What a Ten Year-Old Boy Teaches Me

10 Sep 2015  Posted in Mind and Body 


“The criterion of learning is not judged by time but the proficiency.”


Recently, I have seen a 10-year-old boy speaking a kind of mind cultivation on TV.


I was watching a TV program shooting young chiefs to compete in a cooking competition.

The young chiefs were aged from 9 to 12 years old.

Now, it is broadcasting the second season of this cooking competition.

There was a boy failed to win in the competition at the first season.

He has joined the second season of the competition again.

He is still staying in the competition with other three competitors at the moment.


Every participant was required to cook 2 dishes in the competition.

He was praised for his first dish. 

Usually, a person will be happy if he or she is praised.

H said “The judges really liked my dish in the first round..

I cannot be happy... because there is the second round…”

Then, he got the same score as the competitor who was the second runner-up so he could continue to compete

At the beginning, he did not know this so his face was stiff.

When he knew he could continue, he was relieved.


Improve Quality Of Our Mind


Bodhi Dharma taught four ways to practice during on cultivation.

One of them is…..


If you feel fortunate or things are going smoothly, don’t be happy.


It was surprising to hear a 10-year-old boy saying this because it is a spiritual practice of Zen in Buddhism.

Our mind is unrest easily because our mind is used to be unrest for a long time.

It is a form of habitual thinking and it is not easy to stop.

To improve and tranquilize our mind, we can form a new habitual thinking by doing this spiritual practice of Zen.

We adhere to the principle “don’t be happy if things go smoothly” in any circumstances.

Eventually, this principle forms a new habitual thinking.

This new habitual thinking helps to keep our mind calm.



Affected By External Environment


Our mind is easily affected by energy bodies of others.

Through spiritual practices and cultivation of our mind, we can keep our mind awaken and stable in any circumstances.


Once, my friend, Mr. A, often told someone I had special abilities.

At the beginning, I did not response to this.

When he told someone that I had special abilities again and again, I felt happy.

Sometime, I reacted greatly and unconsciously.

After I left the gathering, I have realized my mind was less serene due to hearing and seeing this praise repeatedly.

At that time, I did not know the spiritual practice of Zen mentioned previously.

Praise is strong energy influencing our mind.

The spiritual practice of Zen can act as a reminder in this case.




Some people have read many books but they have not practiced methods stated in the books.

Some people have read a few books but they have practiced constantly methods stated in the books.

Therefore, the ones who have practiced and verified the methods improve their lives quickly.  

It is difficult to transform our mind because this habitual thinking forms unconsciously for a long time / for many past lives.

The Ten Year-Old boy was sad when he was not yet told that he could continue to compete at the beginning.

This is habitual thinking.

The master of Zen in Buddhism, Bodhi Dharma taught the second practice…


If unhappy events happen on you, do not grumble.


This is very important to learn, to ponder, to verify and to practise because we are easily affected by our surroundings and by our mind.

His or her Energy Body emanates subtle energy influencing us invisibly.  

Emotion emitted by a person can also affect us greatly.

Values and Beliefs hidden in our mind govern us unconsciously. 

Spiritual practices and on cultivation can improve the quality of our mind.

The spiritual practices of Zen in Buddhism are some of the methods to achieve this.


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