Buddhism Essay

1417 WordsMay 12, 20136 Pages
Buddhism “I am awake.” This was Buddha’s answer whenever he was asked what he was. It was like he was saying. “I get it!” “I see the point.” Life wasn’t about chasing happiness, and when temporary vanities guised as such entered, it was clung to like a life-giver that fulfilled anything but that which we truly desired – to be awakened. In the meantime, while we still have our selfish desires, and a fierce attachment to these desires, realized or not, we are going to continue in our suffering which we have become so accustomed to that it is not our life. However, there is hope. We can leave this suffering behind by going through the eightfold path. These paths curtail what it is we think we want into making them more aright for the betterment of other people without expecting anything in return. Last year, while attending California Baptist University, I made a friend who got very close to me. Let me preface this story by telling that during school months, I am a ghost to friends. I eat, sleep, and study. I study all the time, which leaves very little room for texting, tweeting, visiting, and such likes. If someone sends me a text, they are lucky if I receive it within the hour, luckier still if I respond immediately. If I see you all the time, I am not texting you all day long. I digress. This friend and I were getting quite close, and one morning she got into a car accident. I visited as soon as I could, took her meals, and would visit with her sometimes. She would ask severally for me stay with her and help her with certain things; a request I often declined. My father teaches at this university, and so when he was done, he was my ride home. If I didn’t get in the car, I would not be able to go home. If I stay on campus, I would not get any work done because studying with friends is not studying. Mind you, this friend was married with two sons, and I have

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