在美國洗證件照巨貴

忍不住吐槽一下。

護照照片用完了,需要洗兩張。

先去了Costco,可以幫你照新的,但是不給洗2×2的照片,4×6的就可以洗。5美金,價格可以,但是我剛做完熱瑜伽,怎麼樣也不是適合照相的時點。

再去了UPS Store,結果他們機器剛好壞了,在等零件,不知猴年馬月才會送到。店員很好,直接叫我去同一條路上的CVS。

CVS裡面放的是柯達的機器,是可以洗2×2的,但是要$14美金。我發神經嗎?洗兩張照片,花台幣四百多元!

回家上了Walmart網站,價錢是好點,但是洗兩張證件照也要$8元錢。

然後很節儉的我發現,洗4×6的相片只要$0.25,於是我剪輯後,一張$0.25的照片可以洗出6張證件照。只有傻子、懶人、富人和不用電腦的老人家才會去花那麼多錢在美國洗證件照吧。

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車苦 🚗 auto suffering 


一個多月沒開小灰,出門覓食時發現,發不動了!😱

果然,電子寵物也需要主人的關注。

My beloved car has been idle for over a month so it wasn’t completely a surprise when it couldn’t be started. 

保險公司派了個大帥哥來「救援」。帥哥啥也沒幹,猛踩油門幾下,就搞定了。讓我非常之囧囧囧

GEICO service is pretty good. Just by sending a request via their mobile app, I had them dispatch a roadside service agent at my door within 30 minutes. 

And, without doing anything else, he just took my key, started the engine and hit the gas pedal making those noises, then voila! 

I don’t know how many idiots like me he had to encounter everyday. Hopefully I’m not the only one. 

於是腦海中浮現了:

沒錢時,賺錢是苦;有錢時,守護錢財是苦;最終錢財耗盡時,也是苦。

同理:沒車時,哪裡都去不了是苦;有車後,發不動是苦,不會停車是苦,花錢買汽油喂它也是苦⋯⋯雖然守護不易,還是有了感情,等要和它分別的時候,應該也會是苦。

再次稱讚一下:CRV真是好車!

Lesson learned: Living in Southern California without a car is suffering–literally legless. Having a car is also a suffering–the maintenance, parking, tickets, even mistakened tickets! Parting with the car will most likely also be a suffering. As the teaching said, these material possession is a suffering in the beginning, middle and end. 

A Key 一把鑰匙

IMG_0725去年年底在錫金秋殿寺,一個人來人往的主要過道上,有人在正中間掛起了一把鑰匙。

第一天看到,想說喇嘛很有意思,要給人鑰匙就這樣隨手一掛麽?

第二天看到,還在那裡,就琢磨著難道是有人撿到了鑰匙,不知如何物歸原主,於是就掛在那裡,希望失主回來能看到?

第三天還在那裡,我就反反覆覆地設想各種情景……

這麼大一座寺廟,這麼多事物可以觀看,我就不知為何地盯住這把小小的鑰匙,在大家頭上晃動的鑰匙。

就像一個小石子,撲通一聲落進水裡,然後帶來了一圈又一圈的遐思。

Last November at Sikkim’s Chorten Monastery,on a main passage leading to the office and monks’quarter, someone hung this key.

I somehow became obsessed with this key. It simply appeared at such an abnormal place to me. I walked below it everyday during that period, thinking all sorts of possible reasons why it was there while all other people did not seem to care about it at all.

It feels like all a sudden there is someone walking around with horns but nobody makes a fuss about it.

Today, seeing this picture makes me start wondering again.

雨後的蝸牛 Snails after Rain

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連下了一週大雨後,車道和花園步道上滿是逃離水災的迷你蝸牛,成千上萬的。車子一進出就橫屍遍野;走在步道上,再怎麽小心,還是每走幾步就「喀嚓」一聲……

Countless mini snails came to the drive way and paved garden areas. Literally hundreds died when driving in and out of garage. Though small, they are still lives – actually very cute lives in close look.

雖然小,卻也是生命。

湊近一看,還是非常可愛的生命。

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弟弟也很感興趣,還好它沒把蝸牛當食物。

Didi was also very interested in them. It is fortunate that he is a British breed instead of a French breed. Otherwise, he might have enjoyed them as a big feast.

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於是花了很長時間,邊掃邊念「嗡瑪尼唄美吽」,把這些小小蝸牛一一掃回花圃裡。

IMG_4772So while Didi is taking his walk, I swept these tiny creatures back to the meadow while chanting Mani for them. May the diseased be cared for in Sukhavati and the alive ones enjoy a live without sufferings. 

掃的時候,不小心又踩死幾隻。這就是想做善事又缺乏智慧的寫照吧。

Happy Losar at Chorten 美好的藏曆新年從見多智欽仁波切開始!

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A beautiful sunny day for Losar (the Tibetan New Year)  at Chorten Monastery, Sikkim, with presence of Dodrupchen Rinpoche. What a great start of joyful blessings for the new year!!

Today is also the last day of the Vajrakilaya Drupchen. Rinpoche was in the main shrine hall for about two hours in the morning, granting blessings to the participants.

Despite of all the crowds flooding the monastery, I coincidentally ended up sitting in a place almost identical to where I sat throughout the Sakya Center’s Kilaya puja,  hence being able to take some pictures.

第一次在錫金過藏曆新年。今天是藏曆新年初一。一大早,不到四點就有人開始電話拜年。

早上大家一起和酥油茶,吃麻花,老人家給大家加持和贈以吉祥語。今天還收了好幾個紅包(不過是在白信封內)。然後就出發到廟裡。

今天也是秋登寺普巴金剛竹千法會的最後一天,很多人從昨晚就待在廟裡,滿滿的人潮把大殿外那一大塊地方都佔滿了,完全擠不進去。其實穿着新衣服又帶著相機,也沒那本事去擠。一開始就在外面轉轉,還作為寺廟商店今年的第一個客人,請了幾個保佑健康的護身符預備帶回台灣給長輩。後來因緣巧合,混進了大殿,落腳在和德拉敦普巴法會一樣的位置,於是才照了些相片。

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After Rinpoche left, a lot of devotees came paying homage to his throne.
多智欽(多竹千)仁波切離座後,大批信徒前來頂禮他的法座。
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Tea and sweet butter rice for all. This was taken before the crowds spotting these goodies. Non-stop of hundreds of people around within 10 minutes afterwards. This may well be my expertise – subconsciously drawn to where good food is before anybody else.
寺廟提供給所有人的茶和酥油飯,照相時才剛擺出來,沒一會兒又人山人海了。我的特長似乎是能領先所有人找到好吃的。
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And the beautiful flowers at Chorten! It is orchid season now. I so worship the senior lama who takes care of all these flowers now.

May all sentient beings find beauty, purity, peace and happiness in all their perceptions.

進大殿前,主要就是在外面賞花。現在是錫金蘭花的季節,負責照顧花的老喇嘛實在太厲害了。

願一切有情眾生都能在自己的一切感知中,安住於美好、清淨與安樂。

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Sarva mangalam.

你睡得好嗎?Sleep Efficiency

買了一個這個來玩,主要是想看看自己的睡眠情況。

前兩周一起吃飯的幾位功成名就的中年男人都說他們只睡5小時就夠,我就不瞭解自己怎麽到這個年紀還得持續“至少8個小時,10個小時最好”的睡眠需求?難道是我的睡眠品質比較差?

一夜見分曉,除了起來上廁所外,一動都不動,睡眠效率是99%!![汗] 所以我是先天不適合長時間工作的~

話說回來,這種東西輪流給家人玩玩就好,我可不會經常貼身戴著一個24hr開著無線藍牙的東西,那無疑是找死。

十年前在德國工作時,就有西門子的工程師同事告誡我,手機撥號時,在線路沒接通到等待鈴音前,最好都不要拿的離頭太近,因為那時是功率最大的時候,距離拉長,影響以平方倍數下降。我現在連睡覺時都把手機調到飛行模式,放得遠遠的。特別是看到那個丹麥中學生的wifi和豆芽實驗之後,委實不想讓自己的腦子去冒那個險。

Got one of this to track my sleep. It was triggered by a dinner with several very successful ex-colleagues who all claimed that they don’t need much sleep nowadays, like 5 hours a day is enough. So I started wondering how come I still need minimum 8 hours and ideally 10 hours of sleep a day? Can it be the problem of my sleep quality?

And the answer is a clearly no. Not only did I not toss around while sleeping, but actually I did not move at all except for the toilet breaks. I guess I simply need that long hours of sleep, just like a baby.

Having said that, also it was quite fun. For sure I am not going to carry something constantly sending wireless/bluetooth signals. Nowadays I even turn my mobile phone to airplane mode and keep it far away while going to bed. I simply don’t want my brain fried by those wireless signals as shown in that Danish wifi beansprout experiment!

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Fitbit® One™  I Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker – Advanced tracking for daily activity, sleep, and stairs climbed.

艶陽天摘桃子 Peach Picking

這次來美國,先是碰到家裡的枇杷豐收。

This time in US, I was first greeted by the loquats from the garden.  There are so many that I ended up using them to make smoothies.

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然後開始一段很奢侈的打果汁生活。想當初枇杷曾經是多昂貴的水果,這裡怕吃不完會壞掉,拿來打果昔。

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然後是神奇表嫂種的一樹黑莓。神奇表嫂種什麼都長得很好,她的黑莓樹,結著密密麻麻的果實。我説我打果汁不挑剔甜不甜,於是她辛苦採了一盒碩大黑色直接吃的莓兒,又給我一大缸較小、未熟透的莓兒,我把後面那類和買來的有機草莓一起打來喝,是好幾天的早餐~

Then a cousin offered many of her home grown blackberries so my breakfast switched to organic berry smoothies for a while.

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今天陪姑姑去幫神奇表嫂採桃子,也是一樹,有兩三百個桃子吧,有時一拉樹枝,熟透的桃子就掉到地上砸了,好可惜~隨

便採採,也摘了五大袋。雖然小,但即使青色的也都是脆甜 🙂 下週就是吃桃週了。

Today, I went to her place to pick peaches. Wow, there must be several hundreds of them. We got so many bags! Sweet and juicy, perfect for tomorrow’s tsog.

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最後要秀一下我鍾愛的梔子花。剛來時,已經快要咽氣的梔子花,枯到剩一根細細的樹枝,幾片焦黃的葉子,一個月後,雖然還是那麽一枝,卻長滿了花苞,真有知己的感覺。

一個花園中,有那麽一個知己已經讓人很快樂了,何況最近大家都長得欣欣向榮的,樂哉!

Last but not the least is the beautiful gardenia from our own garden. Animate or inanimate, they are all beautiful beings to me. May all enjoy this simple and pure happiness at all time.

Cheerios Dinner

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這週每天晚餐都是這個:燕麥圈圈餅加杏仁奶。

朋友覺得很好笑,“這不應該是早餐嗎?”

晚餐即是早餐,早餐即是晚餐;

白晝即是黑夜,黑夜即是白晝。

其實是早上起床十五分鐘內就得出門,根本沒時間吃早餐。

也無所謂,不過是熱的就更好。下次要記得帶味增湯包來。

——流浪生活雜記

My dinner everyday for this week.

Yes, I know, it should have been my breakfast…

I should bring some miso soup packs next time.

This is the downfall of last minute packing.

Still, life goes on… with cheerios dinner…

熱瑜伽課的啓發 Love the Inspiring Hot Yoga Class Today

今天去挑戰比較難的熱瑜伽課程,感覺反而沒有上次累,果然有練就有進步。

上次那個綠課比較多要靜止維持住的姿勢,這次比較多flow,上海的Y+是綜合這兩種,但是比較容易。兩年沒有做熱瑜伽,一堂課總是有一、兩個動作是曾經能做,但現在已經做不全。結論就是瑜伽果真是會鍛鍊到很多平常不會用到的肌肉。

Today I went to my 2nd hot yoga class in California, supposedly a more challenging one. But I actually felt more at ease than the first one. After two years of not doing yoga regularly, there was always a few postures that I can no longer perform thoroughly, which proves that yoga does help exercise some muscles not used in daily life or other sports.

今天的瑜伽課只有12個學生,這些人的身材都超好的。像我就完全是個外星人,有一、兩人是中等身材(亞洲人,所以在美國其實都算小號的),其他不管黑人、白人、混血男男女女,全都是可以拍泳裝廣告的身材!

而且有幾個人我猜不是舞者就是以後會變成瑜伽老師的人,太神奇了。老師説做倒立——能做手倒立的就做手倒立(就是兩手撐直在地上倒立起來然後筆直停住),能做頭倒立的就做頭倒立(就是手的力量不夠,以頭頂在地上為主,手輔助一下),能做肩膀倒立的就做肩膀倒立(就是頭倒立也做不起來,就可以躺在地上,用手撐著背,靠肩膀和腰腹力量倒立起來)。

在上海通常不是每個人都能做肩膀倒立的;頭倒立的只能以鳳毛麟角來形容,而且幾乎都是男的才會做。這裡有4個人可以雙手倒立,而且都不用靠牆的輔助的~ 是體操運動員嗎?太神奇了。有一個美女還能很優雅的兩隻腳叉開慢慢抬上去!有3個人靠著牆做,應該是頭倒立吧,或者是手倒立。剩下的人全都能做很漂亮的肩膀倒立。也就是說一半以上的人都能做手或頭的倒立耶!

These Californian classmates are super fit. Half of them can do either handstand or headstand, and the rest can all do shoulder stand. No wonder most of them have great bodies.  For me, it felt a bit like stepping into a swimwear photo shoot  as a completely outlier. Nevertheless, it is very inspiring to do yoga with them.

I especially love the comments by today’s teacher. Once he said something really Zen:

“There is no destination. If your head touches the floor, then you need to bring your feet closer so that you can do a proper stretch of your back. The floor is not the destination. There is no destination. Destination only exists in your mind.”

What a profound statement!

Even when we were supposedly calming our mind and focusing on our body, still our habitual patterns always rush us to go for some destination or to achieve something. Indeed the destination only exists in our mind. It is our mind which decides what is the destination; it is our mind which decides whether we reach the destination or not. These are all illusions created by our minds. Unfortunately we play this game for too long that we forget it is only an illusion created by ourselves and then end up with all those worries, feeling of underachievement, unhappiness and sufferings.

May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the cause of suffering. May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.  May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering. May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.

老師也很好,我特別喜歡今天這個男老師的風格。我們在做一個兩腳打開、彎腰向下伸展背脊的動作時,因為這些神人同學隨便一彎就整個人下去了,他説了一段話讓我特別感到有啓發:

“目的地是不存在的。如果你的頭碰到地的話,就把兩腳站得近一點,這個姿勢是要伸展你的背脊,不是要頭碰地爲目的地。沒有目的地,目的地只存在你的心裡。”

我們大部分人真的都太急於想要達到什麽目的,而忽略了其他的一切。其實是自己的心決定什麽是目的,是自己的心決定自己是否有達到目標,這些全都是自己的心所造作出來的一個幻相,而痛苦就來自於戲演得太投入,以至於自己以為這個自己搞出來的幻相是真的,然後為此煩惱受苦。

願一切眾生都能遠離苦和苦因,願一切眾生都能獲得樂及樂因,願一切眾生不離無苦之樂,願一切眾生都能遠離親疏愛憎、住平等捨。

Orchid in California 蘭花·加州

開心呀,買來時只有兩枝花的蘭花,又長出兩串花苞。原本種什麼死什麼的我,學習佛法之後好像跟花兒比較能夠結緣了❤

Just discovered 2 new strings of orchid bud. Can relate to the joy of farmer now. So happy! All these joys in life…emaho!

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