by CHONG SENG
Size: 5.5” x 8.25”
Pages: 106 pages
Easy to forgive, hard to forget, I gather
But, the Dhamma esence we all must remember.
Heefully, we strive in order not to suffer
Form the physical and mental pain rather bitter.
"Why am I so forgetful?" I wonder and ponder
May this small book of mindfulness be the answer.
As the name of the book implies, there are three methods, I would like to elucidate here, with the hope of boosting and refreshing one's memory. The use of acronyms and abbreviations in the modern context, blended with the Malaysian flavour as well, may in a way, stimulate one's brain power.
A word formed usually from the first letters of other words or an acronym like
SARS for example, can help one to recall " Sense-desire, Anger, Restlessness & Remorse, Sloth & torpor and Sceptical doubt", which are the five mental hindrances.
A shortened form of a word or abbreviation like "
SP VS Sati" ( Sungai Petani Versu s) for example, may bring to mind " Saddha Panna, Viriya Samadhi, Sati", which are the five controlling faculties.
Another memory aid called a mnemonic is also used to create an easily-remembered word like "
CUPS" for example, to conjure up " Constant, Uniterrupted, Powerful, Sustained", which are the intrinsic qualities of mindfulness. At times, an easily-remembered sentence formed is included too, to make recollection thigs in the right order a breeze. In addition to it, some aspects of the Dhamma listed in sequence and a note to remember, are provided below the page (of the book) for further clarity so as to etch them onto one's mind.
Peruse mindfully what is written in this book, which is hopefully tabulated in a succinct and systematic way. Remember, the Dhamma signifies the three aspects of theory (
pariyatti), practice ( patipatti) and realization ( pativedha). As a source of inspiration, the photographic memory of Venerable Ananda is beyond comparison. But, the practice of Vipassana or insight meditation with a sense of urgency, will definitely enhance one's understanding and easy recollection about the Dhamma. Forget not, 'I do and I understand. I practise and I realize.'
By adding some poetic lines, may your mind be as fine as a rhyme. May this small book, in a small way, nourish your mind with a wonderfully retentive and accurate memory about the Dhamma.
from the Preface by Tay Chong Seng (Year 2006)