Evening was advancing toward the island; the sounds of the bright fantastic birds, the bee-sounds, even the crying of the gulls that were returning to their roosts among the square rocks were fainter,” (57). These moments of meditation for Simon helped clear his mind and to refresh from the stress of the savage boys and being stuck on the island. According to (“8 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life”), benefits of meditation include improving concentration, increasing self – awareness, and also increases acceptance towards people. Simon demonstrated his concentration skills by getting the work such as building huts done and he was focused on his duty helping others. Self – awareness helped Simon realize that maybe the beast was in each one of the boys.
He took different paths with the Samanas together with his friend Govinda and learned the way of meditation which the world is not a mere illusion but an appearance of reality. With the Samanas, Siddharta practiced fasting and endure sufferings. They examined their progress to achieve enlightenment but Siddharta didn’t satisfy with Samana’s teachings and shift the cosmos to learn from the other master who is Gotama which is known for his “enlightened one.” Siddharta heard many rumors about Gotama that he might seek enlightenment to him but Siddharta noticed Gotama’s teachings which explained that the only way to achieve enlightenment was to hear lessons from his teachings which made Siddharta erupted to the other path
The believers only gathered and gave incense before the picture of Amitabha. (Andrews 1993, 21) Huiyuan was not only the founder but he facilitated the further spread of Pure Land. For instance he formed the White Lotus Society and this inspired the spread of Pure Land teachings to other countries in East Asia. Also, this facilitated the introduction of Sutra on the Samadhi of Seeing All Buddhas, to East Asia. Besides, Huiyuan formed the foundation of Pure Land practice, which was to fully devote in meditation for a long time, with traditional Pure Land teaching in mind.
Reading Summary – A Buddhism Experience For my Reading Summary assignment, I chose an article from our Week Six readings, “Buddhism; An Introduction,” featured on PBS Online. It is believed that the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, who ultimately created a kind and introspective religion, came from an unlikely family who enjoyed an extravagant lifestyle and whose father was an Indian warrior-king. Guatama lived from approximately 566 to 480 B.C. He sought to understand the true meaning of the world that he lived in only after becoming uninterested with the indulgences of his majestic existence. He set out on a journey, sans the accouterments of his imperial life, and through his experiences of “encountering an old man, an ill man,
In A Biography of the Tripitaka Master, writer Huili depicts Xuanzang’s emotional encounter as he worshipped the Bodhi tree and the image of the Buddha attaining enlightenment. As Huili writes, “After having looked at the image with deep sincerity, he prostrated himself before it and deplored adly, saying with self-reproach, ‘I do not know where I was born in the course of transmigration at the time when the Buddha attained enlightenment. [...] It makes me think that my karmic hindrances must have been very heavy!’” These lines vividly portray the intense emotional and religious experience Xuanzang narrated during his time in India. His visit to the Bodhi tree made a deep impression on him, provoking his own self-questioning and awareness as to where he was in the process of his own life and where he stood within the Buddhist belief system. Evidently, this experience had a profound impact on him, and fueled his desire to reconcile and gain deeper insight and understanding on parts of the faith that were unclear or unknown to him.
The book “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese features an Indigenous man named Saul. The book begins as Saul, now 30 years old, recounts the difficulties he had to endure growing up as an Indigenous boy. Saul’s family is in constant fear that he will be abducted by European Canadians, as two of his siblings were. One of his siblings, Benjamin, escapes and finds his way back to Saul’s family. In efforts to escape his captors, Saul’s whole family travel to a place called God’s lake where they harvest rice until Benjamin’s health becomes very poor and he dies.
- Gary Ryan Blair Self-Discipline Practice I recently wrote an article on how to acquire self-discipline. A kind reader sent me a comment, "What is the point in all that writing about self-discipline, have you any experience to back up all that you write? Do you practice what you preach? I take all reader's comments as providential feedback - directed to help me in making improvements in my life and my activities. This article is about sharing my self-discipline experiences and how they made me make a quantum jump in all areas of my life.
The world knows him as an inspiring Hindu monk, his motherland regards him as the patriot saint of modern India, and Hindus consider him as a source of spiritual power, mental energy, strength-giving and open-mindedness. An avid scholar of Western and Hindu philosophy and ever thirsty for the mystery of Creation and the law of Nature, Vivekananda found his guru in Sri Ramkrishna Paramhamsa. He toured across India to know his country and people, and found his spiritual alma mater at the Kanyakumari rock in Cape Comorin at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. The Vivekananda memorial is now a landmark for tourists and pilgrims, and a tribute to him by his countrymen. "Art, science, and religion", Vivekananda said once, "are but three different ways of expressing a single truth.
However, she knew it was only wishful thinking as her family was so poor that they could not even afford a sweet, what more a lollipop. From birth, Janet had never experience a life where money was never the constant worries of her parents. Indeed, life had not been a bed of roses for them. When Janet was ten years old, her father was retrenched from his low-paying job as the security guard of a factory which was the only source of income for the family. Losing his job at the age of fifty-four was a big blow to Janet’s father.