Shoveling Snow with Buddha analysis

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The True Religion Since the beginning of time, humans have relied on the teachings of different religions in order to explain their existence and to give them a purpose for living. People today, however, have an understanding of religion that is superficial because they rarely find complete satisfaction or definite purpose in the teachings of their faiths. Followers of these faiths think that religion can fix the problems in their lives without them having to try to fix the issues themselves. Humans seem to be lost without a solid spiritual understanding, and they resort to accumulating material items in order to find importance in their lives. Nonetheless, instead of focusing on material items, humans should interact in and with the “Natural World”. They need to enjoy their experiences but also not get too comfortable with nature and their lives because both are unpredictable. As Ralph Waldo Emerson asserts in his essay “Self-Reliance,” the “Natural World” is accommodating, but it also teaches mankind discipline by testing him against the forces of nature. Humans need to live in the moment and enjoy the spontaneous instances surrounding them both in nature and in relationships, because these are the components of a person’s life that truly makes them feel fulfilled and happy. In “Shoveling Snow with Buddha,” Billy Collins uses a seemingly ordinary, simple, yet risky task in order to demonstrate how one can find spirituality, purpose, and enjoyment in everyday moments. Although this poem involves the speaker connecting with a spiritual being, it does not take place in a church or a temple, but rather in a snowy driveway. Buddha is usually depicted as a peaceful figure with a “serene expression” (Collins 11), sitting cross-legged because “sitting is more his style” (Collins 7). However, in the poem “Shoveling Snow with Buddha”, Buddha is standing, bent, and is

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