During and did a lot of intensive research on

During my time in this class, I have learned
a lot. Not only about Buddhism, but about myself as well. I was originally
interested in taking this class, solely based on the fact that Buddhism had
always interested me and some of the concepts within the religion I applied to
my own life. This paper I would like to reflect, on why I took this class in
the first place, some of the things I found most important within the class,
and what they taught me about myself.

 I was always a huge believer in the chakras
and did a lot of intensive research on my own about the chakras way before I had
even thought about taking a Buddhism class. From my research on the chakras I
learned that chakras transmit and receive energy, which is translated into
psychic, emotional and physical energy, too much or too little can affect the
way you think, act and feel. At this point of my life, doing this research was
exactly what I needed because reading about chakras and the importance of
keeping them in balance, I felt as if maybe mine were not aligned due to some
troubles I had been experiencing in my life at the time.  I then thought it would be a good idea in the
place I was in life to go and see a psychic. This psychic told me that she felt
my heart chakra was very dominant to my life and how I live, but that she
sensed some blockage from past traumas, and in order for me to find harmony
within myself I needed to realign my chakras. Hearing this really sparked
something in my, I then started doing my own research on Zen, meditation and
other kinds of Buddhist practices that would help realign not only my chakras
but more or less put me in a better mind frame as a whole.

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All of these things changed my life in the most positive
ways. I started meditating and doing exercises that would help align my
chakras. This resulted in my interest of Buddhism and one of the main reasons
why I decided to take this class. At this point I knew I had just skimmed the
top of what was so much more to learn. I am a person that can admit their own faults,
and swallow my pride, and I knew that there was so much more that I needed to
learn, in order to correctly meditate, and free my mind in the healthiest
manner possible for my own well being. This is around the time I decided to
take a Buddhism class. Although, I knew that Buddhism had a lot of other parts
and things associated with it rather than just the things that interested me,
the entire idea of Buddhism really intrigued me and is something that I wanted
to learn more about.

This class wasn’t at all what I expected in the least amount,
and it truly opened my eyes to how much really goes into making Buddhism what
it is today, and how much history Buddhism has. There were things I expected to
learn about, but also a lot of things that I had no idea about until taking
this class. One of the main topics I’m going to speak on that really opened my
eyes to not only a whole new outlook on this class and Buddhism as a whole, but
also on my life and me as a person. That topic is the four noble truths.

The Four Noble Truths are what comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings,
even though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of
suffering, the truth of
the cause of suffering, the truth of
the end of suffering. In the first two Noble Truths it
is where Buddha realizes that there is a problem, and then determines in order
to fix that problem we must find the source of it. The third Noble Truth is the realization that there is a
solution to the problem at hand and the fourth Noble Truth, in which the Buddha set out the Eightfold
Path is the way to achieve a release from the problem, and reach a since or Nirvana.
The four Noble Truths don’t only focus on suffering in the physical sense, but
focuses on suffering as a mental process as well. In order to fix our mental
suffering, we must also determine what is causing us to feel in a negative way
and find ways to fix it in order to be our happiest selves. Buddhists now use
these four noble truths to engage in Buddha’s teachings and to end suffering
reaching the noble eightfold path. I took a lot from this because I think each
and every person can learn a lot from this. We as humans, in my opinion dwell
in so much suffering.

Suffering is the
first Noble Truth. Suffering
comes in many forms. According to an article by BBC, the Four Noble Truths, three obvious kinds of suffering correspond to the first three
sights the Buddha saw on his first journey outside his palace: old age,
sickness and death. I find myself very often feeling very unsatisfied with life
and sometimes even with myself. I find that more often than not, life fails my
expectations and I end up feeling disappointed and hurt by my own expectations
causing me to suffer when life doesn’t go the exact way I planned. Buddha sees
that there are some sufferings that are unavoidable but sees a lot of the other
times that we as humans create our own suffering where suffering does not need
to be. I do this constantly. I think mostly everyone does this. I see day after
day, especially in todays society, how much we as millennials and as a
generation put so much suffering upon ourselves and other people. It is something
I am well aware of, and something that upsets me on many different levels and
one of the things I think needs to be brought to more people’s attention and
realize what is causing this suffering. Even when we are not suffering from outward
causes like illness or bereavement, we are unfulfilled, unsatisfied. This is
the truth of suffering.

Which leads me to Noble
truth number two. The origin of suffering. According
to an article by BBC, the Four Noble
Truths, this comes in three forms, which the Buddha described as
the the three roots of evil. This three roots of evil include greed &
desire, ignorance of delusion and hatred and destructive urges. When you take
these things into consideration, the Buddha expresses that when you figure out
what your suffering is, it is easier to end it. Finding out what is causing you
to suffering is extremely important in putting an end to it all together. Now-a-days,
in todays generation as well, I find greed, ignorance and hatred all part of
the suffering that goes on daily in the world as we see it. Money makes people
greedy, and a lot of the time people think they are suffering because they are
short on money or feel that they need more money. I also see ignorance in
everyday. It is so hard to love one another like brother and sister when there
are people in this word who can not see past their own opinions, views and position
in life. We as people can not help those in need when they are suffering from
the sufferings that are unavoidable, if we can not see past our selves. For a
lot of people although, it is hard to truly reach into yourself and admit your
faults and truly admit and surrender to where your suffering is coming from.

leads me to the third noble truth. Cessation of suffering. According to an
article by BBC, the Four Noble Truths,
the Buddha taught that the way to extinguish desire, which causes suffering, is
to liberate oneself from attachment. This is the third Noble Truth and that is
the possibility of liberation. To me, this one really stuck out to me
the most out of all the noble truths. Not only because I feel like this is the
turning point in freeing yourself from suffering, but something that I hope for
myself in the future I hope that one day I can let go of the cravings I have
for pleasure, greed, love, acceptance. I know freeing myself rom those things
will only make me a better person and someone who is more capable of helping
others, which is what I ultimately want to do with my life. While learning
about the cessation of suffering I realized that I attach myself to things
fairly quickly, and it causes me to have a lot of personal anxiety in my life. I
constantly put other people before me and allow myself to put aside my own
happiness in the place of others, and it causes a lot of want and desire for my
own happiness, which leads to resentment of those around me. I know, if I let
go of all these negative attributes I hold to because of the sense of comfort and
normality they offer me that I wo

The fourth and final
Noble Truth is the path to the cessation of suffering. According to an article by BBC, the Four Noble Truths, The final Noble Truth is
the Buddha’s prescription for the end of suffering. This is a set of principles
called the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is also called the Middle Way
which avoids both indulgence and severe asceticism, neither of which the Buddha
had found helpful in his search for enlightenment. The eight stages can be
grouped into Wisdom (right understanding and intention), Ethical Conduct (right
speech, action and livelihood) and Meditation (right effort, mindfulness and concentration).
The Buddha described the Eightfold Path as a means to enlightenment, like a
raft for crossing a river. Once one has reached the opposite shore, one no
longer needs the raft and can leave it behind. This is a part of life I think
everyone wishes they could get to. We as humans are so stuck in our own
suffering and misery that sometimes it is difficult to get out and ultimately
start over and free ourselves from the pain of suffering. Once we enter that
path, its almost like we realize we are so use to certain pains and sufferings
it almost becomes a habit to us and we fail to reach our full potential due to
this, and with this I am guilty.

I truly think everyone
should take a step back and look at the reasons of why they are suffering and
ways to fix it. We live in a generation now where depression and anxiety are
the most prevalent. Young adults are suffering with more mental illness than
ever, and more and more we are prescribing pills to fix these problems instead
of natural alternatives. I truly believe Buddha’s ultimate goal was to help
prove and show that suffering is a natural part of life, and something that all
will experience. Although, suffering may be a part of life we as people can not

In conclusion, I am extremely
happy that I took this course. Not only did I take it to learn more about
things that interested me and for my own benefit, but I learned a lot about
myself, other people and just Buddhism as a whole. It put me in a whole new
perspective on many things, including the world and how we see it as a whole. I
think that there are many adaptations that would be beneficial for people as a
whole to take from Buddhism that may help us in this time of need our world is
going through right now. I will never forget this class, and will remember the
impact it has had on me for the rest of my life to come as I continue on doing
my own personal research on the new topics I was introduced to.