What’s a V-Star ? V-Star 是什么？
Welcome, all V-Stars, welcome to our colorful and interesting journey to goodness. Here you shall learn all the good things to better develop yourselves, so that you will be one of the future leaders to make our world a better and brighter place. So come along, let us have a lot of fun along the way.
“V-Star” is the abbreviation of “Virtuous Star”, which means that you shall be bright stars in the sky to lead all those who are still in the darkness to a better and brighter world.
“V-Star” 是 “Virtuous Star” 的缩写，意思是“道德之星”，象征着所有该活动的参与者将犹如夜空中明亮的星星一般，引导并照亮黑暗中的人们。
So what should you do ?
Are you ready to be examples of goodness and spread that goodness around? If so, then you will be the source of your own nation’s true and long lasting happiness.
You shall start by doing various activities of goodness, and every activity shall be a pleasant experience of discovery for you. You will find all sorts of miracles along the way. And here we are, on the road to exciting adventures and good deeds.
What virtues ?
The basic virtue you shall be developing are Respect, Discipline and Patience.
The World Morality Revival project started in Thailand when the Ministry of Education met with the International Buddhist Society for a discussion. The main purpose for the meeting was due to the Ministry of Education’s major concern of though Thai student are being more academically successful while the education system seemed to be lacking of moral training for the future members of society. The International Buddhist Society turned to the universal wisdom of Buddhism and came up with a simple and practical solution to instill goodness within the hearts of our future generations and launched a pilot project at one of the schools, and soon teachers and parents saw great changes in their students’ behavior both at school and home.
Starting with only one school and its 300 students in 2008, V-star Project has developed into more than 5,000 schools and 200,000 students. With the wisdom of Buddhism, and its universally accepted moral value, a golden new era of Thai education system thus began.
The outcome is now known as the V-Star Project, and the project’s remarkable rate of growth is due to its compatibility and practicality. The V-Star Project is an activity-based learning module that does not interfere with the school’s curriculum as the project is based on activities outside of class.
The Project has seen success in Thailand and has proven to be equally applicable and adaptable internationally. In 2010, V-Star launched in Mongolia with just 5 schools and 250 students. After 5 short years, annual participation has reached over 400 schools and 20,000 students.
How was all this achieved ?
Buddhist philosophy lists three important elements that influence a child’s upbringing : parents, teachers, and society. V-Star Project aims to guide these three elements at how to educate their youth with proper moral values as well as coordinating the three.
How did habits form ?
Our five senses–sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch are in constant contact with external stimuli. The more
contact there is, the more familiar we become with it. We use those in our life until they eventually develop into habits. Good and bad habits are simply repetitive actions that we are accustomed to performing. According to a known theory, if someone repeats an action for 21 days, it will become a habit. This is an offshoot of Dr. Maxwell Maltz’s research that when people alter their appearance or lifestyle, it generally takes them 21 days to get accustomed to their new environment.
So if the repetitive actions are virtuous, then they lead to good habits, and vise versa. The root actions that
V-Star focuses on are Thought, Speech and Bodily Action. V-Star focuses on five universal virtues that can be identified within any culture, country or faith.
Training for WHAT ?
The Five V-Super Powers :
The cleanliness of body, appearance, bed, room, house, storage space, classroom etc., but most importantly, mind!
To properly arrange all items neatly whether at home or school. Personal items, school supplies, textbooks, and homework etc.. Adhering to all school, household and social rules.
Courteous and proper manner as well as un-abrasive way while interacting with people or using equipment.
To perform all daily time-related activities punctually at prearranged time, whether going to or arriving at school, finishing homework ect..
Being able to manage emotions to increase awareness, promote relaxation, build internal energy, and develop compassion, patience, kindness, forgiveness and generosity through meditation.
The places to develop good habits:
There are places where we frequently stay throughout our days: bedroom, bathroom, dressing room, dining room and classroom or workroom.
There are definitely goodness in all of us, but sometimes people are just lack of the means to properly develop it. With the help of V-star project along with the assistance of parents, teachers and social guidance, good habits can and will be easily developed.
How does V-star project help in developing good habits? There are 10 daily activities designed by V-star project as seeds of good habits. Regularly performing these activities shall undoubtedly ensure the growth of good habits.
Past experience of V-star project had proven that through the above practice, stronger bond between parents and children as well as greater interaction between teachers and students were built. The teachers claimed that tremendous improvements of students’ school grades, manners, and relations were obvious throughout the project and thereafter.
The students participated claimed that they felt more confident, cheerful and happy, also much more disciplined and respectful towards others.
10 Daily Routines
1. Get up early and make bed immediately.
2. Dress politely and appropriately for school.
3. Once a week, pick out the items that you really do not need in the future and donate it for a charitable cause.
4. Before going to bed, pay respect to your parents or guardian. Thank them and ask for their blessing.
5. Find good qualities in those around you such as teachers, friends, and family members, then write them down for future reference.
6. Help out with chores around the house and at school.
7. Read useful and knowledgeable books that benefit your self-development. Finish your school homework and assignments punctually.
8. Chant sutras and pray before sleeping.
9. Meditate, both after waking up and before going to bed.
10. Practice the Five Acts of Self-Discipline :
a. No intentional harming or killing of any living creature.
b. No taking or damaging of anything that was not willingly given to you.
c. Honor your own and others’ relationship, uphold the ideal and integrity of matrimony.
d. No false speech, i.e. lying, gossiping, or harsh words.
e. No taking of intoxicants, i.e. alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, etc..
Every year since 2008, the V-Star Project has organized Unity Day, Assembly of Virtuous Youth, at Dhammakaya Temple. Numerous enjoyable activities are organized to promote exchanges of knowledge and interaction among V-Star students from around the country and the world. There are also a Dhamma Contest to assess the level of morals of our youth, a world-class exhibition of the Life of the Lord Buddha, a 3-D movie related to heaven and hell, as well as a scholarship award ceremony.
V-star project helps ignite the light of morality within our children. Over a million youth had participated in this event. The project is determined to instill virtues and confidence in our children so that they mature into wholesome members of the society that the world needs.
When we are bright, our radiance will brighten the world !
Introduction of Meditation
How to start ?
• Sit on a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed – or whichever position you feel most comfortable in – as long as you are not lying down which brings drowsiness!
• Gently close your eyes. Relax and fully release your body of any tightness or stress. As you do that, feel as if you are sitting in your favorite place, maybe in the midst of nature, surrounded by freshness and cleanliness.
• Slowly begin to bring your awareness to the middle space of your body, or wherever feels the most comfortable, as gently as a feather. All you have to do next is just stay there and keep on being relaxed. As if there is not a single care in the world,
• If your mind is not yet still, you can think of a star, sun, moon, or anything that is easy to think of. Gently imagine it comfortably floating within the middle space of your body. You may also silently chant a phrase, such as “Clear and Bright”, with the sound softly coming from the center of your body.
• Gently imagine the object or silently chant the mantra, feel your mind in the center point where it is most tranquil and peaceful. Liberate your mind, give yourself a smile. And keep your mind calm and content, eventually your mind will stand still and bask in happiness continuously.
Benefits of Meditation
• Meditation is the base of attaining enlightenment
• Gains wisdom
• Helps discover our purpose of life
• Helps to learn forgiveness
• Meditation can help control our thoughts
• Increases creativity
• Improves learning and memory
• Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction, even substance abuse habits.
• Meditation can relax our nervous system
• Elevates energy
• Enhances strength and vigor
• Delays aging process
How Do I Fix These? 如何解决这些问题？
“Can not stop thoughts wandering”
Open your eyes, restart or gently imagine an image in the center of your body, do not struggle, comfortably and gently calm down the thoughts.
“WHERE in my belly?”
Wherever we feel the most comfortable above the level of the navel in our body, pick a spot and say, “Ok! That’s the one.” Just do it, the rest will sort itself out!
“So Sleepy !”
You might not drink enough water or have over eaten. It could also be that you are over relaxed?
“Oh! I’m feeling so sore!”
Pain is caused by incorrect posture, therefore, adjusting posture will help, or standing up ,stretching the body, then returning back to meditation till the discomfort is gone.
“Feeling tight and tense”
Take extra time to ensure complete relaxation of the body. Do not just try to relax, make sure that you are truly relaxed.
“The bliss of enlightenment is a kind of joy that comes from stillness of the mind which exceeds all happiness.”
Luang Por Dhammajayo
6th August, 2000