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Mater Cheng Yen

A few months ago, I came across a book entitled “Jing Si Aphorisms” written by Master Chen. At first, I did not pay much attention to it and left it in my bookshelf for some time thinking that it is just another religious book. One night, for no reason at all, I picked up the book and started to read it. As I went along, I realized it is an unusual book on Buddhist philosophy, well written and authored by a nun.

As I read the book, I could not detect any statements that were contradictory to other religions. The meaning of the “aphorism” was profound and simple. I wish to share some of the statements with the readers.

The first three statements below talk about the meaning of life, the past, present and future:
1. Use wisdom to contemplate the meaning of life. Use resolve to organize the time in your life.

2. When walking, we step one foot forward, we left the other foot up. In the same way, we should let go of yesterday and focus on today.

3. The future is an illusion, the past is a memory. Hold on to the goodness that is in our hearts at this present moment and take care to fulfill the duties we have at hand.

Statements 4-6 talks about life in service to others:

4. Transient through life may be, one’s contributions will live on; as love knows no boundaries, its spirit will always remain.

5. A person with a generous heart and compassion for all beings live the most blessed live.

6. To willingly undergo hardship for the sake of helping others is compassion.

The publication, based on the Chinese language is also translated to English, Japanese and Spanish. Each statement that applies to me, puts me in deep contemplation of what I had done and whether I should become a better person after reading it and making amends. It also adds meaning to what is life really about. I would very much like to share these gems with you, the readers, and for you to decide how profound the words are.

About the Author of the Book (condensed from the Book):- Venerable Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in Chingsui, a small town in Central Taiwan. At the age of 23, she left home and became a Buddhist nun who lived a simple and virtuous life. She made a frugal living by making candles and bean powder. In 1966 she established the Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, an organization which was involved in charity, medicine, culture, community volunteerism, environmental protection and international relief. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Asian Nobel Prize. Living a simple life with bare necessities, she actively pursues her work in helping the poor and educating the rich.

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Calling all old salts of Ipoh ACS !

This year’s reunion dinner will be held on 3rd August in conjunction with the 118th anniversary of the founding of our beloved school, Ipoh ACS.

Keep yourself free on this day for  “an unforgettable evening of fun, laughter and friendship.…..”

Those interested can contact:

Ms Lim (05-2532882); Mr Looi (012-5151116); Mr Hum (012-3360770); Mr Lau (017-8820608); OR book online at http://goo.gl/XENKL

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Hi folks, do you still remember this? I saw it in my Facebook page today and thought it would be nice to share it with those of you who are familiar with Ipoh. It was a famous landmark back in those days but sadly it was torn down to make way for a car park. Sad!


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Today marks three important events in Siddhartha Gautama’s life – his birth, enlightenment and death. Two thousand years after his parinirvana, Gautama’s teachings still thrives because in one’s darkest hours and bleakest moments, his wisdom gives hopes, strength and joy to the sorrowful heart and tormented soul. Such is the greatness of this prince we called Buddha or the Enlightened One. Have a blessed Wesak.

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I still remember seeing how my father sweat profusely one night. His face turned pale from the pain he felt. It came from some gallstones in his liver. He did not see a western doctor but instead went to a Chinese physician who gave him some traditional medicine that came in the form of a packet of black powder made from herbs. Today, I came across this home remedy and hope to share it out…perhaps it could save someone out there.


By: Dr. Lai Chiu Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Dr. Lai is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from the regime. Gallstones may not be everyone’s concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer.

“Cancer is never the first illness,” Dr. Lai points out. “Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer.

In my research in China , I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It’s a matter of big or small, many or few.

One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can’t digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area.”

So if you think you have gallstones, Dr. Lai offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.


1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.

2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.

3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.

4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.

5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. “Usually they float,” Chiu Nan notes. “You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many.”

Even if you don’t have any symptoms of gallstones, you still might have some. It’s always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then.

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What Mom Taught Me

Mother’s Day is over but here is something to warm your heart. This is from my Facebook page.

1. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
“Your room looks like a tornado hit it.”

2. My mother taught me about RELIGION.
“You better pray that comes out of the carpet.”

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t straighten up I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week.”

4. My mother taught me about OSMOSIS.
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

5. My mother taught me about the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, I can take you out.”

6. My mother taught me about ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in the world who don’t have    wonderful parents like you.”

7. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
“You are going to get it when we get home.”

8. My mother taught me about GYNECOLOGY.
“Shut that door… You think you were raised in a barn?”

9. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
“One day you’ll have kids… I hope they turn out just like you!”

10. My mother taught me about LOGIC.
“Because I said so, that’s why.”

11. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
“You’ll sit there until your spinach is gone.”

12. My mother taught me about IRONY.
“Keep crying. I’ll give you something to cry about.”

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to pick up a book and read today!
It’s my favorite pastime.
What books are you reading today?”

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