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Chinese New Year Zen

In Chinatowns across the world, one cannot fail to notice the ubiquitous statues of a cheerful rotund figure carrying a hemp sack. The Chinese call him “The Happy Chinaman” or “The Laughing Buddha”. That happy fellow, Pu-tai Ho-shang or “Hemp-bag monk”, was an eccentric Zen beggar priest who lived during the Tang Dynasty. In Japan, he is called Hotei (literally “cloth bag”) and is one of the seven lucky gods. He is supposedly the only member of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods based on an actual person. He is sometimes mistaken for the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. It is believed that rubbing his pot-belly will bring about wealth, good luck and prosperity. He is considered by many as the patron saint of restaurateurs and bartenders.
 
 Although he was a Zen master, he did not wished to be called one nor he wanted any disciples. Instead, he would walk the streets with his linen sack full of candies, fruits, doughnuts and other goodies. He would give those to the poor and needy and to the children who gather around him to play. The streets were his kindergartens.
 
 Whenever he met a Zen devotee, he would extend his hand and say: “Give me a dime.” And if anyone asked him to return to a temple to teach others, again he would reply: “Give me a dime.”
 
 One day, another Zen master chanced upon him and inquired: “What is the significance of Zen?”
 
 Hotei immediatly plopped his sack down on the ground in silent answer.
 
 “Then,” asked the other, “what is the actualisation of Zen?”
 
 Immediately, the Happy Chinaman swung the sack over his shoulder and continued on his way.
 
 Anak Malaysia wishes all Chinese “Kong Hee Fatt Choy (Gong Xi Fa Cai)”.

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Monday, February 19, 2007 Posted by | Commentary, Culture, General Info, Inspiration, News, Others, Quotes, Trivia | Leave a comment

Photo of the Year 2006

World Press Photo of the Year 2006 - Young Lebanese drive through devastated neighborhood of South Beirut, 15 August 2006 (mymalaysia)

 

The international jury of the 50th annual World Press Photo Contest selected a color image of the US photographer Spencer Platt of Getty Images as World Press Photo of the Year 2006.

 

The picture shows a group of young Lebanese driving through a South Beirut neighborhood devastated by Israeli bombings. The picture was taken on 15 August 2006, the first day of the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah when thousands of Lebanese started returning to their homes.

World Press Photo jury chair Michele McNally describes the winning image: “It’s a picture you can keep looking at. It has the complexity and contradiction of real life, amidst chaos. This photograph makes you look beyond the obvious.”

This year 4,460 professional photographers from 124 countries entered 78,083 images in the most prestigious annual international competition in press photography. The judging sessions took place in Amsterdam from 27 January to 8 February. The jury gave prizes in 10 theme categories to 58 photographers of 23 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestinian Territories, People’s Republic of China, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA.

 

Source: World Press Photo

Monday, February 19, 2007 Posted by | Commentary, Issues, News, Politics | Leave a comment

Positive Discrimination

By Ahmed Ameen
Islam Online, Kuala Lumpur

They call it “positive” discrimination, but that depends on your perspective. An official government policy of such positive discrimination means that Malays, students and faculty, get the advantage when it comes to education. The Chinese Malaysians feel the brunt of this.

While many Southeast Asian countries, especially Indonesia and Thailand, have a background of Sinophobia, only Malaysia has instituted an official policy against its own Chinese. The Chinese make up almost one-third of the overall population, more within the colleges.

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Britney Spears Bald

Britney went straight from the rehab, to the barber’s and then get herself tattoed.

Monday, February 19, 2007 Posted by | Culture, Humor, Lifestyle, News, Trivia, Videos, You Tube | Leave a comment

10 Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts for Excel

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Monday, February 19, 2007 Posted by | Computers, Documentary, General Info, Live Video, Tips, Videos, Windows XP Tips and Tricks | 5 Comments

Crop Circle Chronicles

This is a SERIOUS look at the crop circle phenomenon! This is one of the best seriously documented analysis of the circles, and an interpretation of what the message might being saying to us. – as quoted by the uploader

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