“Mathematics and the 10 Paramis”



I realize that the skills required in doing mathematics can be transferred to real-life. In mathematics, what is required is essentially to simplify all problems. Similarly, if one can see beyond the numbers and procedures involved, then one sees the intrinsic value of learning mathematics. Through mathematics, we can also impart and teach the kids values in life – as in the 10 Perfections (Paramis). How to do it?

1) Generosity (Dana) – Teach a friend, share what you know.

2) Morality (Sila) – One can never cheat his or her way in mathematics, all working must be shown.

3) Renunciation (Nekkhamma) – Mathematics is all about simplifying problems and expressions.

4) Wisdom (Panna) – One needs to “see things as they really are” before a mathematical problem can be correctly solved.

5) Energy (Viriya) – Mathematics definitely requires mental energy.

6) Patience (Khanti) – Work at it, don’t give up!

7) Truthfulness (Sacca) – Total honesty in doing mathematics.

8) Determination (Adhitthana) – If at first you do not succeed, try and try again.

9) Loving-Kindness (Metta) – Please be kind to your teacher, do your homework.

10) Equanimity (Upekkha) – Sometimes mathematics is easy, sometimes it is difficult. But hey, that’s life, isn’t it?


Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotel chains, attributes his phenomenal success to his mathematics lessons in school:


I am not out to convince anyone that calculus, or even algebra or geometry, are necessities in the hotel business. But I will argue long and loud that they are not useless ornaments pinned onto an average man’s education. For me, at any rate, the ability to formulate quickly, to resolve any problem into its simplest, clearest form has been exceedingly useful. It is true that you don’t use algebra formulae but….I found higher mathematics the best possible exercise for developing the mental muscles necessary to this process……(Conrad Hilton (1957), Be My Guest)

Mathematics is the training ground to cope with life. Remember what Conrad Hilton says……


This is Mathematics – Dhamma. Isn’t this wonderful?

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“WHO Lives Longer?”




Elephants                        – 70 years

Camel                              – 50 years

Horse                              – 50 years

Tyrannosaurus-Rex         – 45 years

Deer                                – 35 years

Lion                                – 35 years

Tiger                               – 25 years

Wolf                                – 16 years

Fox                                 – 14 years


Marine Animals

Whale                            – 116 years

Shark                             –  30 years



Tortoise                       – 152 years

Turtle                           – 123 years

Alligator                       –  63 years

Crocodile                     –  45 years

Cobra                           – 28 years



Swan                           – 102 years

Eagle                           –  55 years

Vulture                        –  39 years


It appears from the list above that vegetarian animals generally have a longer lifespan compared with carnivorous animals of the same size and species. Some of the animals on the list may not be strict vegetarians and are actually omnivores. We humans are also omnivores, but I have a feeling that at the rate the modern-day human devours meat, we may just be eating more meat than the lions and tigers!

Animals eat only when hungry. And when one wonders why obesity, heart diseases, high cholesterol, diabetes and cancer are on the rise! Humans eat for pleasure.

Eat to live, or live to eat?

The choice is ours.

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“16 Things It Took Me Over 50 Years to Learn”

Received via E-mail. “16 Things it took me over 50 years to learn” – By: Dave Barry, Nationally Syndicated Columnist.

Funny enough, but did Dave really write that list floating around the internet?


1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative the same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”

3. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want  you to share yours with them.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. (This one is very important.)

7. Never lick a steak knife.

8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.

12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

14. Your friends love you anyway.

15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine. They start out as grapes; and it’s up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with. Forward to all of your friends.

Apparently, Dave wrote something like it. But it has been changed during its travels around the world in email. “25 Things” and has since been pared down to “16 Things” and some of which were not part of the original, and some of which have been modified. The original list is called “25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years” and can be found in the book Dave Barry Turns 50.

List No.1, No.7, No.15, and No.16 above were not part of the “25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years”. And on list No. 8, Dave described gossip as being the “most powerful” (not the “most destructive”) force in the universe.

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“The Giant Head have Bodies?”

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The “giant head” moai statues on Easter Island have bodies!

This is absolutely incredible. Apparently, the 887 monolithic human figures carved from rock on Easter Island – known as moai, are familiar to many people through iconic images to be either just heads or a combination of heads and shoulders only. And that the heads on the statues are disproportionately large in comparison to their bodies and the circumstance that the bottoms of some of the statues are set deep into the ground.

Although many viewers are surprised to learn the moai actually do have bodies, that information is not a recent discovery. Many of the moai are situated fully above ground and are therefore displayed in their entirety, and some of them even sport arms and red hats.


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“Comments made in 1955”



Circulated via e-mail, Comments from 1955. For modern readers, the lists can exemplify a variety of purposes – express a nostalgic belief that the world was a better place in some previous golden era, and they can also provide the reassurance that people have always struggled with the very same kinds of problems that distress us today, or validate the idea that progress has considerably improved life for the average person.


Whatever the motivation behind the creation of the list, it is clearly someone’s modern day imagining of the types of things people might have said fifty-eight years ago rather than genuine comments preserved from that era. Perhaps, put together by someone who was not himself around back in 1955.


List of comments made in  1955:

1) “I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be  impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.”


2) “Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2000 will only buy a used one.”


3) “If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.”


4) “Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?”


The first-class postage cost 3¢ per ounce since 1932 and the rate was not raised until 1958, and even then it went up only one cent, to 4¢ per ounce. It was not until 1974, nearly two decades after 1955, that the cost of first-class postage was raised to 10¢ per ounce.


5) “If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.”


6) “When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.”


Even as far back as 1929 the average price of gasoline was 21¢ per gallon; it would hardly have been shocking to an adult living in 1955 that the price of gas had crept upwards by a mere 6¢ per gallon over the course of three decades.


7) “Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.”


8) “I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying ‘damn’ in ‘Gone With The Wind,’ it seems every new movie has either ‘hell’ or ‘damn’ in it.”


9) “I read the other day where some scientists think it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Florida.”


The science talk that year was about President Eisenhower’s announcement of a program intended to put the first artificial satellite into space within two years. There was no news about the U.S. training astronauts that early on; the men who would be selected to take part in America’s first manned space flight effort, Project Mercury, didn’t begin training until 1959.


10) “Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President.”


The notion was hardly surprising news in 1955. Babe Ruth earned more ($80,000) in 1930 and 1931 than President Herbert Hoover did ($75,000), Joe DiMaggio received the same salary in 1949 ($100,000) as President Truman, and Ted Williams topped them all with a $125,000 contract in 1950.


11) “I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.”


Electric typewriters were marketed at the early 1930s. Although manual typewriters were still predominant in the mid-1950s but, electric models were not uncommon.


12) “It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.”


13) “It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.”


14) “Marriage doesn’t mean a thing any more; those stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.”


15) “I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.”


16) “Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.”


In 1955, income tax rates for the average U.S. wage earner were actually going down, not up, as part of a long downward trend. The bottom tax bracket for federal income tax in 1955 was 20%, the lowest that rate had been since 1943, and that rate would continue to drop throughout the next few decades – falling to 11% by 1983.


17) “The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.”


The drive-in restaurant concept originated well before World War II and reached its peak of popularity in the mid-1950s.


18) “No one can afford to be sick any more; $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.”


19) “If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it.”

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