hated the caste system because he felt that people should have a way out of the caste system they were born in. The turning point of Siddhartha’s life is when he stepped outside the palace and saw the dead man. When he saw this, he knew there was something else bigger than life in the palace, and he wanted to help people outside that dealt with suffering. Some of the teachings from Buddhism has and will affect my life today. Some of the concepts that I have learned from Buddhism, is something that I will put into my daily regime,
and I will always have something to think about so I can live a better life. For example, the four noble truths. The four noble truths is something that I will try to follow so I can take suffering out of my life The Buddha makes it extremely simple on how to get rid of suffering and the four noble truths is very helpful. Another concept I will live by is to just always have a positive mindset. I really believe that thinking positive will give you positive results in life. Thinking positive and having a clear mind is something that I can practice when playing baseball. Baseball is 90% mental and 10% physical and having confidence when you’re playing is crucial. Playing with confidence separates the great players from the good players and thinking positive will give me an advantage when I’m in the batter’s box against the pitcher. Having a clear mind will also benefit me when I am on the baseball field. Baseball games are very slow, long, and you always have time to overthink. Overthinking and thinking negative will cause you to be a bad player. For example, if I’m hitting and I’m in the batter’s box and saying to myself, “I hope I get a hit, or I hope I don’t strike out”, most likely, I’m going to strike out. Just by thinking positive and changing that sentence to “I’m going to get a hit or, I’m not going to strike out”, decreases my chances of messing up because I’m thinking positively and I’m confident and believe in myself. Having inner peace, thinking positive, having the right mindset, right livelihood, etc, is all things I will have affect my life. I believe that the eightfold path is something that a lot of people should follow because it seems like it makes you a better person. Compulsive desire is also something that I wouldn’t let affect my life. Cravings are very bad for suffering and this is something that I would not let take control over me. The Buddha has taught me to not just eat, do, something that I do not have to do. It has taught me to have needs over wants and always put priorities first.
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- Fall '19
- Buddhism, Noble Eightfold Path, Gautama Buddha, Dukkha, Eightfold Path