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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Soulful Peace

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Loud drilling sounds.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the unit above is doing renovation work.

  6. Noise pollution continues.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So disturbing and stressful. When will it stop?

  8. Noise pollution continues.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Come on!

  10. Drilling sounds dying.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is it stopping? At least for now.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's real comfort in a quiet environment.

  14. Act 2




  18. Electric cutter noise. Peter walks past a gardener and enters the temple area.

  19. PETER (V.O.): The farther away from the noise, the better I feel.

  20. Having captured a photo of the temple environment, Peter checks the image.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Without the noise, it looks so tranquil and full of colours.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I am not fond of religious institutions. But I became a Buddhist when I was about 10.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was studying in a Buddhist primarily school. When asked to become a Buddhist, I had thought about whether I should be drawn towards the faith.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thought Buddhism was compassionate and wasn't meant to do harm to anyone. Then, I believed in reincarnation.

  28. Recalling.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I even had a Buddhist name called: 釋靜輝, meaning Siddharta-Quiet-Glory.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While the religious surname is standard, they changed my middle name to Quiet, which I didn't like.

  32. Thinking.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I assumed loud was strong and quiet was weak.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But now, I've thought more about the wisdom of being quiet.

  36. Peter surfs the web.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Buddha says: Whatever isn't full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.

  38. Thinking.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have I become full now?

  40. Thinking.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I'm not just making noises. I'm a system actor and have roles to play - as a lawyer in court or as a council member in university governance.

  42. Thinking.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I contribute my part to make institutional developments better.

  44. Thinking.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But it seems that there is no way humanity can have perfect order and harmony.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Humans aren't robots. They like to choose their lifestyles. They're what they're and no one can live lives for them.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But have I been doing my best to cope and survive, not knowing that I've been starving my soul?

  50. Drilling sounds resume.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh my Buddha!

  52. Reflecting.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No, it's a training for me that I should get used to being in a state with less disturbing emotions.

  54. Act 3

  55. INT. PARK - DAY

  56. Peter is running and sweating.

  57. PETER (V.O.): Mind sharpness and positive spirit aside, I must keep my body reasonably healthy.


  59. Thinking.

  60. PETER (V.O.): I must try to achieve inner peace.

  61. Pausing.

  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe it's like the temple photo that I captured - with only the sounds of silence.

  63. Pausing.

  64. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To quiet my mind, I shouldn't be disturbed and feel stressful about earthly issues. Only I can nourish my soul better.

  65. Peter looks enlightened.

  66. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I'm enough. Let me endeavour to have more soulful peace.

  67. FADE OUT.

  68. THE END

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