Posted by KakieF on July 4, 2012
In Buddhism, the tradition of chanting is a method for preparing the mind to meditate. A few months back we toured The Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Singapore and as we heard this chanting in the background we gathered around our tour guide. “Now we are going to walk now into the hall of the creator of my future The Buddha,” she said. I thought that her words were such a fascinating way to explain a power greater than ourselves.
We proceeded to the garden on the roof where she explained the core principles of the faith and that in Buddhism there is not belief in one supreme-being, but that the universe is The Supreme Being. It is not male or female, good or bad because there is no name that can explain that kind of omnipotence. It’s essence is everywhere. We walked clockwise around the prayer wheel three times, expressing thanks and asking for special intentions. While exiting the prayer wheel she went on to say;
“It’s the destination it’s not the road. Religions are just roads that lead us to the destination so whichever road you take it still leads you there it doesn’t matter what you believe in. The path is not constant or persistent so that which is the way which can be described as not the true way” -Lim Lin
In our Executive MBA program, the concept of consilience is brought up often. One of my professors explains it as different ideas jumping around together to form a comprehensive theory based on facts. This concept demonstrates there are multiple ways to come to the same answer and as leaders we strive for consilient thinking. It isn’t about being right or wrong, but rather being open to possibilities because often, there are many.
In Taoism the word “way,” also means path or principle. The belief is “the way is not the true way” which is the idea that we don’t need to search outside of ourselves for truth or meaning because it is right in front of us and within us. It always has been.
Please share your thoughts below.
Three things I am grateful for:
- Faith and spirituality
- This journey that helps me strive for consilient thinking
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Posted by KakieF on June 4, 2012
21 days to happiness: My story and 3 things I am thankful for:
When I was a kid, I was mesmerized by Mr. Rogers because he was stability during a time there was confusion in my house which no one talked about because they didn’t know how. They loved us and wanted to protect our little souls. But with Mr. Rogers, there was understanding and hope that came with the numerous times we would hear him say; “I like you just the way you are.”
Mr. Rogers said we leave a little of our selves with every single person we meet. The ability to keep this idea top of mind takes true, authentic leadership and those of you who know me have heard me say that I believe when people make a difference in our lives, tell them. Can you imagine the humanity that would come in a world of individuals who remember to let each person know they count?
I can, because I am here to tell you today you matter and to thank you for stopping by to join the conversation.
What about you? Your thoughts count. This is an open forum,
please leave your comments below.
This post was inspired after watching the documentary called:
“Mr Rogers and Me.“ PLEASE watch the trailer below. I ordered it OnDemand and the reflection that came as a result was moving and profound. If you buy it and watch it, I bet you can’t do it without a few tears to the eyes.
Three things I am grateful for:
- My community of family, friends, educators, mentors, medical professionals, leaders, coworkers, cohort, Benjamin Wagner and of course, Fred Rogers. All of whom nurtured me into being.
- Every single person I have met who has chosen compassion over judgement
- My ability to pay it forward
And of course, thanks to Benjamin Wagner for his brilliant talent
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