The fighting rooster

There was once a man who raised fighting roosters for the Emperor Xuan of the Northern Zhou Dynasty. He was preparing one particular rooster for a tournament, and the emperor regularly enquired on it. On the first enquiry, the man said it was not ready, because its fighting spirit was strong and its confidence was […]

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What does Nothingness feel like?

Beyond the cosmos there is a Nothingness. It is called ‘Nothingness’ for a good reason: it is not the same as ‘nothing’, because there is still ‘something’. It seems to be ‘nothing’; yet it is not ‘nothing’. Nothingness is only a label, conveniently slapped on it because we cannot think of a more suitable term. […]

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My methods

I practise two spiritual arts in great depth: Taiji in the tradition of the original Chinese masters, and Ati-yoga, a specific meditation type known to the ancient Tibetan shamans. I elaborate on my knowledge of these arts here. My Taiji expertise is acquired from the Nam Wah Taijigong Association of Singapore, a renowned martial arts […]

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My spirituality

I consider myself a pan-spiritual humanist. However, I am not interested in belonging to a humanist organization. In practice, many of these organizations are susceptible to the same human failings that plague traditional, organized religion, such as misogyny, racism, and dichotomous thinking (ie, “you’re either with us or against us). To be a humanist today […]

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A tale of two poems

Here are two poems – both equally beautiful but reflect vastly different modes of thinking: Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower – but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, […]

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Lessons learned long ago in an entrepreneurship seminar (Nov 2002)

Be prepared for criticism once you embark on anything that differs from the norm. Governments lack business vision. You should not expect any support or wisdom from them. Many businessmen end up banging their heads against the wall (figuratively) when dealing with governments, and even have to take their ideas overseas. Success in school makes […]

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The importance of the mundane

I used to be contemptuous of household chores, thinking they are seldom worth the effort since they are unending, and wishing I were rich enough to hire others to do all of them for me. That view has changed over the last 3 years. Now I believe that happiness might lie in the mundane, the […]

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Religion is energy

I realize that religion is energy. It is what humans do, and the energy they invest and receive from their beliefs, that are truly consequential to religions. Suppose there exists a critical mass of followers of a certain god. In their fervent belief they proselytize, organize, and create art and literature on this god. They […]

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Intuition

Before you read on allow me to clarify my intent. I am not trying to sell you anything or convince you of anything. You need not believe my thoughts on intuition, but simply entertain the possibility of them being true. In scientific terms what I am relating is a ‘hypothesis’, not a ‘theory’ or truth […]

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Animal School

From ‘Intuition: Knowing beyond logic, insights for a new way of living’, by Osho. The animals got together in the forest one day and decided to start a school. There was a rabbit, a bird, a squirrel, a fish, and an eel, and they formed a board of directors. The rabbit insisted that running be […]

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