I went to the meeting of the Diamond Way Buddhist UW-Madison chapter on Nov 4th. The whole event is really interesting. People getting together meditating about meaning of life. I was really tired so I nearly fell asleep during the process. New people are welcomed to get participated in the event. As for me, I think it’s a brand new way of understanding the value of religions.
As you all know, Buddhism is a religion originated from China. There are different kinds of Buddhism in the world due to some historical background. However, here at Madison, people tend to focus more on one side of Buddhist—making a person peace through different ways.
I’ve seen people getting more peaceful during the meditating process based on their facial expressions. They are all willing to do something like this because they want to find the most efficient way to find the peace inside their heart. As far as I am concerned, the most effective way of finding peace inside is staying with the people you love and the people who love you. Surrounded by those people, you will find the peace and happiness within. We actually don’t need to meditate in order to find happiness.
In China, actually more people believe that the source of happiness only comes within one’s gratitude and inner peace. And basically all the peace and happiness are only can be found by those who don’t have any desire and aims. Buddhism encourages people to have no desire, which is absurd for me because people need motivation to set up goals, which can promote the evolution of the society and the world. If everyone wants nothing, the whole world would be totally a mess. People would cut off from the world and live in the inner world, which according to their thoughts is the meaning of peace.
I’m not saying the Buddhism is useless. It encourages people to be kind to one and another because everything in the world is related, so people can be easily effected by their own behaviors. If you are kind to others, others would send back their kindness to you as well. The reason is pretty obvious.
That’s just my personal thoughts, and I definitely suggest others coming for the next meeting if they are interested.
Frank Zhu (Pengfei)