Film Response - Leaving the world is not literal; it is not...

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Amongst White Clouds: Response I am a Buddha. Rather, we are all Buddhas. Yes—“we” is a much better word to describe it. It alludes to the interconnectedness of all things. We, indeed, are all sleeping Buddhas. And, as one of the hermits featured in the film points out, if the point of life is to become a Buddha, we should strive for an awakening. We should strive for enlightenment. We should strive for liberation. Yet how should we accomplish this enlightenment, this liberation? Should we move from struggle to joy? From city to nature? Absolutely not. Struggle and joy are the same. City and nature are the same. As one hermit said, “nature is delusion; delusion is nature.” After all, we’ll have to let go of it all when we die; we’ll have to let go of the entire world. Rather, we must strive for something entirely different. We must, as the film’s narrator states, seek “calm and clarity in the face of change and uncertainty.” We must leave the world. Leaving the world is a means to returning to it!
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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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