Ying-Tung (Fendi) Chen
I looked outside the window when I was taking a break from studying in my room.
Past the window
Past the trees
We talked about Buddhism and it’s influence on Japanese people during this week’s lectures. As I can recognize some of the religious lessons they want to convey, I personally cannot appreciate the attitude behind some of the Buddhist teachings. Anyone who has studied Chinese history should know the essence of ”great success leads to great failure”(Inouye, 45). Everything is so unpredictable in this brief, fragile life; no one can be the winner forever, neither can someone be a loser forever. I agree that by ”sensing out vulnerability, even in times of success, might save us from arrogance and hubris,” (50) because only by carefully examining outselves can we decrease the chance of suffering. However, the urge to abandon the world sounds passiveand even irresponsible to me. I understand how sometimes life can become a burden that living seems meaningless; yet, I consider those moments as a crucial point when a person can deeply and profoundly feel her presence, her existence in this world. It is true that life is suffering, and the ability to hold on and endure through the harship requires so much strength mentally and physically. Yet, if success follows after failure, the feeling of victory must taste better than alieniating oneself in some secluded mountains.