邪不胜正。

I feel sad for people who base their actions and beliefs – their entire existence – on words printed in a book, and go on to impose these beliefs on other human beings. What value is there in their existence if they deny themselves the right to challenge ideas and examine their experiences?

It is perhaps timely to quote the Buddha here:

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe simply because it has been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is written in Holy Scriptures. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of Teachers, elders or wise men. Believe only after careful observation and analysis, when you find that it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all. Then accept it and live up to it.

— The Buddha, from the Kalama Sutta

We are praying for the Old Guards of AWARE to have renewed strength and clarity of mind to continue their fight against those plagued by greed, ignorance and delusion. They will overcome all obstacles and let truth and goodness prevail. Join us in our prayers at 9.30pm on 30 April 2009.

Also, do read:

CHRISTIANS AGAINST AWARE TAKEOVER by Gwee Li Sui

Reply to Recent Comments and Claims About AWARE’s Sexuality Education Programme in Schools by Ministry of Education (The message is clear: Thio is a liar – many times over.)

How I Feel About The Whole AWARE Situation by Olivia Loh-Ing

http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/ by Ven. Dhammika

Watch this and then read this – these mice in human skin may be “corporate highfliers” (Huh? There are countless VPs in a bank!), but they aren’t good enough actresses. They tell lie after lie, and I’m glad their body language shows. Must have been too busy organising the coup and forgot about their acting classes.

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In the Straits Times, May 19, 2008:

Buddhism is the main religion here, and fast growing: The number of people aged 15 and up who said they were followers jumped from 27 per cent of the population in 1980 to 31 per cent in 1990. In 2000, the last census, the figure was 43 per cent, or 1.1 million people.

Buddhist converts told The Straits Times that the religion offered comfort in the face of uncertainties and disasters, and a constant reminder to look beyond the materialism of the rat race and to attain calmness and happiness through meditation and reflection.

Read the full article here.