Friday, November 27, 2015

POST 228 28NOV2015 DISCOVERING THE REAL NATURE OF LIFE – A millionaire in Constantinople- Right time, right action

POST 228 28NOV2015 
– A millionaire in Constantinople
- Right time, right action
POST 228 28NOV2015
The spontaneous writings presented in this collection are first drafts, not edited texts

June 2003
DISCOVERING THE REAL NATURE OF LIFE – A millionaire in Constantinople

(continued from Post 227)
 Although it was enormously enjoyable to travel through many exciting countries, discovering unexpected aspects of life everywhere, like going forward to the past and backward to the future, turning History up-side down, I still held to my dream of making a million dollars. From time to time I thought of it, and each time considered the best way to make it, keeping my dream alive. I realized there are different ways of becoming a millionaire, one of these days in the future I will be…

One day, after having traveling far, I successfully got out of the Istanbul Airport carrying ten millions in my bag. Quietly, no fear, I took a taxi to downtown, one of those unsafe taxis in a country where everyone can be a taxi-driver without holding a basic driving license. In Turkey there is no need for a driver to know the city well because the rider is supposed to know better than anyone where he or she wants to go. At the Turkish hotel I put my bag in a discrete corner of the small walk-in closet in my room, carefully covered it with a towel, put a dirty T-shirt over that, locked the door, and went out to discover this immense city. Istanbul is a large city, although it doesn’t seem so. It is larger than Paris and is the bridge between the Orient and the Occident. It was the capital of Byzantium and I learned its real name from history books when I was a child many years ago. It was on a list of famous places in the world I must one day visit: Constantinople.
Now my dream has come true; I am here, wandering everywhere, not only visiting famous sites like the wonderful Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia, or the University, but discovering complicated streets and mysterious markets, observing the contrast among many ethnic peoples, enjoying country music and dance. At night I had dinner in a fascinating Turkish restaurant where the meals and the music totally captivated not only me but the whole crowd. When I left, I realized in the dark street that it was very late and I was really very far from my hotel. The taxi driver I stopped did not speak any of the languages I knew but he seemed to understand where I wanted to go when I showed him the business card of my hotel. So we both did not say another word, and just let the cab proceed. Soon, I realized that he himself was lost in the complicated streets that were completely deserted by that late time of the night. After driving around for almost one hour, his car nearly ran out of gasoline. I then recognized a mosque I had visited close to my hotel. The car, however, could not reach it because the driver visibly did not know how to get out of this labyrinth of one- way streets. The more he tried the farther away he went. I was afraid that at the end, out of gasoline, he could simply put me down somewhere in this immense and unsafe city. So I decided to get out of the cab and walk to my hotel.
When the sound of the car’s engine slowly died, the tortured street where I was left suddenly become very dark and threatening. I felt somehow in a panic and I grasped a big stone as a defense measure in case of danger, I thought. Then I said to myself that it was stupid holding a stone because as long as I held it I counted on it, therefore losing confidence in myself and the wise and quiet mind I would need in case of danger. I threw the stone away, recovering my self-confidence and quietly walked around, finding the way back to my hotel through many amazing streets.
Entering my hotel room, the first thing I checked for was my bag. It was still there, in the same place. What really made me so happy at that moment was not discovering my money, but feeling my life was then safe. I was even proud of myself that I was able to discover Constantinople by night walking alone, without fear, through deserted streets. That night I learned that life is really the most precious thing you can have and a quiet mind can help to make your life much safer. In Constantinople, I was a happy multi-millionaire. Yes, it’s true, in Constantinople I became a multi-millionaire. I remember that at the Istanbul airport when I changed less than one hundred US dollars the clerk behind the counter gave me ten millions Turkish dollars in exchange! (in 1998)
My dear friends, I thought that in one way or another, I would find a way to make a million. But if I can help nice people like many of you to make millions for the wealth of their country and the happiness of their family it would be more fun. So I decided to become a professor of … Finance. Today I continue to travel around the world visiting universities. Everywhere, I no longer have students, only potential millionaires./.
Charles Phan Hoang (June 2003)

Sunday, November 22, 2015


POST 227 22NOV2015 
-A DREAM Charles Phan Hoang
POST 227 22NOV2015
The spontaneous writings presented in this collection are first drafts, not edited texts

June 2003

I wanted to become a millionaire. It was a reasonable dream for as good a student in Finance as I was; for people in this field are supposed to know how to make money legally and fast. Yes, it needs to be fast, very fast. With a good job some folks of my class could regularly save, after taxes, up to ten thousand American dollars a year. Wow! it is not bad; a lot of other guys would never reach this objective. However, and unfortunately, I thought, with this pace it would take me a hundred years to get my dearly dreamed million. Could I wait a century to become a millionaire? Absolutely no one would. So, suppose I start working like crazy right now, I could probably beat all my classmates, out- saving them by ten times.
Wonderful! Still, it would take ten of the most beautiful years of my life to make a million by regularly saving [a hundred thousand American dollars] every year. Am I ready to waste ten beautiful years of my life for a million dollars? I am also not sure that I will, in fact, be able to make a whole million, but very probably only a quarter of a million dollars if I am lucky enough. I will surely waste ten years of my life in this effort and gain a good deal of frustration in the process. Still, I really want to be a millionaire.
Then I asked myself what I could do with a million dollars when I have it. One million U.S dollars (in 1998) is just enough to buy an ordinary apartment, not a house, in Manhattan or in Tokyo. So I will have to avoid consuming my million, but invest it instead in some business, working harder and harder probably until late in my life when I can retire. Oh no! I want to travel and see the world. That is my real dream, a dream that has roots deep in my heart since I was a little boy. Suddenly my inner divine voice murmured two things. First, don’t wait until you have a million, just go away right now, fulfill the dream of seeing the world and learn to discover the real nature of life. Second, don’t try to make millions by doing things everyone can do; millions come to creative and knowledgeable people who can do things a special way that others could not even think to. So, I decided to leave without saying a word to all my dear buddies who would discourage my project to take the exciting road to unknown destinations, going around the world. Make a million kilometers first, I thought, and think of the million dollars later.
I am now on the road. I am getting way from myself and traveling on a low budget that would force me to learn many languages quickly, to know how to do lots of things in order to survive, to improve my memory, to build up self-confidence. The most important thing is to hold firm the conviction that the world is beautiful and worth discovery. People everywhere in the world are nice, even though we are constantly witnessing misery, violence, and injustice somewhere. Without this conviction one would get discouraged quickly, abandon the great dream and go home to quietly enjoy good meals cooked by a caring mom who will certainly always cook good meals, but always the same meals. Away from my home, I discovered that it’s worth tasting all kind of meals, believing that space could have more than three dimensions and time is not absolute. Each time I admire a wonderful place which may hide thousand years of history and has many different dimensions from dawn to dark depending on when and how I look it, this conviction is strengthened. Mount Everest is taller than God when you try to climb it , Mont Blanc is brighter than ten most brilliant Nobel Laureates if you admire it at an unforgettable summer evening where the sky cannot be more beautiful anywhere in the world. At the Dead Sea I saw a number of living people who worked there. No one dies under my eyes. Guadalquivir was for me the most mysterious and longest river in the world when I got lost at mid-night one dark winter day on the way to Cordova. When you get lost in life you don’t know where to look: in the jungle, any animal can attack you; sometimes the most dangerous animal is just the next guy you meet. The people of Masai Mara in Kenya once taught me how to be observant in the wild, which is full of lions and cheetahs and also how to look down at the earth so that you avoid putting your feet not only on snakes but on crocodiles. I did not really do my homework, however, because one beautiful day, while walking, I nearly failed to bypass that quiet crocodile who seemed to be resting peacefully on a rock enjoying the sunshine, possibly waiting for a naive guy who could serve her as a delicious lunch!
After such an experience you find how precious life is and how our time on earth so short even though we find that our hard day at work is so long. (to be continued on the next Post 228)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

POST 226 – 15NOV2015 EXERCISE Tham-Cong Tich-Thien Deep Training for physical endurance and quiet mind

POST 226 – 15NOV2015   
EXERCISE Tham-Cong Tich-Thien
Deep Training for physical endurance and quiet mind
 with Master Phan Hoang

POST 226 – 15NOV2015 
Application of method Tham-Cong to the exercise Tich-Thien

Post 226 14NOV2015
EXERCISE: Tich-Thien. See pictures in this Post 226.
FOCUS: Strengthening shoulders, back, hara, and stance dinh-tan posture.
METHOD: Thâm-Công/ Deep Training . Tham-Cong is a method of training using slow motion when executing a specific exercise to develop deep physical force and mind concentration.  In Thâm-Công method slow motion is only a supporting technique for the deep work behind the movement; the speed could vary according to the state of the mind, the breathing, and the mobilization of inner energy. The most valuable benefit of this method is in improving endurance and immunity.
BREATHING:  Breathing technique in this exercise Tich-Thien is a combined of lung-breathing and belly-breathing.
MEANING: Tich means accumulate, build up; Thien means good-nature, benevolence.
MIND: Be persistent, quite, and cleaver.
TIME: Minimum 9 times for each side, starting by right-hand-side then turning to left-hand-side. For advanced training: add a multiple of 3 (3x4= 12; 3x5= 15; 3x6= 18, ..., 3x18= 54, etc.)
MOTTO: Never give up.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


POST 225 07NOV2015

Contribution from Paola Binh-Lam

POST 225 – 07NOV2015 

About Rhodes, probably many of us still remember the history of the Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem. After the fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1291, the Order sought refuge in the Kingdom of Cyprus, then later, in need of a permanent base, they attacked the island of Rhodes which surrendered to the knights in 1309 after over two years of campaigning. Finally the Order came to build their place in Malta.
In 1912 the island of Rhodes became part of Italy, then since 1947 this attractive island belongs to Greece. This year 2015, a small team of Paola Binh-Lam (Vietchidao) has explored Rhodes and Karpathos and we have received beautiful pictures from their journey (posted below).
Best wishes for a continuing great Autumn Season.