Words from the transcriber: This dhamma talk from Sayadaw U Jotika is another time-less teachings from Sayadaw. Those simple teachings hold true over the time and serve as the core for any meditators, not just for the beginners as in the title. I got this dhamma talk from the Internet and it has no title. It was a talk Sayadaw U Jotika taught to a group of meditators during a retreat in Melbourne, on 09/03/1997. I has named the title as “Meditation for beginners”, based on the content and the aim of the talk. Yet, please note that the more I listen and read it, the more I meditate, the more I deeply realize the fact that, this is the critical teachings for even the most hard core meditators. I often call it “back to the basics”. And one more important thing is that the talk is very inspiring for whoever want to change your life for the better. I transcribed it here and will continue translating it into Vietnamese. Certainly, there may be in-corrections here and there, during the transcribe. But overall, the key points should be correctly written down. You can also refer to the original talk below. Enjoy the listening or reading.

I’m glad to see all of you. Some of you are new comers. I remember most of your faces. But I see some very young people here today. Are you here for the first time?

[conversations back and forth between Sayadaw and meditators]

I want to know if is there anybody here who has never meditated before, who is a real beginner? Oh, I see quite a few here today. Well, I want to tell you that once I was a beginner, that’s where we begin.

It was a long time ago when I was about 16. Long time ago. About thirty four years ago. So, I’ve come a long way, thirty four years is quite a long time. So, I want to welcome especially to those who are real beginners and also like to come here. Very glad to see you. Welcome, everybody.

So since there are a few people here who are really a beginner, today, I would like to talk about meditation from the very beginning. Actually, I want to have a kind of series of talks so that I can add more details, more ideas and keep it going. Maybe when I have time, I want to make a plan for that, because whenever you want to study something, you need a kind of plan, to have a plan to do that.

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Recorded once driving through the city of Saigon from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the heart of District 7. Crowded with too many people, cars and bikes in a cloudy morning of the rainy season. That’s Saigon. I LOVE SAIGON 2020!

Hình ảnh được ghi lại trong đoạn đường từ sân bay Tân Sơn Nhất đi xuyên ngang thành phố về tới Q7. Thật đông đúc với thật nhiều người và xe trong một buổi sáng mù mây của mùa mưa. Saigon là thế! I LOVE SAIGON 2020!

Đi bộ thể dục buổi sáng ở dọc hai bờ sông Hương, thỉnh thoảng dừng lại rút phone ra và đây là cái kết… Lung linh! Quá đẹp!

The photos below were captured by my phone once I took a few morning walks alongside Huong River in Hue. It was so beautiful and peaceful in the early morning.

Anyone who is using email surely know about auto-response email. That’s the email one has to use, once being away from office, from work, taking vacation or some days off. Basically, the content should read like “Thanks for reaching out to me. I’m not here right now. And would be back by… Should there be any urgent matter about …, please contact this number…” It’s usually going like that. Then, whenever a person tries to contact him or her through email, the system would automatically send back the auto-response content right away, without any second of thought. Once you receive the auto-response email, it means that the receiver is not there. He or she is absent.

It clicked me one day, once I got one of those auto-response emails like that. It reminds me that this auto-response is not just happening in email, it’s happening many times in our mind.

We auto-respond a lot, without even a second of thought. Once we see a bike, our feeling is immediately right there, instantly: whether we like the shape or not, whether we like the color or not, whether we like the sound of the exhaust or not, or even whether we like the biker who rides the bike or not. Certainly, we miss the whole process of data processing, step by step, about how the shape, the color, the sound,… are received by our body’s senses and how it is interpreted (based on what we have known, experienced, been biased, …) to the point it yields the feeling of love or hatred. We only know the very end result: the feeling. That process is too automatically happening. It seems like we have very less influence on this auto-response system, inside our body. How powerless is that, don’t you see?

It’s similar to the auto-response email is that we are not there, if the response is auto. We’re there, but we are really not there. As we don’t even know the whole process.

Yeah, most of the time we’re not there with our body and our mind. Our body and our mind run many auto-processes without any awareness of us. That’s how it also runs our life. And that’s why mindfulness, the awareness, can help us to “win” back our life. As we would know more into these auto-processes. And that’s when we can have more options to respond, instead of just the option of auto-response, while we’re not there.

Entrepreneurship is like a way to express freedom… While not all the times, entrepreneurs can enjoy the “fruit”, the journey is worth much beyond that. That’s the journey to grow. That’s those lessons and experiences throughout the journey. In this talk, I had a chance to share my own lessons learned through my entrepreneur journey of starting and growing a software company from 0 to 1000 people, 12 years ago. I hope you, entrepreneurs, can find it useful with many suggestions to have a wonderful entrepreneur journey of yourself, full of energy, full of motivation, and full of inspiration. Gud luck!

P.S. This talk is originally from this post: 8 entrepreneur things.

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As an indie author, I am working on keyword research to promote my book, The Happiness Journal, on Amazon. And during the process, I’ve observed an interesting fact that I’m going to share with you here, based on the data I have. Thanks to Publisher Rocket for helping pulling all these data. And the data itself is powerful. See below.

Basically, my first English book, The Happiness Journal, is to “serve” readers with daily sips of cafe for inspiration and motivation toward happiness. So, I started keyword research with the set of keywords above, addressing both sides of happiness, which the other side is suffering represented by the 8 first keywords in the list. I added three more very prime keywords for happiness as in the last 3. The result is a big surprise for me. While people make a lot of search for these keywords on Google per month, it’s not the same with what happens once people search for ebook on Amazon, the largest ebook store on earth. The numbers between the columns are too contrast. What is going on here? Can you tell?

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Monday’s thoughts

  • “Flexibility” is always the critical keyword in any situation, especially in the event of crisis or so…
  • I believe that “flexible” is the must-have-quality for building your sustainable business, success, and happiness.
  • I have observed that the more “flexible” one can be, the more mature that one is.
  • “Flexibility” itself doesn’t imply knowledge. And many times, too much of knowledge can prevent people from it. “Flexibility” certainly implies or requires wisdom. That’s you know the right thing to do under a given context. And that has to be harmless to anyone, including yourself. It’s not easy. Life is never easy, I believe. That’s how we have our lifetime to practise, experience and learn from it.
  • Talking about business, flexibility at work, flexibility in the business model, strategy, operations, crisis responses are proven far more critical than ever, given the current Covid storm.

How do we attain that “flexibility”? Minimalism, lean, fully “listening” or enhancing observation, … are a few things to start. And at the end, you’ll get to simpleness, know what the core is for your business and your life. Stick to those cores. As that’s where contains all the answers.

This is the quick summary of what I shared with a group of MBA students from McDonough School of Business | Georgetown University visiting Vietnam early this week. This is more or less what I have experienced throughout my entrepreneur journey to establish KMS Technology Vietnam and grow it up to nearly 1000 people company, before I resigned from the top position early in 2018, to pursue my new journey of spiritual development. Scroll down to read below.

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Everyone does have less or more of qualities for leadership. As I pointed out in my article (7 core qualities of a sustainable leader), those 7 qualities are common for anyone. It’s just that who practice it well for those 7 would naturally earn trust and respect from others. And that’s how they can advance their leadership level.

The great thing doesn’t stop there. Anyone possess those 7 would have a great life at the same time. “Great” doesn’t necessarily mean to be a top position or wealthy. “Great” means that they have a lot of great relationships with people around them and that can serve as the base for their great life and happiness. #beHATT.

On the other note, I believe personal success (either at work and in life) should be more or less personal responsibility, rather than our manager’s responsibility :). If your current manager doesn’t help you, either work with him or her to sort it out or just to find another manager. Or at best, you become the great manager of your own.