won many Gold Medal awards in international competitions. With their creative and unique dancing style to promote the special arts and culture development, they have performed in many community venues such as educational programs and prisons to share their vision of happiness, beauty, and passion, and to raise awareness of life.

I am an amateur dancer, specializing in modern dance, with public performances to diverse audiences, for example prisoners. I joined the Water and Bird Dance Ensemble for 10 years. There are many touchable  stories, I plan to share the stories to everybody.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSR8Xz2RYhg

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