Life in math

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Captain     Time:2017-09-28 13:50:50
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A Dharma brother shared his opinions about secular life and Buddha Dharma from a mathematical perspective. Have you ever think about the use of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in your life?

Since we were born, we never stop learning. From elementary school to junior and senior high, from university to the society, from an array of training courses to lectures and celebrity speeches, too much knowledge has been put into our head. However, have our lives been transformed by that? It seems that we are still away from our dream life, and yet not feeling content with the current one. The reason is that we are always doing the math of addition in our lives, forgetting our initial aspirations and what is truly needed. Therefore, as we are growing older, doing subtraction in life is more important for us. Only by concentrating on some key aspect rather than unnecessary knowledge can we surpass ourselves and reach unattainable levels. In this case, people good at doing subtraction can be considered intelligent, but still on a low level, because those good at doing multiplication in life bear more wisdom.  Their knowledge, experience, capital and virtue are growing by multiples, and they become team leaders, business leaders, and even national leaders. The power of multiplication is tremendous. The experience Bill Gates learned from Warren Buffet has made him the world's richest man for nearly 20 years, and the key is multiplication. Having said that, how can we do multiplication in a proper way? First of all, we need to understand what wisdom is.

What is wisdom after all? In my opinion, absorbing others' experience as our own can be called wisdom.  Turning others’ knowledge into our own is not that difficult, while absorbing others’ experience as our own is not that easy. We are used to learning lessons from our own mistakes because the impression is deep enough, but other people's mistakes seem to have little to do with us.  Every person would make innumerous mistakes during his lifetime. However, there is someone constantly giving us warnings before we make mistakes. Have we ever listened to them,and how much have we heard? Wisdom is about learning experience from other people's kind warnings. Then it comes to the question why we cannot listen to others' advices? It is because we cannot do multiplication.

What is multiplication? In fact, it is turning the symbol of addition clockwise or counterclockwise by 45 degrees. Think about it. What does it imply? See things from a new perspective, and our life will therefore undergo fundamental changes. When we encounter difficulties and challenges, things will become much easier if we can change our perspective. Even though the problem may still be far away from any solution, changing perspective could at least help to change our altitude. There are so many things that we have yet been through, which means we have no experience for it and our predecessors may not be able to provide us with solutions either. How can we overcome difficulties and march towards a better self? Often see things from a different perspective and put yourself in other people's shoes, then you are doing multiplication. Jack Ma’s career is no better than his eloquence, and many people were defeated in debates with him. However, in these cases, people did not feel any malice but were filled with kindness and wisdom. This is all because he is expert in viewing different problems in different angles, and guiding difficulties or challenges towards the bright and positive end. Seeing things from another angle opens the door to a whole new world.

Buddhism puts special emphasis on wisdom.  To achieve Buddhist enlightment is to achieve awareness. Being aware of what? It is the awareness of emptiness or sunyata. How to become aware? We need to cultivate concentration and contemplation. Concentration is to stop, which is doing subtraction; contemplation is to self-observe, which, as a matter of fact, is doing division in life. People good at doing multiplication will have their good reputation for ages, while people good at doing division transmit their good names forever. It is very rare that we can achieve the level of the Buddha. Nevertheless, I think people good at doing division have more wisdom than those good at doing multiplication. I myself prefer to do division. Several of my patented core algorithms involve the application of division. Division has the magic of refreshing things, like bring the dead back to life, or a withered tree back to recency. Almost every breakthrough in the field of modern science and technology has something to do with the good use of division. Take Einstein's theory of relativity for instance: special theory of relativity, E=MC^2, is still doing multiplication, but general theory of relativity is all about doing division. Do you agree with me on the use of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in daily life? It is my hope to write better articles and share them with you.

Editor:Iota
Tags:Buddhism, life in math, wisdom

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