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Krupetskiy 1 Tatsiana Krupetskiy Professor Avery RC 220-A Due Date: 06/22/2009 Buddhism One famous Buddhist saying reads, “We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all” (qtd. in “Buddhist Quotes”). In my opinion, this proverb describes perfectly the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and its way of looking at the world. Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, concentrated on the present moment. He didn’t dwell on the past, nor dreamt of the future. His teachings were very practical. In the book Experiencing the World’s Religions: Tradition, Challenge, and Change Michael Molloy indicates that reality can be described by the three main characteristics: constant change, a lack of permanent identity, and the existence of suffering. The first feature is constant change. We may not notice change in our everyday life. We seem to be the same: living in the same neighborhood, driving the same car, going to work every day, or doing our household chores. However, Buddhists, as described by Michael Molloy, see life as it really is – constantly changing. They are aware of impermanence of life, known as anichcha. As I was reading about this concept, it made me think about my life. When I came to this country, I was nineteen years old. A lot has changed since then. I am not a naive and scared girl as I’ve been seven years ago. I have a family of my own now: a husband and a beautiful baby girl. When I went to visit my family in Belarus two years ago, the concept of constant
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2009 for the course RC 220 taught by Professor Avery during the Spring '09 term at Regis University.

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