Being a Buddhist

1337 Words Jul 10th, 2018 6 Pages
Rui Gong
RELB 2100
Buddhism
Being a Buddhist “The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926- )
Born and raised in China, it seems very common for me to become a Buddhist. Growing up seeing all the majestic Buddhism temples, august figure of Buddha and merciful Bodhisattvas, it seems that Buddhism is an integral part of me. In my mind, Buddhism is like a pure lotus growing out of the feculent muddy water; without being contaminated at all, it keeps delivering its pleasant, inspiring, compassionate fragrance to the whole world, making the world better and clearer, just like a Bodhisattva. Although people may not become the monks
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However, some people argue over the idea of “having no passion left in life”, believing that in this way, we are treating our lives negatively. But they are misunderstanding it. “Having no passion” does not mean giving up the life; in fact, it means that we are not eager to get the good results, and we are not result-oriented anymore. But still, we keep a decent attitude towards life. In this way, we no longer feel sorry or angry when we do not succeed, because we never long for it and we are ready to embrace any consequent; we neither feel happy or the unhappy sense of loss when we achieve something, because we never think of gaining. This is the most important lesson I learned from Buddhism, which has been bringing me power and tranquility that I have never felt before.
Third, “everything is emptiness” (Khyentse 55). When we analyze ourselves and the world, we may find out that everything is interdependent thus totally impermanent, and we do not have any control of anything, even ourselves; the “form”, “time”, and “space” can easily be dismantled, thus they equal to emptiness (Khyentse 57). Looking around, everything we see now will be different in the next instant; even though the appearance does not change, the inside nature changes, which no one has any control of. Of course we can see and touch things that physically exist, but they do not exist inherently, and that is what we call “emptiness”.

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