This post is a cute and pitiful attempt at helping people to make a foundation of peace in their minds, through visual representations of certain ideas I regard as beneficial.
The Logo Explained
It’s true, I love Buddhism, however, I promise that this website is not an attempt to convert anyone to any religion: the image just shows what I believe our real underlying goals are in life. I was in a post office in Taipei on ‘Heping Rd’ (Peace Rd) when I realised (or came to believe) that without exception everything anyone has ever done was in order to experience one, some or all of the following: health, peace, love and happiness. There are no exceptions: even when it seemed like you wanted the very opposite of these things in fact you were secretly trying to get to at least one of them. A thing most people call a ‘good deed’ is something that increases these things for others. Paradoxically we don’t achieve these states in the long term by grasping for them too directly. Perhaps the best approach is actually by just trying to help others to achieve them. Because all are actually states of the mind (health is mental and physical), they need not be dependent on external conditions and therefore can be ever present if you are. So in fact you don’t need the latest phone or tablet or car to be happy. You don’t need to worry too much about how you look to others, because in fact none of that superficial stuff relates directly to what really matters.
The body represents physical health, the glowing head represents mental health, the sea is peace, the heart is love and the sunshine is happiness. The flower is erm…wisdom opening up… alright, alright I haven’t figured that one out yet, it was just added on because it looked nice.
Confucian Repentance: No Second Pass
(perhaps meaning to not let it come to pass a second time)
A visual answer to the great question of how we can learn from the past but also be present. By being clear without excessive thinking, & resolving sincerely to do better from now on. You can always make up for a mistake in the last moment by doing better in this moment.
“Turn your face toward the sun and let the shadows fall behind you.” (Maori Proverb)
Be Clear About What You’re Doing & Do Meaningful Things
This is, in my opinion, a brilliant guiding principle. Many people live in a cage of unnecessary rules and many seem to have far too few guiding principles at all. If you just try to be aware (conscious of what you’re doing) and do meaningful (helpful or productive) things then for some this can make life much more enjoyable and productive.
You promised to do the washing up but an old friend you really like whom you haven’t seen in ages comes round.
Too few rules: You go off with your friend for hours and hours and forget about the washing up.
Too many rules: You tell your friend to go away because you have to do the washing up right now.
Aware + meaningful things: You welcome your friend inside (making people feel valuable is highly meaningful). You check to see if the washing up can be done later. If so, you enjoy being with your friend and when they leave you’re clear that you need to do the washing up.
Here are some more examples:
Too few rules:
You lounge around in front of the TV all day most days, with no idea what you will watch or what you’re really doing.
You often don’t get the work done you should have done and go out drifting around not doing much useful.
Too many rules:
You would really enjoy watching TV but never do because you see it as a distraction.
You forbid yourself from ever going out and keep yourself at your desk and work.
Aware + doing meaningful things
There are some shows which you really enjoy or which give you lots of knowledge, you know when they’re on, you watch them and then turn off the TV and do other stuff.
You often work well with focus and once you’re finished you go out. When you’re out you do fun or useful things. Sometimes when you’re working you feel like going out for a walk, so you head off to a cafe with your notebook and keep working. When you catch yourself daydreaming for too long you bring your focus back to the work.