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A sharing on how Buddhism has helped the speaker to advance her career and enhance her inner peace.

A sharing on how Buddhism has helped the speaker to advance her career and enhance her inner peace.
By Yap Ching Wi

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  • How Buddhism Helped My Success Yap Ching Wi
  • The Nature of Things… and Me
    • The Three Marks of Existence
    • Anicca , impermanence, 無常 - all conditioned things are in a constant state of flux. Buddhism teaches a middle way, avoiding the extreme views of eternalism and nihilism.
    • Dukkha , unsatisfactoriness, 苦 - nothing found in the physical world or even the psychological realm can bring lasting deep satisfaction.
    • Anatta , non-self, 空 - phenomena are not, or are without, a permanent self. (source: wikipedia)
  • The Nature of Things… and Me Achieving academic, career and reputation – what next after success? The highest power or joy = Enlightenment The process of acquiring Enlightenment = growing one’s wisdom and compassion while making others happy
  • From Mundane to Holistic Success
    • While fulfilling one’s duties and responsibilities as a son/daughter or husband/wife, professional, citizen, etc., keep on building wisdom and compassion:
      • inner-peace  inner-clarity  reduced mental activity & vexation  greater freedom and power  do what you want while bringing happiness and peace to others
    • Motivation and how you use the resources of success are what matter.
  • From Mundane to Holistic Success
    • Pre and Post Buddhist days - Same Goal but Different Motivation and Different Methods
    • Pre Buddhist days
    • - driven by anger and social injustice (a superior sense of self righteousness)
    • Buddhist days
    • more determined to examine and improve my bad habits, blind spots and ego
    • greater joy and freedom to focus on one project: ME
    • Reduce Me , Mine , I  increase peace & success for self and others!
  • From Mundane to Holistic Success
    • Lotu s
    • 出于污泥而不染
    • Take each adversity in life
    • as an opportunity to improve, while not taking on the “pollution” or baggage of the adversity
  • Success is… Dharma In Action The Straits Times (Singapore) May 17, 2010 Monday Asked to change religion? Here's help;  Buddhist group produces book on how to handle unwelcome proselytising by Yen Feng The people behind the writing and research belong to Dharma in Action, a group of Buddhist professionals that includes teachers, social workers and counsellors. They say their aim is to 'support fellow Buddhists who are facing proselytising by others in their workplace, school or even at home'. 'As Buddhists, we tend to step back in these situations,' said Miss Lim. 'Now we are saying: Stand firm. Say 'no' - with compassion.‘ This is the first attempt among Buddhist groups here to speak openly about proselytisation - a delicate subject in multi-religious societies. And with endorsement from the two Buddhist temples and SBF, it may be the closest to a unified stand taken by a faith group on how devotees, feeling pressured in such situations, should respond. Watch how races can live in harmony at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UehSJlOQj2I
  • Success is… Dharma In Action Embark on a 6-month journey to create your own happiness in the here and now! www.BuddhistConference.sg
    • Upcoming Fringe event:
    • 5 June Ven Faxun
    • – Happiness is balancing spiritual and material needs
    • 3 July Dr Tan Eng Kong
    • – workshop for Buddhist helping professionals on self care
    • Public talk on how Buddhism can help Buddhists in teaching/helping jobs
    • Register now!
  • “ Secrets” to my Success
    • Metta Sutta : opens up the heart to helping self and others
    • Spiritual Friends : watch my ego and discipline my bad habits
    • Continue to learn the Dharma : gives me the confidence to live at the edge of my comfort zone (continuous growth)
    • Most important: check if I am happier year after year! Freedom inside allows me to experience the happiness that is all around me
  • My Happiness process over the years.. As vexations (the red line) reduce in intensity and frequency, my emotions (the blue line) become less volatile and not over the top high nor lowest of low. I gradually feel an increasing sense of well-being and joy.
  • My Invitation To You
    • Continue to reflect
    • Find & keep spiritual friends
    • Learn the Dharma
    • Contribute to our Buddhist community – join us 
    There is a need to create a sense of community among Buddhists - plant the seed to our own future – it’s the best investment of all!
  • Dedication and Aspiration