Coming Home to Boudha 

-Jack Ryan Schwarz, MAPREP student from United States

It is really a wonderful experience to study Buddhism here and we can see students from all over the world. Since Buddhism has been brought among the Chinese for about 2000 years, sometimes we feel it has deeply mingled with our traditional culture, without noticing that the Buddha’s teaching has no distinctions between regions and nationalities. 

In RYI we see people from different areas, with different backgrounds, working together to get a deeper understanding of the Dharma, everyone here makes efforts to bring Buddhism into their own culture and languages. This makes me feel that as a youth we are interacting with this world in a positive way. 

Throughout history, people who want to spread and propagate Buddhism always face hardships and challenges, and those who succeed must be with faith and devotion. In fact, as an individual, our power is very limited. However, as a whole, many things become prospective. 1300 years ago, in order to solve the doubts in his mind and amplify the Chinese treaties, a monk called Xuanzang traveled across almost the whole of Central Asia to study Buddhism in India for almost 19 years. From his biography and travelogues, we can see the difficulties he encountered. Today in RYI, we have our aspirations, and would also meet our problems. Finding answers to our own puzzles; for a BA or MA diploma; or else we wish to slightly change people’s attitudes towards Buddhism through our efforts, or even do something meaningful to nowadays’ Buddhism. We need to have our choices. As for me, I hope I can cherish my time here, and make an effort in a way in accordance with Buddhism’s requirement for a practitioner. 

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