by Shawn Power

This past weekend I was in the locker room in between periods with my hockey team when I looked around at my teammates.

Sweat dripping

Labored breathing

One period to play


This past week we began to talk about Buddhism in Japanese culture.  The main Buddhist notion that we spoke about were anita, duhkha, and anatman (lecture).  The concept of anita was easy to understand because we had already talked quite a bit about how the Japanese believe that life is always changing.  The concepts of duhkha and anatman, however, were somewhat more difficult to understand.  The line in “Evanescence and Form” that clarified it for me was, “We suffer because we desire the impossible and unobtainable” (page 31).  I guess I understand it now as life is suffering because we are always trying to obtain more and are unable to be sated.  The notion of anatman was somewhat confusing for me as well.  I began to understand it when I looked at it in relation to anita.  Thinking of how the world is always changing, which means we are always changing, makes the concept of there being no “self” easier to understand.  This past week we also read “As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams”.  The thing that stuck out the most for me was how the story was told in a very similar style to how we write our blog poetry.  The story essentially set up the details, in depth, of the poem that followed.  It was also interesting how they sent poems back and forth to each other as a way to communicate.


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One Response to Buddhism

  1. Avatar of Michael  Chu Michael Chu says:

    I like the poem! I can visualize the tension and exhaustion of your moment. I also agree with you that the concept of duhkha was somewhat hard to understand at first.

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