SHKP Book Club reading seminar on introspective book for mind exploration and self-enhancement

09 Jul 2005


Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) is promoting reading in Hong Kong with the SHKP Book Club; recommending good books and holding book review competitions. It also holds seminars related to the books recommended. The first seminars were one on Dunhuang culture and happiness and another on retrospection, stress management and how to look at tragedies in a way that makes them easier to accept.

One seminar held in July in conjunction with Joint Publishing and the Dharmasthiti Cultural Centre had Centre Chief Dennis Chan using the book 7 Inspiring Games to illustrate retrospection and ways of staying happy in a stressful city.

Dr Chan opened the 'Growth and Soul-searching' seminar by asking attendants to follow him in a deep-breathing exercise. Something as basic as breathing can have a philosophical aspect. Dr Chan said: "Everyone is born with the ability to breathe, but where does this ability come from? It's a kind of gift from God; rich or poor, we all know how to breathe, and an important message underlines this simple action: it is a gift from God."

Another way to stay happy, according to Dr Chan, is to come to terms with destiny. We are bound to have some complaints he says: "For example, you dislike your boss, and you opt to be transferred to another section trying to avoid him, but then the next day he also gets transferred to the same section. It looks like ill-fated destiny, but you can resolve it easily - just don't think of your boss as an enemy." Dr Chan said that life is all about destiny. The best way to stay happy and calm is to face this reality and accept what comes.

Tragedy is part of life, and often produces feelings of sadness or anger. But Dr Chan says that people should not focus too much on the negative. He said looking at bad things from another perspective can be reassuring. "Facing adversity can make you more resilient, giving power to your life. It isn't necessarily a bad thing to have tragedy in life. What is important is how we come to terms with it. If you can face it positively, you will be able to 'appreciate' the good thing about tragedy."

Dr Chan summed up by saying: "How long you live is not important; it is how 'deep' you live that counts. Feeling gratitude and living every day to make your self better, treasuring what is available and setting goals for yourself, will make life worthwhile. Living positively is the key to happiness."

Another SHKP initiative - 'Live Life with Passion' show

The 'Live Life with Passion' show is another initiative by the SHKP Book Club scheduled for July 23. Various artists and writers will take part and talk about their reading experience. They include a student who once failed all his HKCEE exams but still became a writer, an eight-year-old writer who is blind and others who have changed their lives by writing. SHKP will also hold a major book fair and other reading promotions in early August, to encourage people to read more and become more competitive.
SHKP Book Club reading seminar on introspective book for mind exploration and self-enhancement

09 Jul 2005









Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) is promoting reading in Hong Kong with the SHKP Book Club; recommending good books and holding book review competitions. It also holds seminars related to the books recommended. The first seminars were one on Dunhuang culture and happiness and another on retrospection, stress management and how to look at tragedies in a way that makes them easier to accept.

One seminar held in July in conjunction with Joint Publishing and the Dharmasthiti Cultural Centre had Centre Chief Dennis Chan using the book 7 Inspiring Games to illustrate retrospection and ways of staying happy in a stressful city.

Dr Chan opened the 'Growth and Soul-searching' seminar by asking attendants to follow him in a deep-breathing exercise. Something as basic as breathing can have a philosophical aspect. Dr Chan said: "Everyone is born with the ability to breathe, but where does this ability come from? It's a kind of gift from God; rich or poor, we all know how to breathe, and an important message underlines this simple action: it is a gift from God."

Another way to stay happy, according to Dr Chan, is to come to terms with destiny. We are bound to have some complaints he says: "For example, you dislike your boss, and you opt to be transferred to another section trying to avoid him, but then the next day he also gets transferred to the same section. It looks like ill-fated destiny, but you can resolve it easily - just don't think of your boss as an enemy." Dr Chan said that life is all about destiny. The best way to stay happy and calm is to face this reality and accept what comes.

Tragedy is part of life, and often produces feelings of sadness or anger. But Dr Chan says that people should not focus too much on the negative. He said looking at bad things from another perspective can be reassuring. "Facing adversity can make you more resilient, giving power to your life. It isn't necessarily a bad thing to have tragedy in life. What is important is how we come to terms with it. If you can face it positively, you will be able to 'appreciate' the good thing about tragedy."

Dr Chan summed up by saying: "How long you live is not important; it is how 'deep' you live that counts. Feeling gratitude and living every day to make your self better, treasuring what is available and setting goals for yourself, will make life worthwhile. Living positively is the key to happiness."

Another SHKP initiative - 'Live Life with Passion' show

The 'Live Life with Passion' show is another initiative by the SHKP Book Club scheduled for July 23. Various artists and writers will take part and talk about their reading experience. They include a student who once failed all his HKCEE exams but still became a writer, an eight-year-old writer who is blind and others who have changed their lives by writing. SHKP will also hold a major book fair and other reading promotions in early August, to encourage people to read more and become more competitive.