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Denny K Miu
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Denny is the creator of +Man'ority Report - a new kind of media for a a new kind of minority.  

Denny is currently writing his third book, his first written in Chinese, tentatively entitled "上帝也可成佛".  You can check his progress as he posts his random thoughts on bodhi7.com.
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Sifu did not suffer for herself, she suffered for us.  One who does not know how to swim could not be a life saver.  One who had not suffered deeply could not authoritatively offer advice on how to seek liberation through suffering.  Yeung Sifu was a Bodhisattva even in her previous life and she will be one in the next.  But she didn’t just teach us Dharma by teaching us how to refine our deeds, she taught us by example on how to truly refine our mind.  She taught us equanimity even when confronted by the worst circumstances.  Let’s not let her suffering go to waste.  She is gone now but her teaching will always be with us.

師父的苦不是為她自己而受的,她是為我們而受的,不會游水的人不可能做救生員,不受:過苦而去教人從苦中求解脱是没有說服力的,師父前世是修行人,下世也是修行人,但師父的教訓是要我們知道修行不只是修行為,修是修心,行是心行,口念身拜心不行,如幻如化, 我們不可以讓師父受的苦白受,要記住她的行,要記住她如何從惡境中求無麈,她的人走了,她的教訓永遠存在,「覺知正念衍陽師,心無罣礙觀自在」
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Today Apple made the most important product announcement of its entire history if not that of the free world.  No, we are not talking about the portable piece of gold anodized Lithium polymer battery carrier (aka MacBook Air) that is now thinner than a Ginsu knife.  No, we are not talking about the $12,000 gold-plated solid state watch that you can pass on to your grand kids as family jewel (but only if you die in the next 120 days before rumor of the next generation replacement starts to surface).  We are talking about something that has gone entirely amiss by the press.  As if Apple's new CEO is attempting to preempt a possible FTC injunction for its monopoly on chic, Apple has decided to unbundle its valuable logo from its over-priced products.  Yes, we are talking about the $49 fluoroelastomer Apple watch band.  What a concept.  For a price less than 10 cups of Starbucks coffee, you now have the perfect vehicle for personal branding.  You can buy the band and just tie wrap them together, or glue it to a coin, or make yourself a wooden sundial, or custom make a condom holder using 3D printing technology.  The possibilities are endless.  Please join +Denny K Miu, +Paul Smith and others this Saturday to give us your crazy thoughts.
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Meditation is a very personal experience and it is difficult to explain the benefits since unlike gym, they are not immediately obvious.  This is especially a problem for struggling entrepreneurs since they live such a busy schedule.  Ironically they are also the ones who would be rewarded the most since they so desperately need structured downtime.  So the trick is to set aside non-productive time.  During plane take-off and landing is a wonderful window for meditation.  So is the time getting yourself to sleep.  If there is enough room in your bed, try the spread eagle (aka dead man) position.  Relax enough that you can feel the lumps on your back.  Try to breath as lightly as possible.  During inhale, focus on the scent and the freshness of the air .  During exhale, try to image the weight of your body being spread evenly and slowly across the top of the mattress.  Once you get good at this, the biggest challenge would be that you would want to use this quiet time for heavy duty thinking.  Try not to do that.  Instead keep bringing yourself back to present and observing your breath and your body.  Let yourself fall to sleep and if you wake up in the middle of the night, try to put yourself back to sleep again by going through the same procedure.  
When you wake up after a good night's sleep or a nap, instead of popping right up and engaging the world in a disoriented, unfocused state, assume correct lying meditation posture and take a couple of minutes to meditate. Even one minute is good....
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Entrepreneurs live a busy life, both by design and by demand.  It is difficult to start an exercise such as Zen meditation, especially when the benefits are not very immediate.  However, entrepreneurs travel a lot and spend lots of time waiting for meetings (meetings with VC's, e.g.).  The dead time during take-off and landing is the perfect time to meditate.  That's a half hour downtime that you could use unless you want to read the same flight magazine for the fifteenth time.  Grab a pillow on the way down the aisle and put it halfway between your lower back and your butt, sit up straight but relax.  Point you head slightly downward as if you are looking at the top of the tray and you hands on your lap.  Close your eyes and imagine yourself suspended from the ceiling with a string tied to your hair.  Now focus on your nostril and feel the air as you breath in. Feel it again as you breath out.  Focus on the difference in temperature, moisture and scent.  If you can't feel anything, try holding your breath for as long as you can and breath again.  Count slowly from one to ten each time you exhale.  Guess what, you can't do it, right?  Your mind wonders, right?  Don't force yourself, just let the thought go and try again.  And keep trying.  Don't be a master of your own mind, be an observer.  Constantly go back and forth checking between your posture, your breathing and your thought.  Just keep trying.  After all, you are not going anywhere and all personal electronics are already turned off.  
A traveller doesn't need to give up on meditation. In fact, being able to meditate as you travel can ease the little frustrations that occur with delays, queues, and unexpected obstacles that are a familiar part of the travel experience....
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Something interesting and significant happened last year.  When Google released their Nexus 6 which has similar form factor and feature set as the iPhone 6 Plus, instead of pricing it at half the price of their Apple equivalent (which they had done with Nexus 5), they priced it at only $100 less.  This greatly challenges the so-called "Apple Tax".  Today the goal post has been pushed back once again.  The latest competitor from Xiaomi is priced only at one-third of the 6 Plus and with even better features.  My prediction is that every Android smartphone (including the Nexus 6) will have to follow and chase to the bottom in order to survive.  Personally I think one-third is  just right (which is why I continue to buy Android phone and Apple stock).
China's Xiaomi outed its latest smartphone, the Mi Note, yesterday, and we managed to get our grubby mitts on the 5.7-inch screen device.
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One of the female Abbots of our temple, Yin Yeung Sifu, had died two days ago, at the young age of 57.  She was a force of good and we all missed her.  He death inspired me to write the following, a topic that has been working through my head since I attended a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat back in October.  There is just too much hate in this world.
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It has been reported that the Chinese government has successfully hacked our Office of Personnel Management, stealing privacy information belonging to over four million Federal workers.  

This is the same Communist-sponsored hacker group that was responsible for the recent attack of the Anthem Insurance company earlier this year, our nation's second largest insurance company, stealing similar privacy data belonging to 80 million Americans.  

It is further reported that the Chinese government's ultimate intent is to build a complete database for every single one of our citizens.  One can only imagine the evil intent for such overt intrusion.

Where is the outage?

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Mindfulness meditation is both a technique and a philosophy.  It comes from the Sanskrit word, Anapanasati.  Ana and Pana means inhalation and exhalation, respectively.  Together it describes the Zen meditation technique of either counting or just observing your breath.  Sati, on the other hand, has a much deeper meaning.  In both Chinese and Japanese, Sati is Nian (念) but in English, it is loosely translated as mindfulness, awareness and introspection.  Often time, mindfulness is simply described as living the moment or paying attention to the present.  People pay good money learning mindful meditation as a relaxation technique and it does that quite well.  But entrepreneurs need to do more.  Entrepreneurs should embrace Zen meditation as an important tool to dissect our mind.  Mastering the technique opens up a new world which would explain how our brain reacts to stimulus and forms action.  Having that knowledge gives us an important edge in becoming a successful entrepreneur.  Fortunately for entrepreneurs, it is a lot easier to learn how our mind work than it is to learn how a term sheet work.
Meditation and mindfulness are the new rage in Silicon Valley. And it's not just about inner peace—it's about getting ahead.
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Zen is Japanese and comes from the Chinese word Chán (in Korea, it is called Son) which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, meaning sedimentation.  Zen meditation is not passive and is not about the elimination or filtering of thought.  It is actually quite the opposite.  Zen meditation is an active mental exercise to settle the noise from the signal in our brain and to create some space between our surrounding and how we react to the stimulus.  Entrepreneurs have to make decision all the time.  Often the difference between making the right versus the wrong decision has to do with how we process limited data and how we synergize between the rational/quantitative half and the intuitive/qualitative half of our brain.  Think of Zen meditation as the daily exercise for your mind, giving you a competitive edge to be successful as an entrepreneur.  In other words, borrowing from an old computer magazine, Zen meditation is your daily mental calisthenics and orthodontia (aka Running Light Without Overbyte).
To receive beginning instruction in zazen at the Monastery, come to the Sunday Morning Program or Wednesday Evening Zazen. All of our weekend retreats, including the Introduction to Zen Training Weekend, also include beginning instruction for newcomers. Zazen is the form of meditation at the ...
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It's not just what you say but how you say it.  Whether you are talking to perspective customers, perspective vendors, perspective employees or perspective investors, you are always selling, sometimes even selling sh*t that you don't have (which we affectionately refer to as pre-product marketing),  While you are building your company brand, you are leveraging on your personal brand.  And your brand has everything to do with how you present yourself, including words that you choose and tone that you use.  It takes a lot of work to be a successful entrepreneur and the learning starts with improvement of the self.
Seriously, if you actually want to improve your social standing and status, work on eliminating these worn out words from your lexicon.
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this is the first time I did car rental in Taiwan and it was a very pleasant experience. as I did some shop around online, I realized the price is pretty standard (about $60 to $70 a day including full insurance coverage which is a government mandate). they also don't bother to sell you a GPS since they expect you to have purchased a sim card for your phone at the airport and can use Google map). I end up having the car for six days and have enough miles to drive around the island (even though it is not unlimited). I also end up with some scratches all around the front and back fenders and I pointed them out when I return the car but they don't seem to care. they also just charged street price for gasoline and they don't charge extra for any electronic toll charges. you do have to pay parking on your own at any 7/11. finally, they don't charge extra for dropping off at a different location. If you have already visited Taipei at least once and is ready for more adventure, I recommend visiting the rest of Taiwan with a car and I really recommend this place. there were no surprises and everything and everyone was just professional.
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there are a lot of hotels to choose from and this one is a bit on the pricey side. but you get what you pay for, first rate english speaking staff, great breakfast buffet, clean and almost luxury room deco and best of all, great location. the metro station is right outside and the airport bus stop is across the street (about a three minute walk). be sure to purchase a day pass for both metro and buses (at the metro station ticket area) and roam the town at will. also, be sure to purchase a sim card for your phone and use Google map for navigation (at the airport as soon as you leave custom). this is a great hotel if you don't mind spending a little extra. otherwise use this as a reference to find what you need.
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most people who visited Taiwan tend to stay in Taipei or would only make short day trips to a few well known tourist spots. the trick to see the real Taiwan is to stay away from the mainland folks. they have completely ruined this island. smaller cities to consider are Taichung and Tainan which can be reached by high speed train. this is one of my favorite hotel in Taiwan. unfortunately they only have one branch which is in Taichung. here you experience Taiwanese hosipitality and efficiency. it is also centrally located, next to one of the many night markets. and they have a decent breakfast buffet. they even have secured and free parking in case you are driving a rental car to get around the island. I just wish that they start expanding so I can plan my next road trip around them. my personal favorite. highly recommended.
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Always enjoy this hotel, most of all because it doesn't have a casino and the rooms are relatively large. The staff are almost entirely English speaking, very professional and eager to help. If you grew up in Macau like I did, then you would appreciate its proximity to 松山 for early morning hike and to 雀仔園街市 for a bowl of authentic rice porridge with pig intestine. Enough said.
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I have two favorite hotels in Macau, one in Macau side and then this one which is near the airport. there is free shuttle but you need to know which one (look for the ones for sands cotai). its no-thrill as you would expect from holiday inns but it is clean, comfortable and spacious. and there is even now free WiFi in the room. from the hotel, you can take a us$5 taxi ride to the taipa village (官也街) for cantonese seafood, thai or local portuguese food (there are at least 10 to choose from). from there, you can take the bus to the Macau side for more sightseeing or you can take a taxi. you can even just stay in hotel because there are nearly 30 restaurants here, and more if you walk across the street. Life is full of choices and in Macau, there are only choices.
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was in Taipei for a day after spending a week driving around the island. coming to the "original" DTF was on top of a list of things to do. luckily we got here early enough that the wait was only 20 minutes. one thing I notice is that no locals ever come here, just tourists, from japan, korea, mainland, hong kong, etc. the place does not disappoint. but don't come here thinking that you couldn't get better food anywhere else. you can, easily. come here for the religious experience because there is only one original.
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First of all, I have eaten egg tarts at the bakery in Lisbon that had invented the famous treat and they have no relationship with the so-called "Portuguese" egg tarts in Macau. Here they basically take regular Chinese egg tarts and burn the top. Moreover, growing up in the 60's in Macau, we have never seen this kind of reinvention. They are just for tourists. Having said that, I waited 45 minutes for mine. And they are very smart to make me pay first. Bottomline is that they are quite good, as Chinese egg tarts with burn tops. But once is enough. Give some other ignorant tourist a chance.
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