THE GIFT OF DHAMMA SURPASSES ALL OTHER GIFTS
Title: A Collection Of LIFE Lessons
Author: Oh Teik Bin
Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia
Front and back cover by Oh Teik Bin
Printed for free distribution
This edition (2014) : 1000 copies
Not For Sale
This Dhamma Dana book is a gift, printed solely for free distribution.
Lots of other educational and Dhamma material by the same author are
available at the following Websites:
No copyright is applicable to this publication and any organizations,
societies or individuals are welcome to reprint part or all of it. However,
such reprints must be for free distribution. It would be appreciated if the
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“A Collection Of LIFE Lessons”
is dedicated in ever loving memory of
My late Parents
OH KHAY LENG ( 1924 – 1999 )
LIM SAW GHIM ( 1924 – 2012 )
My sincere thanks and gratitude go to the following:
All Sangha and lay members who have taught the sublime
Dhamma and valuable LIFE LESSONS at
Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak, Teluk Intan since 1987
All my friends who have in one way or other contributed to my
growth in the Dhamma
This book has been sponsored for free distribution by
The Children of Mr. & Mrs. Oh Khay Leng
All Other Family Members
DEDICATION OF MERITS
May all beings share in the merits of this Dhamma Dana.
May they find happiness, peace and liberation.
I Have Learned…
Gems Of Wisdom
Food For Thought From The Aliens
Humor And Wisdom
Learning From Humor And Insults
May I Reflect…
My Wise Teacher Says…
What The Buddha Said On Wakefulness
10 Wisdom Tells Me That…
11 Wise Child, Great Thoughts
Great Minds, Great Thoughts
Your Views, Buddha’s Views
Isn’t It So…Ponderings
Priceless LIFE Lessons I’ve Learned…
Of Virtues And Values
Picks Of Peculiar Pics
A Deva Asks…
Good Mental Food
20 Favorite Chinese Proverbs
Insights From Clever Quips
What Have We Done Today?
Wise Ones, Wise Thoughts
So What Will Matter…?
Your Constant Companion
I Feel A Great Friend Would…
My previous Dhamma / Motivational / Inspirational books for free distribution, namely
• Dhamma Matters
• ‘Why Like That One?’
• LIFE Lessons With Power Points
• More LIFE Lessons To Learn
• Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure
have received rather good and encouraging feedback. Some readers emailed to say they have
benefited from the different chapters in the books. All this spurred me to write more LIFE
Lessons that can help the young and old to grow in happiness, peace, compassion, wisdom and
freedom of the mind.
A Collection of LIFE Lessons is a Dhamma / Educational book of 30 Chapters containing
contents that aim to
* help spread important points and messages of the sublime Dhamma
* inculcate virtues and good moral values particularly among children, students and youths
* convey invaluable LIFE Lessons in our troubled times of growing anxiety, insecurity
A Collection of LIFE Lessons is written in a pictorial and graphic way to make for easy
reading. Today, in a time when most people especially the younger generation are hooked on
things like Facebook, Smart phones, online games, internet chat and the attractions of the iPad,
iPod and so on, the reading of books that are wordy and filled with textual writings has lost its
appeal. It is hoped that the format of A Collection of LIFE Lessons will draw more readers to
Most of the contents in the book have been drawn from my postings on the following Web Sites:
May All Beings Be Well And Happy!
OH TEIK BIN
I HAVE LEARNED…
That happiness and sorrow
are part and parcel of life.
OF VIRTUES AND VALUES
1 The dangers of intoxicating drinks are very real. Apart from threatening one’s
physical health, intoxicants cause the mind to be heedless.
2 Beware of your unwholesome desires. When one cannot accept the reality of ageing,
one will suffer from the defilements of desire, greed, lust and craving.
Any sexual misconduct (adultery, rape, sexual exploitation and so on) will eventually
bring pain to the transgressor and the victims.
We must practice the precept or training rule of refraining from sexual misconduct.
Do not betray relationships. Practice contentment.
When one does not observe the rules of morality
one will fall into states of sorrow and misery.
Greed, Hatred and Delusion are the ‘Devils’ within
That are the true root cause of Dukkha or suffering.
Parents have to show exemplary behavior to their children. The young ones catch
the vices of greed, lust and anger pretty easily.
Unwholesome speech or actions have consequences which will cause hurt, anger or illwill to other people who in turn can react or retaliate against the mindless one.
Beware of the Ego! One who is filled with pride, conceit and is boastful cannot
relate well with others. Humility is a good virtue to practice.
One who has a big ego will suffer within. He will also cause much suffering to others.
Diminishing the ‘I’ and ‘Mine’ will bring much peace to the mind.
Being mindful in our thoughts, speech and actions is a most important quality of the
mind. A lack of mindfulness can lead to much suffering.
Poor memory arising out of a lack of attention in what we hear or observe can bring
about trouble and conflict to oneself and to others.
The unmindful person oftentimes makes foolish mistakes in his speech and deeds.
This affects adversely his interaction with others.
Taking intoxicants can lead to one losing his heedfulness. He then can speak or act in
ways where he would regret later. Keep your mind clear by not taking intoxicants.
Educating the young ones requires much skill and patience.
Educating the young ones requires much skill and patience.
Modern kids are smarter than you think.
Creative and wise ways are needed to educate them.
In Ever Loving Memory Of
Our Beloved Parents
Oh Khay Leng
1924 - 1999
Lim Saw Ghim
1924 - 2012
May they rejoice in the merits of this
Dhamma Dana and may they attain
The Bliss of Nibbana.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Oh Teik Bin, Brothers and Sister
And All In The Family
A Collection of LIFE Lessons is a Dhamma / Educational
book of 30 Chapters containing contents that aim to
* help spread important points and messages of the sublime
* inculcate virtues and good moral values particularly among
children, students and youths
* convey invaluable LIFE Lessons in our troubled times of
growing anxiety, insecurity and stress
A Collection of LIFE Lessons is written in a pictorial and graphic
way to make for easy reading. Today, in a time when most people
especially the younger generation are hooked on things like
Facebook, Smart phones, online games, internet chat and the
attractions of the iPad, iPod and so on, the reading of books that
are wordy and filled with textual writings has lost its appeal. It is
hoped that the format of A Collection of LIFE Lessons will
draw more readers to learn LIFE Lessons.
Most of the contents in the book have been drawn from my
postings on the following Web Sites:
About the Author
Oh Teik Bin is a retired teacher and has been involved in
Dhammaduta work for more than 25 years at Persatuan Buddhist
Hilir Perak, Teluk Intan. His Dhammaduta and outreach services
include guidance classes, community library work, Buddhist
Sunday School, Dhamma classes,
Youth Camps, Dhamma
and Buddhist wake chanting services. Over
Internet, Oh Teik Bin has posted lots of Dhamma and
educational material at:
He can be contacted at Facebook and