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2023.01.03 Issue 1#

Dear Bodhisattvas, Happy New Year!

Today is the first working day of 2023. I hope you will have a successful year and everything goes well!

The following is the main content, estimated reading time is about 5 minutes.


1. Updates on Paid Columns#

Recently, I have updated 4 articles in the paid columns of "Yi Wei Ke Hang":

  1. Metacognition, introducing the basic concepts of metacognition in preparation for the article "Self-Motivation".
  2. Try These Five Things in 2023, this article has also been shared in this column and can be viewed for free.
  3. Year-end Summary Template, I have created a year-end summary template using Notion and Heptabase to help readers better summarize the past year.
  4. 3C Motivation Model, introducing the concept of the 3C motivation model in preparation for the article "Self-Motivation".

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2. Blog Updates#

This week, I have updated an article on my personal website, "Good Tools in the Workflow in 2022". It mainly discusses my insights on the tools used in the workflow in terms of information management, knowledge management, and work management.

The purpose of tools is to help us work and learn better, and we should not be enslaved by them. In addition, whether a tool is suitable or not can only be known after using it. Tools that cannot integrate into the workflow should be abandoned decisively, and the workflow should be continuously optimized with newly integrated tools.

3. Every Step Towards the Other Shore is the Other Shore Itself#

In his article on WeChat, Qi Ge recommended seven thought-provoking sentences. These seven sentences are:

  1. "You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?" - Rumi
  2. "If there is no light, then I will be the only light." - Lu Xun
  3. "Either be alone or be vulgar." - Arthur Schopenhauer
  4. "All suffering comes from hoping for one's own happiness; all happiness comes from hoping for the happiness of others." - Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
  5. "You don't need to let go of everything, just let go of your attachments to everything." - Zongsa Rinpoche
  6. "Every step towards the other shore is the other shore itself." - Qiuyang Chuangba
  7. "White clouds come, dark clouds also come, they will eventually leave. The sky is always there, neither welcoming nor sending off." - Guijiaoqi

When I saw the sentence "Every step towards the other shore is the other shore itself" by Qiuyang Chuangba, my heart was deeply touched.

In our cultural tradition, there is a saying "Every household has Amitabha Buddha, every family has Guanyin Bodhisattva". Because in Buddhism, the other shore often represents the good, wisdom, freedom from worries, and infinite happiness. People chant Amitabha Buddha and Guanyin Bodhisattva, praying to reach the other shore and obtain the various blessings of the Western Pure Land as soon as possible.

However, the world we live in is a world of the five turbidities. Life is always filled with the eight sufferings: birth, aging, sickness, and death, as well as the three sufferings of resentment, separation, and not getting what we want. We also suffer from the five aggregates due to our pursuit of eternal life.

But have we ever thought that the world we are in is not the other shore? If our hearts are always full of resentment towards the present world, we cannot reach the other shore. If our hearts are not tamed, our habits are not changed, and our nature is not cultivated, how can we get a ticket to the other shore? Chanting the Buddha's name is just self-deception.

"Every step towards the other shore is the other shore itself" is telling us to tame our hearts, to be in harmony with ourselves and the world around us. When our hearts are tamed, this shore is the other shore, and the other shore is this shore. There is no difference between the mind, the Buddha, and sentient beings. Where is not the Pure Land of Buddhism?

4. So-called Medical Professionals#

A friend who studied at UCLA in the United States couldn't stand the "fraud" of many experts and self-media in China. Out of a sense of responsibility as a doctor, he started updating scientific knowledge about Covid on his WeChat official account "So-called Medical Professionals". The first article, "COVID-19 Hot Topic Interpretation (1): Reinfection", has been published.

The article answers the following core questions:

  • The frequency of reinfection
  • Why reinfection occurs
  • How long after the last infection will reinfection occur
  • The severity of reinfection compared to the initial infection
  • How to prevent reinfection

5. How Humans Construct Fictional Languages#

After reading "Avatar: The Way of Water", I was reminded of "The Lord of the Rings" series and "Game of Thrones" series, which both feature newly created languages. So how do linguists create languages? The article "What Makes a Great Alien Language?" provides some answers. The article quotes research by Arika Okrent, the author of "In the Land of Invented Languages", focusing on the Na'vi language in "Avatar" and explores the process of creating fictional languages. It examines how linguists and science fiction authors use various methods to construct languages. The article also introduces how modern artificial intelligence translation programs work and how the brain processes fictional languages as natural languages.

At the end of last year, the Jike app initiated a discussion topic called "#FavoriteThreeProductsOf2022". The editors of Jike have summarized the products with the highest ratings in eight images.

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7. The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye#

Question: According to the sutra, the six paramitas are also known as the six perfections, namely giving, morality, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom. Are the six purified senses related to this? What is the meaning of the six perfections?

Answer: To cultivate the six perfections, one must purify the six senses and subdue the six thieves. Being able to abandon the thief of the eyes and stay away from various forms is called giving; being able to restrain the thief of the ears and not indulge in sounds is called morality; being able to subdue the thief of the nose and remain unaffected by various smells is called patience; being able to control the thief of the mouth and not be greedy for various tastes, but instead praise and speak well is called diligence; being able to subdue the thief of the body and remain unmoved by various tactile desires is called concentration; being able to regulate the thief of the mind and not follow ignorance, but constantly cultivate awakened wisdom is called wisdom. The six perfections are a practice. The six paramitas are like a boat or raft that can carry sentient beings to the other shore, hence the name "six perfections".

Excerpt from "Dharma Eye Treasury" by Bodhidharma

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