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Few people like to harm other lives. However, animals on Earth have been destined to maintain their lives by consuming other lives. Many people refuse to eat meat because they do not want to hurt othe
[[Image by nmiranda(Pixabay.com)]] This meditation is unique to Korea. It is called True Self Meditation(TSM) in English. Today I would like to introduce a simple method of meditation that anyone can do every day before starting the journey into the TSM world. Modern people are so busy that they do not have time to meditate. But everyone sleeps. You can meditate just before going to bed. First, lie on bed, and relax your body and mind with several comfortable breaths. Breathe out a long and comfortable breath and let your breath come in by itself. If you try to force your breath out for a long time, you can feel a pressure on your chest because it is under the strain. At first, your breath may be jagged and rough. However, your breathing will eventually become even if you are patient and don't force it. Smiling may help because it can relax our body and mind. When you breathe, all kinds of thoughts may come across your mind. Then just take a long breath again. Of course, let your b
Lee Dong-woo shot to fame as a comedian, but 100 days after his marriage his eyesight began to deteriorate due to a rare disease known as retinitis pigmentosa. Before long he had lost his eyesight completely, but rather than allowing himself to fall into despair he continued to work and, unable to return to stage as a comedian, began a new life as a radio DJ. One day, a 40-year-old man from Cheonan, a city in southern Seoul, offered to donate his corneas to Lee and allow him to regain his eyesight. Lee was in a hurry to visit the donor, but after learning the potential donor was completely paralysed except for his eyes, he refused to accept. Talking to his pastor, he explained that even though life was hard without his eyesight, he could not possibly accept corneas from a man for who eyesight was all they had left, and that through meeting the man it was already as if he had regained his eyesight as it had opened his eyes to the world.
Yes, it would, wouldn't it? and actually there is a company in Korea who lets its consmuers do just that. Who fixes the market prices of farm products? In most cases, it is set by vendors following extensive market research. If production increases with a good harvest, prices may fall. If production is down, the reverse applies. In Korea, however, a company called Hansalim allows the consumers to participate in setting the price of goods. It sells organic agricultural products, similar to Whole Foods in America, but strictly speaking Hansalim is not a corporation but a cooperative, open to members only. Each year, farmers and consumer gather to discuss what crops will be produced in the following year, how much to produce, and what the prices are. The reason for doing this is to guarantee stable sources of income for farmers. The farmers who supply Hansalim are organic farmers. Though it is much harder than farming using pesticides and pesticides, these farmers believe that organic
A Buddhist teacher showed his disciples a basket containing flowers and asked them "What is this basket?" They took all it for granted that it was, of course, a flower basket. Next, the teacher removed the flowers from the basket and replaced it with trash, asking again, "What is this basket?" The disciples answered with one voice. "Master, it is a trash basket." The teacher told his disciples. "As you say, the nature of the basket changes depending on what is placed inside. If, like this basket, you fill your mind with fragrant flowers, you become a fragrant person."
[[Image by Republic of Korea (flickr.com), CC BY-SA 2.0 license]] Paternity leave is a recent development in Western countries, believed to be first introduced by Scandinavian welfare states in the 1970s. But behold! Koreans fathers were provided leave as far back as 500 years ago thanks to King Sejong! According to Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty, in 1426, the 8th year of his reign, Sejong instructed his Ministry of Justice to introduce 100 days of maternity leave following the birth of a child, later adding another 30 days before the birth, to provide new mothers a total of 130 days rest. “It was once the case that a public servant who has given birth would be given only 7 days rest before returning to work, and would be full of worry about the welfare of the child they left behind, so I gave them 100 days instead. However, there are occasions when a woman experiencing labour pains at work is forced to give birth before she can reach her home, so how about providing a month’s
In Korea, there is a well named Yeongcheon (Spiritual Fountain) in Jeungpung-gun, Chungcheongbukdo Province, which is supposed to foretell the end of the world. Also known as "The Doomsday Well”, it was designated as Chungcheongbukdo Monument No. 143 in 2008 and recognized as a cultural asset. King Sejo became the seventh king of Joseon Dynasty after deposing his predecesor, his young nephew. The following year, there was a severe drought and one day, an old monk stopped by the village near Jeungpung-gun and asked a woman for a drink to quench his thirst. The woman left to fetch him some water but did not return for some time. Apologising for taking so long, she explained that the nearest well was 2.5km away. The old monk thanked her and offered to find a well closer by to express his gratitude. Walking around the village, he pointed his stick at a spot next to an old tree. "Dig here, and water will rush out, warm in winter and cool in summer. It will not dry in times of drought, nor o