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Week 2

2 Amanda Greaves   I spent the weekend in Texas- but nothing came to me this week.               This week gave the class a taste of some Japanese culture. The theme that I sense … Continue reading

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2 Maman Philippe

  This week I was driving down Curtis St. –   Gearshift in neutral Inertia-controlled Silence.     In As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams, translated by Ivan Morris, the theme of youth seems to be representative of being out … Continue reading

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2 Chang Eugenia

Walking on the beach Saturday night in Cape Cod The tide can’t reach A stone on the shore— Smooth, half-buried. Dry and withered like these winter reeds have we become While waiting for you here. No longer shall we crave … 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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3 Le Hoang Yen

I was stepping on deep snow that covered President’s Lawn on Snow Day.   Snowy hills, Crunching sound from each step; Sinking to my knee. This week’s lecture and readings focused on developing and expanding the three Buddhist notions introduced … Continue reading

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2 Le Hoang Yen

I saw the sun shining brightly when I was walking downhill from Olin. Sunrays shine Straight into my eyes – I feel warm. As a believer in Buddhism myself, I found this week’s discussion and readings quite relevant and helpful … Continue reading

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2 Zhang Jiabin

I was on my way to Olin and heard the sound of birds on a tree besides Metcalf Hall. Birds chirping– A tree without leaves In the freezing gale If the world is ever changing, then how should we deal with it? The women writers of Heian period chose to dream, reflecting a shift from utsusemi to hakanasa which means the evanescence of the human world. Since the reality and dream share impermanence, for these female writers, they became complementary to each other. For some, like Lady Sarashina, dreams even became the substitute for reality. She “lived forever in a dream world” and she was so obsessed with romantic tales that her only hope was that a handsome man would visit her once a year (Sarashina, 71-2). However, as her life progressed, she changed her view on dreams. After realizing the futility of dreams, she regretted her obsession with dreams and fantasies when she was young and devoted herself to religion (Sarashina, 119). From a Buddhist perspective, given that the world we live in is an illusion, how can dreams possibly be anything close to truth? According to Nagarjuna, in order to obtain truth, one must be kept away from impermanent and deceiving external things (Tsunoda, de Bary and Keene, 94).

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2 Luna-Smith Wesley

I was sitting in my kitchen feeling upset about the cold weather when I found solace in an unlikely place. —————— A group of cacti, Sheltered in my home. My green escape from winter.   While reading Lady Sarashina’s writings, … Continue reading

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2 Hall Mario

  Stillness— Walking on Unbroken Ice   Our readings and lectures this week concerned Buddhism and its three main tenets of Anitya, Dukha, and Anatman, or constant change, the suffering of life, and the lack of a self, respectively (Lecture … Continue reading

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