Here I’m going to share my thoughts and some translations of his book. I hope this will be a small clue to know what Jang Keun Suk was feeling during his trip in Berlin and Paris, and what he is feeling now. At least for me, I was comforted after reading this book personally. And thanks to this, I have a feeling that I understand him more than before. That’s why I don’t worry a lot about him now. I’m sure he knows how to stop and restart now.
tenshi_akuma’s note: Before reading my fan account, you can refer to the related thread posted previously.
[28.09.2012] AsiaPrince_JKS twitter
The author, Ven. Haemin is a Korean Buddhist monk. He became a monk when he was in Harvard university. He is the first Korean monk to teach in the United States as a professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He’s not only a monk or professor, but he’s now well-known in Twitter world. The reason he started twitter was very simple. Because he has lived in U.S., English-speaking country, for a long time, he missed his native tongue, Korean language. Then he started to tweet in Korean. He said in this book that he was comforted by exchanges with people using Korean. And he found that the people were also comforted by his tweets. Then, he decided to start tweeting something makes them comfort. Eventually, he got a number of followers and has been supported by people beyond generations. This book consists of 352 tweets and his additional thoughts. I hope this book will be published all over the world and comfort people’s view of life. Needless to say, he’s quite good at English, so it won’t be long before the English version is out 😉
tenshi_akuma’s note: As of 20 November 2012, the number of his followers reaches around 298,023. His twitter account is @haeminsunim . He sometimes tweets English, too.
Translation of quotes (from Japanese into English):
In this book, there are hundreds of words for people in various situations. Some words will reach those who always try to do their best. They think life is too short to live, and they don’t know how to rest properly. Such people (I think Sukkie is this type, and I’m also kind of this type..) face up even to heavy stress. They try to be perfect with a lot of efforts. They’re never discouraged with their strong will power. Other words will reach those who lost their confidence. They are tired of work and human relations, and they’ve frustrated why the world isn’t kind to them. The two types of people I mentioned are just examples. Surely each page has profound words to everyone. Even the same person can change the feeling day by day. That’s why I recommend this book to everyone, everyday in hand.
tenshi_akuma’s note: I’m afraid my English is limited so as to convey his thoughts to you. But I’ll try, even it’s just pieces of them… I hope you can feel something.
Below are some words I really empathize.
Chapter 1: Rest
Do you think the world troubles you? When you rest, the world rests, too.
Are you feeling depressed?
If so, just see a sleeping baby’s face for one minute.
You’ll feel a calm repose in your mind.
The reason music is beautiful is
because there is a rest, a pause, a sense of distance between notes.
The reason language is beautiful is
because there is a pause between words.
We sometimes need to review
whether we’ve been running without stop or we’ve talked too much endlessly.
When you’re eating ramen for dinner alone,
please eat it with a feeling that takes care of and cherish yourself.
“You worked hard today, with this weary body and cares for others.”
Let’s give a word to you, “Well done!”, giving yourself a hug,
and go to bed one hour earlier than usual.
You deserve it.
Why don’t you buy flowers instead of a lottery?
For your beloved family.
If you buy two or three flowers and put it on a table after a long interval,
you’ll be filled with peaceful and happy feelings for a several days with 100% winning rate.
#23 (this was quoted in JKS’ twitter)
The world keeps turning all right even without you.
Let’s release your obsessiveness that no one can do anything without you.
p30 (summary of the author’s thought)
I’m so busy as a monk and a professor. I’m also a scholar, a teacher, a religious person and a disciplinant. During weekdays, I teach students and also do studies as a scholar. During weekends, I drive to New York for three hours and visit my former teacher monk’s temple and do my role. During a long vacation, I’m busier. I go and see senior monks, work as a interpreter if I’m asked and go and preach as I’m asked. Needless to say, even under such situations, I have to spare time for ascetic training. Besides, I have to write an essay and do studies. “Who am I? What am I doing?” To be honest, I sometimes wonder if I am a real monk and if it’s OK that a monk lives in a rush. But I soon realize that the world isn’t busy but my mind is busy. In short, when my mind rests, the world rests, too. Then, reviewing such a busy me, I found the reason my life is busy because that I want to be busy. If I really want to rest, I can just rest. Even if an offer comes, I can just refuse it. Nevertheless, the reason my schedule is packed is because I enjoy this busyness to some extent. As for me, it’s a big pleasure to meet and give a help to someone who needs me. Are you really want to take a rest? If so, just bring your mind to the present for sure. The busy mind such as I should do this and that passes between past and future. If your mind is set on the present, there is no past, no future. Only present exists. And the moment without any time phase is not busy at all. The situation of your mind’s eye to the world reflects how you feel seeing to the world. When your mind rests, the world rests, too. When your mind is happy, the world is happy, too. Your mind and the world don’t exist independently. Before blaming for the world, let’s polish your lens beautifully.
“Rest and rest again” is important.
No matter how hard you try,
if the situation you are put in now is almost impossible to change,
why don’t you change the attitude of your heart sees the situation?
If so, you’ll be happy.
Originally there is no goodness or badness.
When you see the world with aspects of your heart, goodness and badness appear.
Chapter 2: Human relations
In our relationships, we should deal with others like a stove.
Don’t approach too close. Don’t act too distant, either.
Please forgive the person for your own sake.
#50 (summary of the author’s word)
Please forgive the person who did something that shouldn’t have been done as a human.
For yourself, not for himself.
For yourself, again, for your own sake.
Not because the person is adorable.
Not because the person is forgivable.
Not because the person is a human being like us.
Because it’s necessary for you to live.
Because it’s necessary for you to forget the person to live your own life.
Because you have right to be happy.
That’s why you forgive the person.
Surely it’s not so easy.
You may still feel frustrated.
You may still feel anger swelling inside.
But please consider if it’s good for you.
Even if your mind can’t accept what your head decided,
please decide tentatively.
To forgive the person.
To forget the person.
When you try to solve human-relation problems,
Don’t start with your feeling why the other person doesn’t understand you
or why he doesn’t act as you expect him.
If so, the problems won’t be solved.
Because the feeling starts not from your understanding to the other person
but from your request to him.
if you start with feelings why the person thinks so about you,
which part he misunderstands you and thinks that it’s hard to understand you,
your understanding will deepen and the problems will be solved easier than you imagine.
If you say the same thing,
why don’t you say not like “Why do you say such a sad thing?”,
but like “I feel sad and lonely when you say so?”
when you speak,
please try not to use accusing tone of voice.
please just describe your situation.
This is good for communications.
An apple contains the entire universe.
It contains nourishing material of soil, sunlight, oxygen, nitrogen, rain and farmers’ sweat.
The entire universe relies on each other to live.
What do you contain?
I wish you’ll lead a life with gratitude.
If I have children,
I have something to teach them without fail as follows.
All people are the same human being,
no matter how famous, strong or rich they are.
As you are not so special, other people are not special, too.
Therefore, you don’t have to cower for living.
I have a favor to ask parents.
If you really hope that your children can lead a happy life,
please try to lower your interest and expectation to them to some extent
and attend to your interest to your parents instead.
If so, your children surely will grow up to be much better.
No matter how huge your dream is,
please tell it to people.
By the time you tell it to around 10 people,
the probability of realizing the dream will be higher.
Please act with confidence like your dream already came true.
And please put your heart and soul into the preparation.
If so, curiously the dream will come true.
When I choose a person, I check only one thing.
I prefer the person who can say “I can be mistaken.”
There is no necessary even to check other matters.
The person saying so has confidence and can get along with others.
[by Ahn Cheol-soo]
Knowledge tries to speak.
Whereas, wisdom tries to listen.
The person without wisdom can’t absorb new ideas
because their way of thinking starts from “I’ve already known that kind of thing.”
Whereas, the person with wisdom can get much more wisdom
because they are always all ears to what others say,
thinking “There are things I haven’t known yet.”
An enlightened person feels both an entire flow and the individual existence at one time.
Whereas, an ignorant person cares only about the individual existence,
judging it’s good or bad whether it fits their conditions precisely or not.
Your friends doesn’t expect you to find the fundamental solution
while you’re listening to their difficult situation.
They’re thankful enough to you for the situation you’re listening to them.
And it is a comfort to them.
Therefore, if someone comes and starts to talk his worries,
please just listen to them sincerely, not trying to find the solution.
If you concentrate on it,
even a telephone directory is interesting to read.
If your life isn’t interesting,
that’s because you’re not concentrating on it now.
I look up at one of countless shining stars in the night sky.
I, one of countless people living on the earth, look up at the star.
Meeting with people is also brought by fate like this,
one of tens of millions of coincidence but destiny.
Love means staying together.
Love means you’re always ready for listening with a tender heart.
Love means believing.
Love has no reason other than just to love the person.
Love is giving anything for love and there is no regrets about it.
Love means to watch over them.
Love is to love someone as he or she is.
It’s not love that you wish your beloved one would be like this.
It’s a projection of your desire.
Please don’t live your life through your beloved one.
It’s a true love that you free him or her to let them live their own life.
When you love someone, you care about the person.
When you care about someone, doing something for the person is important.
However, controlling yourself not to do what you shouldn’t do is also very important.
Visible love is small, compared to invisible big love behind that…
[by Kahlil Gibran]
There are a lot of people who ask how to let their mind go blank.
If you try hard to let your mind go blank with determination,
you will end up being shook-up.
Because trying to empty your mind means actually having the idea in your mind.
Then, how can we rest for thinking and let our mind empty?
The answer is just watching over the idea occurred in your mind.
While watching over, your thinking is resting.
If you want to live without any worries, the answer is very simple.
All you have to do is just focus on the present.
Both ideas and worries belong to the past or the future.
Can you think of the present?
Can you think of the present in this moment?
Please try it and see.
How did it go?
Don’t you think it’s almost impossible?
Again, all you have to do is just put your mind on the present.
That’s all. Then, your worries will pause.
p181 (summary of the author’s thought)
The most common question I’m asked is how we can control ourselves without panic and keep calm when negative feelings such as anger, irritation, loneliness, and hate swell in our mind. Whenever I’m asked, I feel that asking such a question itself means at least half of the question has been solved already. Because when such feelings swell inside, the person has already noticed the state of mind that he is overwhelmed and struggling with them. The problem is that when such feelings emerged, many people consider them only as a target which is necessary to ease. They don’t consider their mind as a target which is necessary to understand. In fact, when such a negative feeling occurs in mind, they just think that they want to get out of the feeling soon by all means. They don’t try to understand the state of mind or get along with the mind. I compare negative feelings such as rage and hate to ”mud”. The mind (water) is totally mixed with mud and has become a fully muddy water. Nevertheless, are you stirring the muddy water with your hand to clear it? Does it end up to make mud mix more and more? Let’s take an example. After you envied someone and hate emerged inside you, even if you try harder and harder to remove the feeling by thinking other good things, the feeling of hate will occur again without realizing. Like this, even if you try to change the negative state in mind by yourself, doing something toward your mind, the essential problem won’t be solved and which will confound the situation. Then, how should we do? In fact, the answer is simple; just stand back from the feeling and gaze it quietly as if you watch movies or dramas. That is, you shouldn’t try to do anything entering your vessel of mind like muddy water, but just get out of the vessel of mind and try to watch the feeling quietly as if watching movies or dramas. In this way, you’ll see the negative state of mind gradually shifts into different one very naturally, and disappears. Some may ask, “Is it OK just to watch over it?” “Doesn’t it mean running away from our problems?” No, it’s not escaping from reality at all. This process is not to escape from reality, but rather to face it. Staring things as it is; straight gaze at reality. Practicing to gaze straight at what is happening now in mind, eventually, you’ll notice that feelings come to mind are unsubstantial. After knowing this, you won’t easily swayed even if the feelings like anger, irritation, worry, hate, and so on occur. Please don’t force yourself to assuage you mind. All you have to do is just to become friends with the mind and watch over it quietly.
Hearing someone’s term of reproach,
it sounds like the person who is blamed did something reprehensible.
But, listening it carefully and deeply,
you’ll see he just blames the person
just because the person didn’t listen to what he said to the person.
Please don’t be fooled!
Instead of trying to make people around you change to fit you,
please try to release your desire that you want to change them.
It’ll be the fastest.
How can you change others on your own wishes
although you can’t control even your own feelings?
Things I used to love when I was young but, not so much now:
the air from air conditioners, buffet, horror movie, plane ride, big city, and playing all night…
Things I used to dislike when I was young, but I like now:
millet rice, walking, meditation, being alone, Mozart, exercise, tea…
Our mind has changed without realizing. And it is changing with each passing moment.
When praying, it’s sometimes necessary to pray your wish to come true.
But, rather it’s better to pray to expand the size of your mind enough to accept everything
no matter what happens.
Please don’t bargain with Buddha or God to grant your wish
because you have contributed money to them.
Please be ready to accept everything.
Even if things doesn’t go as you expect,
please don’t get angry.
Please release yourself, and accept the situation.
Resistance makes you unhappy.
If you can’t accept it,
please pray so that you can accept it.
p236 (summary of the epilogue)
When you are too busy and feel as if you are being chased by time,
When you have too many worries and there seems no end to think through,
When you were hurt by others and have a hard time,
When you feel just worried about your future looks very bleak,
why don’t you pause for a while?
Even for one minute, let’s stop.
Put your mind on the present and take a deep breath for a while.
What kind of sound do you hear now?
How do you feel your body now?
How does the sky look now?
When you pause, you can finally see…
your thoughts, your pains, and your relations.
That’s because when you stop, you can take a step back from it.
That’s why you can see more clearly than before when you were swayed by it.
And when you pause, you can finally see your surroundings…
such as family and co-workers’ face who always support you,
the scenery of towns where you always go but haven’t noticed,
and the talk you were hearing but actually you couldn’t catch.
If you stop doing now for a while,
the whole inside and outside of yourself will gradually emerge.
And feeling what emerged will lead to the fact that
in our mind there is not only an unsatisfied and imperfect me but also the one who is watching over it.
p125 (summary of the author’s thought about identity)
Americans (Westerners) judge the person’s identity from “what he does”. Whereas, in Korea the most important to judge his identity is “organization he belongs to and his job title”. Koreans consider that what kind of group the person is now belonging to is more important than what he is doing now and what he can do. Every time I return Korea, I’m puzzled why Koreans are so particular about educational background. If Steve Jobs had been Korean, not American, he would have faced a lot of difficulty carrying out his plans because of his educational background. Even if he had tried to establish an company like Apple Computer, he would have been thought his plan couldn’t be great because he hadn’t graduated from Harvard, Princeton, or Yale University and he wouldn’t have been able to get any supporters. Therefore, I feel sorry about it. Because my ideal society is the one focuses on “what the person can do now and what he is trying to do now”. If we try to find his identity from his background or organization, we tend to see his “past”, not his “present”. It’ll be a big mistake.
53 thoughts on “[FA] Book “Things You Can Finally See When You Stop” written by Ven. Haemin”
Finally I could post this here. I’m so sorry to have kept all of you waiting for a long time. It was tough for me to select quotes and translate them into English with my limited English. But I did it anyway. I hope this will help you to tell what I wanted to share after reading this book.
OK, I share my personal thoughts a bit now. After reading Haemin’s words, honestly I identified a lot with him. His words remind me of what I believe in mind and what I should continue to believe. The biggest thing I learnt from this book is how to pause for a while; put my mind on the present and take a deep breath for a while, just focus on the present. I think Jang Keun Suk now knows how to pause and how to watch over his mind like movies. I don’t know why but I’m sure he’s changed now in a good way. Some eels miss his tweets storm, but I don’t think he’ll do the same things again like before. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t care eels. In my opinion, he paid attention to various things and tried to do his best and be perfect. But his such considerations might have led a big burden on him. I think he forgot how to breathe and just kept running. Not being able to breathe means painful and restless even though he chose to keep running. That’s why I think he needed to focus on what he is doing and wants to do. Therefore, learning how to pause and clear out his mind is very good for him to concentrate his present state.
At the same time, I feel something different, too… When I was thinking about Sukkie while and after reading this book, I remembered “the fox” story of book “Little Prince”. Some parts of the quotes are, “the fox told him his secret: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” “You become responsible , forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose…” Many of you might know the story, too. If you know the story, I think you’ll understand what I’m trying to say from this story. Our Prince, Jang Keun Suk also has tamed us, eels. He’s such an unusual super friendly artist to his fans, so we’re used to his friendliness. And we’ve become to expect him a lot. I think it’s good time to appreciate how happy we have such an adorable Prince again and think over our relationship to keep it forever.
If you’re interested in the detail of “the fox” story, please see the link below.
sis Kaori chan,
I’m crying reading your message here,(crying with gratitude and revelation!!) It seems like you have opened up my heart and my mind wider to accept the truth behind the hidden doors by simpily understand, believe and trust in the person whom I always confess to LOVE.
My love for JKS is exactly like this quote, “Love has no reason other than just to love the person.”
sis Kaori Chan, may I praise you too!! You are also a very very special and wise young lady!!! I love you just the way you are, even without ever meet you before!!!!
thank you.. for always being an unconditional eel as you are.
Kaori chan, thanks for the extracts & translation from this book which Sukkie read recently this year.. I believe this book has really influence Sukkie a lot and I agree with you, I like that influence as he has started to pause to reflect at certain point of his hectic life and I always think this change is not totally new to me as I remember in the FujiTV documentary, the last part when he was interviewed, he mentioned he love his personal time and in the documentary.. he mentioned he wants to have time to spend with his friends over coffee instead of drink (how I interpret… he wants a more leisure day time spent with his friends than drinking with them at night only after work) I believe he deserves this time to spend with his friends & family… I’m glad to see the twitter from his friend on the group photo with Sukkie spending with this LoungeH friend recently.. I’m sure eels would slowly adjust to Sukkie’s change and understand that is actually good for his mind & soul.. though we may miss him ^_^
where can i buy it ?
Tenshi…thanks for this translation..i feel like i can understand him better now. suk ah..please take your time..we will wait for you definitely..no matter how long it takes.
Tenshi…you are awesome eel..promise you will be eel forever 🙂
Thank Tenshi for your translation. Now I understand why he is silence. I’m thankful he read this book so he can really take a proper break and take things easy. I don’t want him to burn out.
such an in depth writing.. is mind blowing! he’s learning to stop to appreciate things around him. life around him and loved ones is primary, eels may be secondary but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love eels. just that he need to stop for a while to take a look at his current life and do the best out of it;) till he is ready to look at eels again, i hope, one day hopefully soon, once he is ready, he will include eels as part of his “break routine”!;) that one day he may come to realize that eels are not a burden to his current state of mind, but a joy to keep him going.. like he always say, eels give him energy. which i hope he wont get burden by our expectation to him, but because we truly give him the energy and joy..
tenshi thank you so much for your effort on translating this,the words not only made me fully understand our PRINCE but also enlightens me on some of my views in life,you are right that it can be handy on our daily lives,it teaches us how to live each day happily
our PRINCE may change his way towards his eels but I believe he still cares and loves us and he will continue to bring happiness in our lives through his music,dramas and movies.
I LOVE PRINCE JKS and I WILL FOREVER BE HIS LOYAL EEL 🙂
thank you for translation ,for me its a mouth of oxigen .
we must to life to the present ,here ,now.
we must to love ,be in love ,send love to enione around us.
god its love ,peace ,we are love ,and ouer hearth and mind keep this faith of love.
I felt inspired reading all these quotes, some touches my heart because it’s exactly what I need to hear right now, related to things that I’m facing at this moment. It’s really wonderful. I rarely want to read a book but after reading what you wrote, I’m interested to read the whole book myself, because I think I really need something like this in my life now.
As for our dear prince, I believe that he’s standing at a junction of his life with many roads to continue to the future, change is inevitable. I’m glad that he read this wonderful book and I hope, wholeheartedly, that it helps him in whatever he’s doing. Of course, I will support him no matter what because I sincerely believe he’s different and he truly care about us (eels) and I want to give him my support, however I can, in a way that helps him instead of burdening him.
sis Kaori chan, Millions Thank you would not be enough to compensate how much I appreciate your hard work in translating this article. I feel soooo profoundly proud of you, beside always admiring you. Such an honor to know you as friend!!!
As for this article, I will book-mark this page forever. I will learn and read this wisdom teaching line by lines, for I just find out that I have been doing so many things wrong or in a negative ways toward myself or others.
Thanks for the translation, Tenshi,
I think everybody has such hard times in his or her life. At these times it is better to go back ones origin.( Maybe it would be a good idea to go back to school.) Anyway, I believe he will get over it and be stronger.
Looking back to his tweet “The World will keep turning even without me” something like that,I knew something will change,I’m not shocked at all because that is actually my wish for him,to take his time to think things that are more important,his family for example..I remember myself writing him a letter in his old OFC where free member can post message to him, my usual message is ” have quality time with ur Omma and Oppa”.. Countless time I talked to my close eel sisters,we talked about the present situation and we agreed on one thing, nothing will shake our loyalty and love to this special “STAR” ,we’ll stay no matter what and will wait for him patiently..Yeah, pain is inevitable bec we used to be pampered with his daily updates and now no more..Once u understand him,you’ll never feel insecure because you’ll know that even his not around he will always be there,watching us..Yes, I cried because I miss him but I’m not a selfish eel not to give him what he deserves and that is peace of mind..I hope and pray that he’ll learn to forget those unhappy times and move on..He deserves a happy life!!
Thank you very much Tenshi’ what I love about you is ur sincerity’,may we all stay together for the sake of friendship and love for this wonderful human being “Jang Keun Suk”..Love u Prince J!!
Wow..charlotte..u must be a very senior eel. yes..its true..me sometimes feel that most of my free time fill with jks since i know him..seems like my time with friends and family are very limited even for myself..this book is a good one.the contents can reflect anyone in a positive way of thinking not only suk.even he’s change..i promise my feeling for him will never change forever.
The truth is I’m not, I watched YAB only last year and that makes me a 1 year old eel *___*
owh..that’s mean im your sunbae.kkk…but how come you post a letter to his old OFC? he still use that?
i am amazed how many emotions i have come out reading just parts of this book, it just strucks you to the core. i have such a tough year and this has brought so many bitterness in me, i have forgotten how beautiful the sorroundings, the people around me, and the other blessings i have gotten. i have been moving too fast and fast forwarding the present to reach the goal i have been longing, to stop waiting and finally start living, and this never came, and i became more bitter and questioning why this is all happening.
this book is telling me why, because i am not living in the present. Sukkie might have felt this too, he has been just preparing for what comes next and forgets to “stop and smell the flowers”.
today, i will stop. i will walk around and see the beautiful sights, i will take the time to ask how someone is doing, and i will not think about what will tomorrow bring. this is hard for me, but it will be good for me, for Sukkie, maybe for you too.. why dont we all try?
Sis Steevee, AGREE!!! Lets all try to live in enrich and peaceful life in a “pause or pace” motion; not blindly running faster without breathe to the unclear destinations!!!
True we all need to breathe..I need to realize things that I’ve neglected and appreciate them as it is..I’ve been busy planning for the and it stressed me out..deep sigh** but it’s never too late right? I hope I can carry my words into action!!
Kaori sis Thank you so much for this I see what is going on, and this help me to understand him more. I see he is being running like crazy for 20 years now it’s the time for himself. Anmd also this would help me to understand my boyfriend too who is the same kind of person than prince.
Again Thanks a lot <3
Tenshi: First i would like to express that i missed your very prompt daily updates to a point where i was concerned if you were not keeping well or what, since I visit JKS Forever about five times a day. That’s how much i enjoy reading here.
Thank you so much for your time and effort to translate these very meaningful quotes from “Things You Can Finally See When You Stop”; by Ven. Haemin. I learnt of this book and it’s contents through JKS Forever, so i tried to find a book in English.
Personally i am very grateful that i have had this chance to read your translated version and your shared comments. I have learnt a lot from this and hope many others will find how these quotes could make a significant change to one’s mind while finding inner peace and a strong impact to living a happier daily life.
Since the time i found out that our prince JKS was reading this book and through the few quotes he shared i had a feeling that it had caught his attention. I see an expression of more confidence, peace and happiness shining through him these days.
I hope you are aware of how much joy you give to others through your daily news, views and comments. Prince JKS is very fortunate to have an amazing eel like you. God bless.
Patient, discipline, respect, are we always been told about these words? I know patient is one of the very good qualities that a person should have but I’m apparently lacking of it. Read these words again will put me on a time out chair and let me think of being “patient” is how important and useful. I even haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing yet, but just by a few words from the beginning of this article, I’m already feel more peaceful.
Thanks so much for your hard work, Kaori, is Thanksgiving time, and I’m being thankful, my lovely eels friends are the things I want to thank to JKS. Is my fortune to have these friends when we need each other to support and to understand better.
I will also keep this article as “frequently” read thing. I do hope there is an English version of this monk’s book. 🙂
I love you, Cri.
And yes, as maybe JKS is using more time to read books that he likes, which I always want to do that and hardly find time to do it. And of course, to spend more time with the people you care the most. I did that last week. Spent my vacation time with my kid and my parents. It was great. “Balance” is another word I like and I think here is also give from the book. 🙂
I finally finished reading this article. I started to read this because I was trying to find that what is JKS’s mind now and why is so quiet, but through reading, I found all these wisdom and buddhism words are actually directly to myself. I think everyone who read it will find some part that is talking about themselves.
For me, for my soul, for my family, for my love, I’m glad I read this article.
Thank you Kaori for translating and sharing these wise words…. food for the soul…
Thank you so much Kaori, for sharing with us a glimpse of the profound words shared in the book, and offering us a perspective of Sukkie’s current state of mind and being now, really an eye opener indeed.
One very good reminder is that many a times, we are placed in situations where we are unable to change the environment/people, so what’s most important is our mindset and how we chose to tackle and view the situation. Only when you are at peace with yourself, the external noises would appear smaller and more manageable; likewise only when we take a step to to breath and take care of ourselves a little, we can better appreciate the world and our surroundings and the people around us….
Thank you so much for your time and effort in translating this book. This book should be translated into english so that more people can appreciate and find meaning in life in this busy and brutal world.
You have made it easier for eels to understand why Sukkie has become quiet recently and also, some of the quotes also explain some of sukkie’s actions and behaviour.Eg. quotes #123,#124. Now I know why he called himself Asia PRince and now, World Prince. It has less to do with arrogance but more to do with self-believe and self-confidence.
Thanks for translating parts of the book, Tenshi! It is indeed a great book and I can’t wait for the English translation. I sure would want to have a copy.
I had been curious as to what this book is all about although I know it had to be something so profound and inspiring for it to have a huge impact on Sukkie. He started to “become quiet” not long after reading this book. And I understand him more now. There’s a sense of peace and calmness, and a deeper kind of happiness when you stop and look around. I know, that’s what I feel now.
After quitting from my job, which has enslaved me for more than six years, I am finally actually living in what the book says – the present, and I have never been so much happier in my life. I have been running too fast these past six years that I had somehow taken for granted the people around me, my family, the small things in life that can make me happy. And I am seeing them all now from a different perspective, a better perspective — as what Stv said, “I had stopped and smelled the flowers”. And I am happy, I am at peace.
Kaori, thank you so much for the translation. You’re really one of Sukkie’s jewel. This would help me to understand and love him more.
…wow i just read it once sis Tenshi, but i promise myself to read it over and over again..thank you very much sis..it is really very encouraging and rich detail about life..i am a Christian by faith but i believe some of the thoughts here agreed with the Bible..I love the thoughts about forgiveness..that is to forgive not for the person but for yourself…
… about our Prince… now i had a deeper understanding about him now..though you have mentioned it before but your translation of the book really made me realized how I wronged him because of his long silence… i hope that Sukkie would really be mindful of the smallest details in his life and take care of every relationship he has and also take good care of himself… GOD BLESS HIM and GOD BLESS YOU SIS..LOve you both!
btw.. THANK YOU THANK YOU TENSHI!
hi Tenshi, really appreciate your effort for the translation. Prince will be so proud to have you as his eel.
Everyone miss him, included me. But I know we can’t be too obsessed and need to carry on with our reality life. When you step back, you actually have clearer picture and gain more insight, which i’ve experience myself. Nobody is indispensable to anyone. We need to consistently talk to ourselves and educate our own mind..in order to be a happy person.
Hope all eels will be a happy eel 🙂
again lee minho and jang geun suk let’s do it again go and vote for sukkie we have only 4 days let show the minoz the eels power go go go
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Don’t worry. Be happy. Worrying will not solve your problems. Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself.Today has a lot to take care of but always maintain to have grateful heart. Count your blessings. Thats right when things dont seem to go well do not dwell for so long on it if you cant find a solution and learn to move on. Listen to what your body says and rest awhile from the hustle and bustle of life. Stop and rest and pray.
Well Done & thanks for sharing!
Word of wisdom from Ven. Haemin. He has enlighten many including our Prince. Thru Prince tweet, we got to know of some quotes, and thanks to Tenshi, many more now know of this book and some of the extracts. Amazing ripple effect! and a Good one. These precious words definately inspires many…. Thanks Tenshi, you’v done many good deeds!
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thank you so much kaori chan..finally i can understand what sukkie has tweeted before..
ive seen this book during my trip to korea last week,they put it at the front spot..i think bcoz this book is good enough for everyone..
Tenshi, a million thanks for translating and sharing the essence of this book. Though this is in the context of Buddhist religion, but still it applies to Christian like me or even to any kind of belief. Reading what you have shared, I agreed with you that in Sukkie’s silence this time we are assured that he is more at peace of himself, he is no longer scared for his future and he gave love to people whom he treasured a lot specially his parents and the people who work with him. Its really true, that what matters most is to live the present moment well.
Because my ideal society is the one focuses on “what the person can do now and what he is trying to do now”. If we try to find his identity from his background or organization, we tend to see his “past”, not his “present”. It’ll be a big mistake.
yeah Korean should learn to not judge our prince 🙁 especially things done when he is a kid and past 🙁
jks looks really affected by that book. hope for best for him
Thank you Tenshi very much. I like his philosophy because it gives me a peace of mind after reading it. But I do not know whether in this faith, they believe in heaven or hell or not?
I am a Christian by faith and I believe in Jesus who can save both YOU all and me so whoever believe in Him can have ETERNAL life in HEAVEN. Bible is a guide book from the Almighty God in Heaven to lead our everyday life in living – to love, to forgive, and NOT to worry about tomorrow. Jesus did teach us about life about 2000 years ago. We need to repent of our sins and be good.
I am so glad to know all eels in this pool. You are all very great,so nice people and so lovable because you can love someone so far – just from the TV, yet not knowing him personally.
Here I pray God bless Jang Keun Suk and God bless you all always forever and ever!!!
Just want to repost my most treasured FA in this blog. Tenshi Akuma, thanks a lot once again for translating this book.
wow look nice book to read in my next holiday i going to read this book and get peace and love and my prince love you
I reread this post again…even is of old date but it is not outdated..
I so love the last one (p 125) because it reminds me of Sukkie how he tries to keeps his own color and identity doing what he believes in and is excluded by the mass…sabled down because he dares to be out of the box…
I do wish this book comes in english very soon..
I’m already inspired by your post Tenshi..and reading this makes me understand Sukkie and myself even more..
sis tenshi, you are a truly amazing eel of jks…you do not simply update us on his whereabouts and what’s happening with him…you exert such great effort to help us understand our prince and what’s going on in his mind and why he acts so…thank you so much…
from your translations, we now know that our prince seems to be happier and more at peace with the world and himself…now i understand why he does not harbor any ill feeling towards the korean public who give him low ratings for his dramas, and the korean press who persecuted and criticized him for a long time…admirable attitude of our prince…instead of telling “i told so! and “i said i could do it and i did!”… when asked about the three year period of his life, he just said..it was all a misunderstanding with the press……our prince really has a good heart… and he has great depth as a person…who would think a very busy and highly visible star would be reading and liking a book such as this?…he has an amazing mind and such capacity for learning and change…he has influenced my life a lot…i now have learned that you may have no choice with your present situation but you can learn to enjoy it…that you can pursue other dreams you have without fear of failure…that what matters is how you feel inside..because it will influence how you see the world..love you,jks, for making me appreciate the present more and no longer long for what might have been..and thank you, sis tenshi
Ven. Haemin’s bestseller to hit U.S. shelves
Penguin Group has decided to publish the English edition of a South Korean bestseller written by a well-known Buddhist monk.
Ven. Haemin, known as a “healing mentor” among Korean youth, authored the book titled “Things You Can Finally See When You Stop.” Its publisher Sam&Parkers signed a copyright contract with Penguin, which plans to publish the book in the United States and other English-speaking countries.
Penguin said the book will appeal to readers in their 20s and 30s outside of Korea. Part of the content will be edited in consultation with the author to make it more accessible to readers unfamiliar with Korean culture.
The thought-provoking book sold 2.4 million copes in Korea since its release in January 2012.
Ven. Haemin said he would donate all royalties from the book’s overseas sales to charities for poor children and the elderly.
Thanks for the info, but it seems not published yet. Do you know the further info?
O yes…I’m sure all non Korean speaking eels are interested in this one…so we come to understand our Eel master evenmore
..and the English version of the book will be available next month..
Got this one as it has been Jang Keun Suk’s favorite; he mentioned about the book’s content in his 2012 Tweets and even in his concert [2013 Jang Keun Suk ZikZin Live Tour in Zepp Sapporo]. [The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: Guidance on the Path to Mindfulness from a Spiritual Leader by Haemin Sunim]. Thank you, Sukkie, for giving me a chance to expose my spiritual belief to an alternate faith.
hi there， i just find this FA now finished reading some
comments from fans ，agreed on what your comments and sis Tenshi ‘s . this is a interesting book and will try to read it if they have it in Eng , I only wanted to say that ourPrince is very brave to disclose his sickness （Bipolar disorder） which is very common and he can deal with it himself bcx he has to be positive and think of all the LOVE and supports from his Eels . and dont Demonding too
much from himself.No one is perfect and he already achieved so much. And please don’t have to pay attentions on those negative comments .We eels are so proud of you .byebye have a good week Love you all