If you Care a Little More, Things Happen. Bees can be dangerous. Always wear protective clothing when approaching or dealing with bees. Do not approach or handle bees without proper instruction and training.
–Note: Mr. Ellison is CEO of Oracle Corporation, the worlds foremost database, middleware and data appliance vendor, long-known for ability to facilitate deployment of massive applications which need unheard of expertise to ensure proper operation and stability (e.g. healthcare.gov)
10) You’re thinking about buying a Ferrari. But you need 15 of them. In black carbon fiber. And are hiring NZ Kiwis to drive them for you.
9) You’ve asked your local real estate broker to price the 6 houses on either side of yours to see how much it would cost to own your entire neighborhood.
8) You’ve just applied 100 sequential Windows Updates (each mentioning something non-specifically horrible will happen to Windows if don’t apply them) to your PC, some of which you had to fix and re-write, and rebooted each time in-between and don’t see any problem with that.
7) Your burger and fries order at McDonalds has a problem, but instead of talking to a manager, you want to go online and open a Sev 2.1 Service Request, with immediate cell phone call-back requested.
6) The new iPhone App you just purchased comes delivered on 100 DVD-ROM‘s, or downloadable digital archive images, and again, you don’t see an issue with that.
5) Your car stereo only has one song playing on infinite repeat: AC/DC’s Back in Black.
4) For some reason every article of clothing you wear has your company logo on it (including your undies), and you see that as completely normal.
3) That new food processor you bought for US$2000 keeps having bizarre breakdowns, but you’re pretty sure it will be fixed in next month’s firmware upgrade.
1) Your 13 year-old daughter helped her school create a complex summer school registration system, but you just smirk and snicker that she chose to host it using Microsoft SQLServer, and mutter about read-consistency and parallel block reads.
12c) You incessantly fixate on figuring out how that family potato farmer in western North Dakota could increase his crop yield, if he only used a database.
(Based upon guidance in Resonance, Issue 7, 12/2013)
For buddhist practitioners, and arguably everyone in general, the actions and words of others are our best reflection of who we are, and what we represent to others. Going through life thinking, “Wow, everyone I know is so negative. Why can’t they be more positive?” Or when service at an establishment is particularly poor or excellent, it isn’t so much a random factor of what solely someone else chose to do. We, as the other 50% of that interaction, are bringing ourselves, and our own actions, speech and thoughts to the very same connection with another person.
We observe that each of those opportunities to connect with another person come with messages, spoken and unspoken. Each of us may hear these voices in every encounter, and find in them lessons for reflection and action. Listen to the words of your mother and father. Listen to your husband or wife. Listen to what everyone around you has to say. Listen to all manner of counsel, and to the groans of the sick and suffering. You will find the voices of the buddhas hidden within them. Listen with sincerity and awaken. This most basic practice is the first step toward a direct experience of the timeless essence of buddhahood.
Think about what you feel when you hear or receive the communications from others. What goes through your mind if someone is uttering a robotic, “Thanks, have a happy holidays…” over and over, versus someone who seems to have genuine appreciation or caring, and simply smiles and says, “Thank you.” You can sense whether someone is genuinely conveying gratitude, or repeating a rehearsed autonomic script designed by a marketing writer. And did the way you approached the situation, invite the kind of response you received?
When you start to really figure out what it’s like to be in another person’s position, perhaps a fast-food service clerk who meets an endless stream of people who just want to get through an order, and perhaps really would prefer an iPad menu to a human interaction, becoming increasingly numb towards the never-ending line of people waiting for their turn to hear, “Welcome to… may I take your order?” Do you ever start that interaction with gratitude that they’re ready to help? Or do you respond equally automatically, “Yes, I want…” Listen to yourself, and think about if that’s the kind of words you want to receive. Listen to others and discover why they respond that way to you.
Of course, listening without resulting action is equally non-productive and does not lead to actual practice. So, in performing your own personal fitness listening training, you will also develop your skills in conveying compassionate truth. People who ask for opinions and comments are easier to deal with than those refusing to listen, but even then the words chosen must not only be heartfelt and kind, but also be appropriate to the recipient.
Realize first that a person who is taking the time and energy to refute what you’re saying, and arguing, has already demonstrated a basic caring of your opinion, otherwise why not just shrug and walk away? How do you know when the wrong words are in-use? Ever witnessed a conversation that goes, “Oh, you’re so stubborn.” And the reply is, “No, I’m not!” — wrong words, with a defensive response. That person doesn’t want to hear that they’re stubborn. There’s a different path to get through what you’re trying to say. But to know that path, you need to be open and understanding what the person wants. For that person, being stubborn is a negative trait, with which they consider being labeled as unacceptable But their passion, commitment, and perseverance are all alternate ways they express their steadfast determination. So it’s those traits that are yours to learn to appreciate..
Achieving the bodhisattva path is not about simply shaving your head like a monk – at that point, you now have a shaved head. That would be akin to holding a paint brush and palette of enamel paints, and saying you’re a painter. The Shinnyo Path is a lay Buddhist practice based upon what you do, not what you try to appear like, or say you’re going to do.
So, what is a bodhisattva life? …doing what is basically right, such as being honest and making efforts to be in harmony with others, all the while thinking what it means to be an example to others. It’s about trying to become someone that others can count on, be it at home as a good family member, or in the community and society at large. This is what it means to accomplish what bodhisattvas do, and walk the path to becoming a buddha oneself (also known as… enlightenment.)
2013-11 Shinnyo-en Buddhism Podcast – Leadership By Example – 2013-11 Shinnyo-en Buddhism Podcast – Leadership By Example Hey, You’re Religious. Why Aren’t You Perfect? We Still Hate Being Wrong How We Become Unintentional Hypocrites The Path is Wherever You Are and Wherever You Go Subscribe to this Podcast (RSS) … Continue reading → http://ow.ly/2BphZ4
(From Resonance, Issue 6, 11/2013) In 1952, Shojushinin, co-founder of Shinnyo-en, expressed many thoughts about what was happening during the period after World War II when Japan, after losing it’s guiding-light Emperor, became severely polarized spiritually. Half of the populace wanted to forget the entirety of the past and just embrace “westernization” while the rest fragmented into what eventually became over 700 newly formed religions, trying to seek meaning to life, and a reason to believe in their own fought-for cultural history.
Shinnyo-en was not spared any judgements during this tumultuous period and encountered its own share of criticism and devaluation by people confused by the sheer nature of having been defeated at battle, and having lost faith in everything their culture and history represented.
With the emergence of so many fragmented religious organizations, she observed that many people stop listening in annoyance when they hear of anything they think might represent a new religion. Those who expressed enthusiasm about their religious practice and shared it with others often faced a cold reception, criticism, or outright rejection. Curiosity about new things or concepts is often forgotten as youth passes into adulthood bringing mindsets of determination (and self-preservation) about ones’ own perceived values, ideals, and morals. It’s human nature, and particularly adult nature, to dislike being “wrong.” That means sometimes irrationally defending your own positions, even if it comes at the expense of harmony.
One reason for these negative reactions towards differing beliefs is that people hold religious practitioners to a higher standard of behavior than others, mistakenly thinking that we receive immediate spiritual disciplinary benefits from walking a path, or that our actions should, by definition, be exemplary. We are scrutinized down to the smallest detail, and should we fall short of those higher standards or our actions contradict what we profess to believe, we soon become the target of far-reaching public criticism. Notice how “disciple” and “discipline” are interrelated?
Similarly, people may act the part of a religious zealot on some occasions and behave irreligiously at other times, raising doubts about them and their practice in the minds of others. Why would you have reason to trust when witnessing inconsistent and contradictory behavior by someone? It’s simply the ages-old wisdom observing that consistency is borne of actions based upon stated intentions – walk as you talk.
Remember that hypocritical behavior is a sure sign that a person has yet to achieve any true measure of awakening. It is important to reflect continually and deeply on our actions and the manner of our practice. Are you only consistent of your vow to “Do unto others..” up to when someone cuts you off in traffic, and then you act on your emotions and frustrations instead? How about speaking of “putting yourself into others shoes” but when it comes time to dealing with bitter conflict, you instead rely on your gut instinct to ‘look out for Number One?”
A farmer who speaks of looking forward to a season of hard work, but doesn’t till the soil, isn’t going to have a magically produced harvest at year’s end.
That being said, we’re still human. And the world around us is still filled with conflict, controversy, opposing opinions. And when opening our minds and hearts towards experiencing truth, the pain that comes from “being wrong” diminishes because you start seeing yourself just standing on a different place on the same soil and seeing things from a different point of view. Nothing wrong, or false – just different, as is the other person.
And when someone makes a mistake, it’s less powerful to forgive and forget (and feel regretful if the mistake is repeated), than to observe the actions thereafter, whether corrections or continuing mistakes. It’s up to you to decide how you accept or avoid such behavior, and whether you assist in the correction or simply condemn the mistake and feel reinforced by your being “correct.”
In human potential, the concept of self-empowerment comes from embracing the idea that literally no one else can make you feel anything – love, hate, jealousy, sadness, remorse, neglect or determination. All such feelings come from within yourself. Are you holding others to an ideal based upon your expectations of them? Are they doing the same to you? So how the actions of others affect your behavior, really is up to you.
How Lucky Do You Feel today to be working on lesser-known web projects instead of healthcare.gov?
(photo By Charles Dharapak, AP) Would you care to be in Mr. Jeffery Zients shoes as the latest consultant brought in to fix a website application that has garnered the attention of world-wide press, and has the public chattering about a mis-fired IT project implementation? — http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEALTH_OVERHAUL_PROBLEMS – New boss for fixing the balky health care website
(ed – nevermind that spelling and grammar checks appear to be missing from the AP News articles in light of getting the story out expediently…)
I’m quite sure that all of this will be closely watched by the IT public community at-large as a primary example of watching our federal government, normally not known for subscribing to AGILE and RAD practices in its projects, suddenly become responsible for a monster of a custom web application with a zero-defects requirement due-date of 12/15/2013 .
All of you have been part of post-Go-Live (10/2/2013) projects wherein the defect lists soar, and post-implementation patches, data changes, and no-bounce needed updates get immediately Sev 1 prioritized. But how many of you have had to deal with the public skewering your work through dozens of daily news articles and political representatives posturing to ensure “the person to be blamed will be fired?” — http://bigstory.ap.org/article/insurers-others-say-obamacare-glitches-fixable
Of course, back a month earlier were some buried stories wherein the major software and service contractors were already expressing guarded caution for what would be a “rocky launch” based upon compressed delivery schedules, and mitigated test plans foreshortened to tighten the Go-Live date. And even though there were plans for alternative sign-ups through call-in centers, in-person, and by-mail application, the one that got 100% of the public’s attention was: the website (http://www.healthcare.gov) — http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obamacare-contractors-project-confidence
So, how lucky do you feel not being a software consultant like QSSI, or CGI Federal (http://www.cgi.com/en/us-federal/services-solutions), now being brought in front of congressional committees to explain why a lack of appropriate IT project management by the end-user customer (the Office of Management and Budget) caused two otherwise operationally-compliant application systems (one a e-commerce website, and the other a commodity trading center/cafeteria application) to be unable to scale to demand when combined together for the first time, without adequate regression testing (plus a pushed Go-Live date, of course)?
How would you solve this project debacle – you’re in IT, and an Oracle expert aren’t you?
A precept is a rule of conduct originally developed as standards for monks and nuns to know when their behavior had strayed from following the proper path of conduct. Depending on which text you examine, monks have about 250 precepts and nuns somewhere between 348 to 500 by which they must abide during their practice. Lay Buddhists (you and me) within the Nirvana Sutra were given eight (8) specific ones to apply in daily life.
Refrain from killing.
Refrain from stealing.
Refrain from sexual misconduct.
Refrain from lying.
Refrain from becoming intoxicated.
(and 3 more that Shinnyo-en interprets as historical)
Refrain from self-adornment.
Refrain from song and dance.
Refrain from observing song and dance.
Magnificently and often simultaneously, Breaking Bad’s storyline (an AMC series created by Vince Gilligan) manages to violate every single one of them. The same is true of the entire world around us, every single day. But the difference between a fictional TV show and the real world, is that the show is comprised of actors performing scripted lines and not making active decisions to do a certain thing or commit a certain act. And skillful writing ensures that the outcomes of negative behavior does not have automatically positive results, particularly in the overall storyline, lest the audience become bored with predictable endings. But in the real world, people are making decisions, to break a law, or to abide. And we live in this same real world, alongside all the others, whether breaking precepts or not.
A core belief in Buddhism, just as in nature, is that other beings will only follow or emulate those who are successful, as the contrary makes virtually no sense at all. And if you attempt to admonish others without demonstrating the embodiment of success through pursuit of a path of truth, then why would anyone bother to listen to your words?
This concept is paraphrased in a number of different ways:
We first learn from others, and then we can step forward to practice on our own.
Only when you put yourself on the right track will others follow after you.
Guide the troubled by standing in the same shoes.
Learn what we need to learn from others.
And strangely enough, all of these principles were also part of Breaking Bad’s storyline. The gift from the writers was to see that lead characters had no influence until they found their own self-truths and understood why others acted the way they did. And akin to the way karma works, deaths and destruction did not lead to conclusion – they were only transformations of one person’s life or property to lead to another person’s greater greed and envy.
September and October are months leading up to the year-end period of purification and refreshing the mind and body to prepare for another year’s efforts. The ceremonies within this period (Saisho Homa) are conducted to re-purify entrances to this earthly world for welcoming the revisitation of the spiritual deities and return of Buddhas. As we individuals serve as the “vehicles’ for this visitation in-spirit, we too in the presence of ritual cleansing fires (which bring forth “light” to see the path in front of us) take time to reflect on our conduct in regards to the precepts and examine how our thoughts, actions and speech can be further improved to continue extending a world of harmony and peace around us.
From HH Keishu Shinso this month:
“…It is up to us to reach out and embrace others in the spirit of friendship to make harmony amid diversity a reality that is indestructible like a diamond.
Likewise, to create a world of friendship means to create a way of seeing the world based on friendly relations rather than adversarial ones that are very often filled with difficulties and setbacks. At times, we may encounter a challenging reality beyond our control that prevents us from building friendships. But by drawing on the resources of wisdom and compassion—which is the nature of buddhahood… —we can move forward.”
By the time you read this, OakTable World will probably have been vanished back into the great cloud of Oracle education events. But what is/was OTW (#OTW13)?
OakTable is a collaborative effort to bring solid technology content-deep educational alternatives to the already attending (and largely ca
In part 2 of this mini-series I’ll be describing the new mechanism for the simple frequency histogram and the logic of the Top-N frequency histogram. In part 3 I'll be looking at the new hybrid histogram.
You need to know about the approximate NDV before you start examining the 12c implementation of the frequency and top-frequency histograms - but there's a thumbnail sketch at the end of the posting if you need a quick reminder.
In order to upgrade our OEM environment from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199 we need to download the latest version of OEM from either http://otn.oracle.com or from http://edelivery.oracle.com. Once we have the files needed to upgrade, we need to stage them in a location that is central.
Note: Most downloads on Linux will be placed in the /home/oracle/Downloads directory.
Once we are in the directory where the downloaded files are, we need to unzip these files.
Unlike last year, there isn’t a specific Music Festival OOW program. Most of the effort is going into the America’s Cup race before the OOW program. So visit all those vendors and make them feel welcomed this year!
Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before.
Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. There is also a great subreddit '
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