Friday, 26 February 2016
Homo sapiens are but one recent life-form on a mediocre planet in a universe comprising hundreds of billions more impressive ones. Genetically, we overlap banana by about 50%. Nevertheless, probably through some short-term evolutionary mishaps, modern humans manage to disregard these humbling facts with baffling self-confidence. Our contemporaries have no qualms about dismissing “reality” if it transcends their five dull senses. That’s partly why meditation — a human discovery which has been tested for a few thousand years — are commonly viewed with suspicion, even derision, by present-day urbanites. Fortunately, many “amazing” claims of meditation have been verified by inquisitive remnants of our species. Google for researches on the subject by any reputable institution (try Harvard, for example), and you might be surprised by the amount of investigations done in the past few decades.
Naturally, most meditation guides and insights are from accomplished masters. However, the experience of a beginner may prove comforting, if not necessarily helpful, to someone who’s curious about the basics such as what to do during meditation and how to deal with mental noises. I don’t have the answers, of course, but do have conjectures based on a few months of daily practice. I hope they are worth sharing.
大部分有關靜坐的論述和指導文章，都出自高人手筆。對一個有興趣卻未開始的人來說，另一個初學者的經驗和 「心得」 可能有更貼身的啓發作用。初學靜坐的人，有兩個最通常的問題。其一是：「打坐時做什麼？」 其二是：「念頭不斷，如何處置？」 這些問題看似簡單，其實很深。我雖然沒有答案，但短短十個月的靜坐經驗，給了我某些大家可能覺得有趣的妄想，便儘管寫出來分享一下吧。
Thursday, 4 February 2016
The following SCMP article doesn’t surprise me (http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1300687/more-residents-leave-hong-kong-experts-worry-about-brain). I think a severe “brain drain” has been going on for some time, as evidenced by the high proportion of intellectual dross in the community.
Historically, HK’s talent outflow was predominantly westward. Now it’s north and west. Both Taiwan and HK suffer a silent leakage of useful people. Silent because the more serious the depletion, the less we hear about it. The mainstream media don’t like the story, and the alternative voices are gone. Two million Taiwanese live in mainland China. Serious enough? Hush hush.