Systems Basics: Systemic solutions with evidence-based medicine for better concentrations – the systems thinking for everyone’s mind through the teaching of Buddha on the systems science of Five Aggregates 系統論基礎工作坊:循證醫學提高專注力的探討 – 藉以理解人類思想的系統性與佛學五蘊的東方系統思維

 International Society for the Systems Sciences 61th conference

Sunday Morning Systems Basics workshop:

The ability to concentrate has grown in importance in the ever speeding pace of modern society. The feedback cycle of information and matter are getting faster and faster. Moreover, multi-tasking has become a fundamental prerequisite for daily work. Furthermore, quality of services and quantity of serving duration keep increasing. All these factors require our good concentration. Research has been carried out to evaluate different treatments using evidence-based medicine methodologies. One of the treatments is the observation of one’s breath, namely Anapana, and its extension to the observation of the bodily sensations called Vipassana. In this workshop we will practice the mini version of the treatment.

From the analysis of the practice, we will try to find the common structure and relationship that can be generalized using systems thinking which could help us understand how our minds work. Research has shown that this systems thinking is rooted from the teaching of Buddha.

The application of system theory requires the understanding of ourselves and of each other, the nature, and the past and future possibilities in a systemic way. That is, we need to understand both the structure and dynamics of our physical body systems, and of our mental mind observations. Research shows that the composition of our body and that of our mind may be explained by the same system theory relating to energy, matter, life and information. We employed this simple ancient system theory as taught by Buddha to investigate how our naturally systemic-structured mind arbitrarily developed all the non-systemic and problematic way of thinking. We use our body to experience the world around us but our mind is the one which is observing and making decisions to change the world. System theory sees the world as composing of observers, decision makers, systems, the environment, the boundaries and relationships between them. There are in effect two opposite forces in the world that constantly interact with each other, creating a flow of energy, matter and information between systems and the environment. On one hand we have the disorder force governed by the second law of thermodynamics that drives everything into an equilibrium state with maximum entropy. On the other hand we have the organizational force governed by the constraints of a system that drives the system into a particular desired steady state with a low entropy.

Our minds are both the observer and the decision maker confronting a major problem. Throughout our life we look for satisfaction that brings happiness. Our government has been relying on economics to achieve this but 80% of the time we are dissatisfied with the people and situations around us, giving rise to craving, aversion and ignorance in our minds and creating all sorts of problems in our society. This is called suffering in the teaching of Buddha, and he offered us a three step solution for our mind. In this workshop we will investigate the systemic view of these three steps, namely self-protection, concentration and purification of mind. We will also investigate a 10-day Vipassana mental healthcare program for people of all religions including scientific communities. It is believed that such a program could bring happiness, peace and harmony for our society.

Is death the end of our lives or just the beginning of another new life? A system undergoes a transition of system state upon death, but will the system continue in other forms at other places? Or will it just terminate totally? What are the possible new system states and are they sustainable? In this workshop we will investigate the sustainability of Heaven, Hell, Earth and Nibbana (null). We will also investigate the way to prepare ourselves to transit into these states.

 

Disney La-Haut: What is Happiness? Taichi Yin-Yang, Buddha 迪斯尼:快樂是什麼?太極,陰陽,佛陀

 

Disney La-Haut:Happiness is not about being immortal nor having food or rights in one’s hand. Its about having each tiny wish come true, or having something to eat when you are hungry or having someone’s love when you need love.”快樂不是長生不老也不是你的手裡握有食物或權利。它是每一個微小的願望能夠實現,或者當你餓了的時候有吃的食物,或者你需要愛的時候有人來愛。

 I cannot agree with this quote. Here is my understanding of the teaching of buddha: immortal is a desire that cannot be satisfied. The things we own cannot bring us anymore satisfaction and hence no more happiness. According to the Chinese wisdom, everything in our world is composed of the Taichi Yin-Yang structure. Here we have Taichi: happiness in our world; Yin: Supply, Mine; Yang: Demand, Desire. When we have a Yin (Supply) and a Yang (Desire) and they are balanced, that will bring us satisfaction and hence happiness. However, we can’t always get what we want. In Economics we have The resources to satisfy the multifarious human wants are limited or scarce. When Yin and Yang is not balanced, then we cannot get happiness. When Yin is less than Yang, we are in a HOT state, Buddha call this the dis-satisfaction of not getting what we want. When Yin is more than Yang, these people might be having lots of good karma, but suffering still arise when their luck are all used up. The Evil Yin is called the dis-satisfaction of associating with what we hate. The Evil Yang is called the dis-satisfaction of associating with birth, aging, sickness and death.

 

So what is real happiness? The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path.

 

在下未能認同此句話。在下對佛陀的教導有以下的理解: 永生是永不能滿足的願望,稱苦苦。已經擁有的東西不能再給我們滿足感才不快樂。中國智慧認為我們世界萬事萬物都是由太極陰陽組成,太極:世間的開心快樂;陰:供,得到;陽:求,慾望。陰陽平衡才有滿足感,開心快樂。但人生不如意事十常八九,陰陽不平衡就不快樂。陰少陽多為熱底,佛陀稱求不得苦;陰多陽少為寒底,可能福報太多,但享樂用盡後五衰相現,再墮苦海;陰邪稱怨憎會苦;陽邪稱苦苦。

那怎樣才能真正開心快樂呢?四聖諦,八正道也。

 

 黃炎 YanHuang