Friday, March 30, 2007

Reads: How to Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

Hi all,

Here's another book about education of the mind: its a book teaching you how to read a book. Well, you may be surprised that the concepts of meditation and mindfulness overlaps with the ideas in the book. It tells you that effort must be exerted everytime you read a book, and mindfully craft a storage system to store all your information systematically. Its like organizing a your brain 'folders'.

The book mainly consists of four sections on how to read a book, namely, elementary, inspectional, analytical and syntopical reading. It also tells about how to read scientific and literary titles - which is a very helpful introduction on the concepts of knowledge organized in these subjects.

Reading is a skill, which requires time to develop. Once developed, it becomes an art. Like learning to ski, it requires patience and courage to stand up against every slips and fall. But once skills are honed, skiing becomes an art that flows naturally in the form of a habit. Reading is the same too. One is bound to feel overwhelmed and frustrated in the beginning, and later give up. But due perseverance and courage, one developes mental strength to acquire further knowledge.

This book is rather rare, I last saw it in MPH in Midvalley Kuala Lumpur some years back, costing some RM60. It is not published regularly. But you should keep alert at the secondhand bookstores - if you are mindful and lucky, you'll find it. Alternatively, you can order the book through amazon:

And so, likewise in mindfulness, we should cultivate good mindful habits.


Dan Xia

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Meditation can lead you to Success at Work?

What do you think about, when you think about "Meditation"?

To book your place for this unique programme, just CLICK HERE to register ONLINE!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

27th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp

31 May to 3 June 2007…

Where will YOU be then?

SJBA of course!


For the 27th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp!

Another event proudly brought to YOU by INCOVAR!

For more info, check out INCOVAR Website and
for more updates, drop by INCOVAR Blog!

Online registration is now open!
There’re 20 special gifts for early birds,
so hurry up and register now!

Still blur? Contact:
Sue @ 016.375.5527 (mail to: tianpg)
Mei Joon @ 012.351.7615 (mail to: qmeijoon)

because @ INCOVAR
…we inspire…

Monday, March 26, 2007

27th IDC Logo Design Contest



  • This contest is opened to all INCOVARians and new CAMP PARTICIPANTS of the age between 17 to 24 years old. To avoid any conflict of interest, all full-time Graphic designers are not qualified to enter the competition.
  • The logo design must be original and individual work. No team proposals are accepted.

Prize Award

  • The Prize Award of RM100 will be awarded to only one winner.

Selection Panel

  • The decision of the Selection Panel is final.

Submission of Logo

  • The submission of the logo design must be in two forms i.e. hard copy and CD-ROM.
  • All submissions must be sent in sealed envelopes on which the name is written visibly on the back of the envelopes.
  • Each submission shall comprise two versions of the logo :
    i. The full colour version
    ii. The black and white version
  • The logo should incorporate the theme of 27TH INCOVAR Dhamma Camp, which is “Nature of The Heart, Nature of The World”. Each entry shall carry an explanation of the significance of the logo (Maximum 250 words).

Copyrights of Logo

  • The winning logo will be used by the 27TH INCOVAR Dhamma Camp Committee in publications, videos, poster and other promotional material including on the internet.
  • The 27TH INCOVAR Dhamma Camp Committee is therefore entitled to use, reproduce, adapt, publish and distribute the work freely. The logo entry will not be returned to the designer.
  • All rights to the winning logo designs entered in the contest will belong to the 27TH INCOVAR Dhamma Camp Committee.

All submissions shall be sent in a sealed envelope not later than 22 April 2007 to the following address:

27TH IDC Logo Design Contest
27TH INCOVAR Dhamma Camp
34 Jalan SS 26/14
Taman Mayang Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Below are the logos that were used in the past camps.

So get the creative juices going on and display your artistic talent, designing the logo for the English Premier Camp!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Reads: Dear Patrick, Life is Tough - Here's Some Good Advice

Here's some good advice from a Jew who practise Buddhist meditation, who is also a psychiatrist, and a fatherly figure who'd 'been there, done that'.

Jeffrey M. Schwartz wrote to Patrick Buckley, a young man of 16, in a series of letters in hope to give the young man some philosophical guidance. Schwartz adopted many teachings from the Buddha, which he began by identifying the ten greatest 'killers' (equivalent to the Bible's reference to the Seven Deadly Sins). The ten killers, Mara, are as follows:

1. Sensual desire
2. Boredom and dissatisfaction
3. Hunger and thirst
4. Craving
5. Sloth and torpor
6. Cowardice and fearfulness
7. Excessive doubt and uncertainty
8. Hypocrysy and stubborness
9. Ill-won gain, honour, fame
10. Praising oneself and denigrating others.

In the collection of letters, Schwartz emphasized on mindfulness and approached the matter from the viewpoints of anatomical medicine, religious comparison (Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity), and philosophy, even economics - so dynamically written to provide a harmonious understanding.

I reckon that this book is most suitable for those who are in their teens, or even young adults seeking answers to life's puzzling question. People who had read this will say 'Jeffrey was talking to me'... and I can assure you a fruitful and liberating read.

The ISBN of this book is 0-06-098743-X, costs some RM 50.

Till then, may you be well, and have an pleasant discovery.

Dan Xia

Monday, March 19, 2007

Extra! Extra! New dates for 2nd IGC!!!

The 2nd INCOVAR Graduate Camp will be moved to a more strategic date: -

5th - 6th May 2007

Your final exams will be over by then, and INCOVAR would like to help gear you up for the challenge of a graduate's life!

Friday, March 09, 2007

You are graduating soon, but...

  • do you even know how to write a good resume?
  • do you have what it takes to succeed in the corporate world?
  • have you planned for your future?

If the answer is a resounding NO, then stop sulking… join us in the 2nd IGC and you’ll find out HOW you can own WHAT it takes to SUCCEED in the working world!


The camp will be happening on 31 March – 1 April 2007 (it's no April Fool's joke!), location – within the Klang Valley (exact location will be confirmed closer to camp date).

As the name suggests, IGC focuses on equipping graduating university students with specific skills to facilitate job-hunting. In a nutshell, IGC will be a guide through the job-hunting process, from composing an attention-grabbing resume, getting through the all-important interview and helping job-seekers to match their profile, skills, academic knowledge to suitable jobs.

Best of all, some Buddhist business leaders will be there to share their experiences too! Hint: this could be the start of building YOUR own business network with your peers, young Buddhist professionals, and industry leaders.

Stay tuned on the who's who in IGC, and profiles of leaders who is contributing to IGC too. Meanwhile, if you think that you would like to learn how Buddhist values can give you a leg-up in accelerating your career, feel free to leave your comments here in this blog!

because @ INCOVAR

...we inspire...

Monday, March 05, 2007

R U Ready?

on 31 March - 1 April 2007

What will YOU be doing then?

Watch THIS space for an EXCITING programme coming YOUR way!

Let me give you a hint... it has something to do with an I and a G and a C.

Anyone up to guess it?

Another event proudly brought to YOU by

Because @ INCOVAR

…we inspire…

PS – for those super “no 8”,
you can contact
for some insider knowledge!