Monthly Archives: February 2014

4 Levy Noah

4 Levy Noah

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4 Brooks Nicole

This Wednesday I was looking outside the classroom window at Dowling Hall during a heavy snowstorm. Through the glass Swirling snowflakes Gather on Jumbo’s head In class this week we explored the concept of Nothingness, and it’s importance in the … Continue reading

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4 Le Hoang Yen

The strong wind and snowfall hitting my face made it harder for me to walk downhill. The wind blew stronger, The snow grew heavier On a lonely walkway. For this week’s lecture, I found myself captivated by Japan’s immense value … Continue reading

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1 Le Hoang Yen

Walking back from Eaton Hall, I saw myriads of snow crystals along the pathway. The streetlights Sparkle the snow, Against the cold wind. After being introduced to the foundation of evanescence vs. form that Japanese culture has always been based … Continue reading

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3 Lele Ameya

On my porch, I noticed an icicle hanging from the ledge at various times in the day. Icicles Melting in the sun – Disappearing This week’s reading again focused on impermanence. In both stories, the narrators witness swaths of destruction … Continue reading

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2 Lele Ameya

No moment this week. “The law of men must be universal but not final, always subject to change, with peace as its ultimate end.” (Nara, 96). This definition of Dharma really struck me as yet another way to describe the … Continue reading

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1 Lele Ameya

While seated at the gate for my flight, I observed a group of little children nearby. Brothers and sisters Prance and stumble Laughing The first thing that was stressed in these first lectures is the underlying tension that lies between … Continue reading

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4 Tarantino Evan

Walking to class after a haircut, and feeling the wind on the freshly trimmed sides of my head. Walking The winter wind On pale skin Thomas Merton’s opening note immediately resonated with what I took away from the lecture last … Continue reading

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4 – Returning

On Friday morning I made breakfast and ate it alone at my dining room table. Merton writes, “It is usually thought in the West that a Buddhist simply turns away from the world and other people as ‘unreal’ and cultivates … Continue reading

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