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Unformatted text preview: Leaving the world is not literal; it is not a physical description. Wherever you go, there you are, is one of my favorite expressions. Yes, the physical is important, but an inner change must come first. Know thyself! Even the last hermit featured in the filma man who has almost reached enlightenmenthas nothing to say to the interviewer. He hasnt saved himself, the man points out, so how could he possible save others? But none of this can be properly explained in words. You can read all of the scriptures, and it wont help you, said one hermit. Just as important are the people one encounters along the journey, a point Amongst White Clouds emphasizes. Through experiencing Buddhist Monks in practice I learned an entirely different aspect of Buddhism that I never could have learned in a classroom setting. It is the people, after allthe people who commit their lives to the difficult journey of enlightenmentthat keep Buddhism alive....
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- Spring '08