Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Glimpse of Zen 2009


Hi guys. We will be having the first Glimpse of Zen for 2009 at the Marikina
Zendo of the Zen Center Philippines. The Glimpse is Free and will be
held on February 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm at 31 Saint Claire Street (corner
St. Catherine) Provident Village, Marikina City.

For those who want to know more about zen, you may call me at 4968913
or text me at 09154317097 or you may visit www.zencenterphil.org for
more details.

Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than what we see
happening around you? Do you wish there was a less stressful way of
doing things? Are you looking for a way to achieve more harmony in
your home and workplace?

The practice of zen may provide the answers to these questions. Zen is
a way of life that provides a completely fresh approach to our
day-to-day experiences.

Zen is a journey within that leads to total harmony with one’s self,
society and the universe. Its foundation is zazen, a breath-centered
discipline that helps one silence the mind and the body Zen is a way
of life that helps one to realize the true self.

More info? visit www.zencenterphil.org

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A different Lupang Hinirang Video

I came across this touching video of our beloved National Anthe while surfing through YouTube. According to the source (http://www.youtube.com/user/TotoongTV):
* This rendition of Lupang Hinirang is intended for reflection. It is not meant to replace the official anthem normally played as a march.Recently a talented and nationally known film director, Mae Paner, crafted a new and moving version of our national anthem. This unusual audio visual presentation of "Lupang Hinirang"* has been shown many times in various events and has consistently touched the hearts and minds of viewers to the point of tears of awakening and gratefulness. Because of its consistent positive impact, PAGASA and Ehem! have decided to make this version of "Lupang Hinirang" available nationwide as a reflection piece to trigger a deeper awareness of oneself in relation to the country and encourage the emergence of positive images of the Philippine future. This new partnership of Ehem! with PAGASA is an addition to the existing anti-corruption initiatives of the Society of Jesus. For PAGASA it is a profound convergence with a "like-hearted"initiative grounded in authentic integrity, towards a massive ripple effect of truth-living towards nation building.We are writing to invite you and all the teachers and students of your school to participate in a timely and unprecedented nationwide effort to constructively reflect, through the medium of "Lupang Hinirang," on the present conditions of the Philippines and envision the Philippines of our hopes and dreams. The process we envision is simple and straightforward: *Download the video or email us if you need a copy in DVD format. *Teachers play this version of Lupang Hinirang in their high school and college classes. *They then ask their students two questions: 1) What feelings and thoughts did you experience from viewing the newversion of "Lupang Hinirang?" 2) What positive vision of the Philippines do you now have from this experience? *Teachers then instruct students to form small groups of 5 to share their experiences. *Then the teachers reassemble the whole class and have a conversation with their students regarding their answers. Deep mutual learning and engagement is sure to emerge from this process. *In addition, you and your teachers will choose the best expressions that will arise out of this exercise and these results, combined with results from other schools, will be showcased as the bestreflections and positive visions of the country, as articulated by our youth in the Karangalan Festival in September, which celebrates Filipino excellence.
Details and mechanics of this endeavor will be posted at the PAGASA website by June 15, 2008: www.pagasa.net.ph.