Philosophy of Religion Essay

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Susan Murphy January 29, 2014 PHIL 2010 Sec. 204 Philosophy of Religion Field Experience I met with Mr. Andy Solis initially through a mindfulness meeting on January 2014 at I was then able to interview Mr. Solis through a telephone conversation on January 29, 2014. Mr. Solis is an elder ordained member of the order of Interbeing. He has practiced Mindfulness through Thich Nhat Hanh, a (Plum Village)Zen Master and is elder member at Plum for 15 years. The experience of speaking with Mr. Solis and attending mindfulness meditations has been life changing for me and has gone way beyond a grade for a college course. I am very happy I chose the field experience over the other chooses. In the interview we discussed the problems of pain and a suffering, the Buddhism understanding of god and is there evidence of god in their view point. If god is infinitely good and powerful why do humans suffer? What is important to know and understand about the philosophy of Buddhism, and for this discussion the the practice of Mindfulness? In our conversation Mr. Solis initially gave me a very brief description of his journey and a brief education of what Buddhism is and the teachings with in this self-described pragmatic religion. There are no metaphysical speculations# about first causes, there is no theology or deity worship. Everything that he (Buddha) taught was based on his own observation of the way things are. Everything can be verified by our own observation of the way things are. Mr. Solis described the, “Three Marks of Existence”; pain, impermanence and loss of ego. He continued with the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold path, “that he was one of the greatest rationalists of all times, resembling in this respect no one as much as Socrates”. (Smith p.88) In questioning the problem of pain and suffering we can see that we are not

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