On wednesday, September 24, for the last 3 periods, we went to the auditorium. There, there was a buddhist priest, who was a graduate of YIS. There, we learned about buddhism and we learned about lots of things.
We talked about a lot of things, and also, we shared how we thought and how buddhism people thought. For example, he asked us, “What does life mean to you?” Since we were in groups, we discussed about in our groups about what we thought, then one person in each group announced what we thought about life. At the end the priest told us how buddhist people are taught.
After that, we tried meditating on the chair we were sitting on. We put our left hand on top of our right hand, palms up, and put our thumbs together. We were told to leave our eyes half open, and looking around our knees. We sat there for about 5 minutes. At the beginning, there was a bell signalising that the meditation begins now, and another at the end.
We also copied the sutra, which is a writing in Chinese, that buddhist people copy sometimes for peace, or for a prayer. We had a copy on the bottom, so we copied that with a tracing paper.
I learned a lot about buddhism that day, for example, the fact that there are lots of ways to meditate, and some buddhist people copy the sutra when they want peace. I enjoyed copying the sutra because I liked making the ink, and I also liked tracing the sutra because it was fun. I think buddhism has effect on our lives because in buddhist countries, they celebrate buddhist festivals, so even if you’re not buddhist, you have holidays that day, or you can also celebrate it.