Normality And Cultural Norms

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Cultural normalities influence people’s everyday lives, even in smallest ways. The sheer presence of a norm proceeds to have the ability to shift people's thoughts and actions both in public and within their own households. In TIbet, religion and tensions with China help to formulate behavior and patriotism within the population that considers themselves “Tibetan”. Both patriotism and religion arise in a range of texts including books, poems, articles, and journals. Heinrich Harrer (1997) perfectly utilizes cultural norms in his autobiographical book Seven Years in Tibet to describe his experiences with the locals, including the Dalai Lama during 1944 and 1951. The interval of time in which Harrer visits was during the Second World War, the period before the Communist Chinese People's Liberation Army invaded Tibet. Throughout the novel culture norms are discovered, and better understood to later feelings and actions around the Tibetan people. One important component of Tibetan culture is their religion, which is mainly a branch of Buddhism, known as Tibetan Buddhism. Buddhism is a very interesting culture rich in traditions and faith. It has acquired many deep philosophies and teachings, mostly from the highly enlightened monks of Tibetan Buddhism. In Buddhism the purpose of meditation is to help alleviate stress and freeze the mind from thinking in an aimless manner, instead allowing the mind to relax into a calm and open train of thought. As Harrer writes “I have
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