Summary Of ' Words Of My Perfect Teacher ' Essay

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The film, Words of My Perfect Teacher, gives us some insight into Buddhism as three students follow their teacher, Rinpoche, to many corners of the world in hopes of learning more about becoming enlightened. In Buddhism, to be enlightened is to lead a moral life, be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions and to develop wisdom and understanding (Buddha Dharma Education Association and BuddhaNet). Ultimately, the purpose of studying Buddhism, is actually to study ourselves ( (McLeod). One has to understand that suffering is a to reach enlightenment. Attachments and desires are barriers which must be overcome. The blind man “sees” through his interaction with his environment. To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him (Kyōkai). Suffering is necessary; it is the beginning of the path to enlightenment (David Smith 103). Rinpoche likens himself to an assassin paid to dismantle his students in Words of My Perfect Teacher. Buddhist teachers must do this in order for their students to understand that the belief that humans are independent beings is the root of suffering (David Smith 74). Buddhism defines eight types of suffering: birth, old age, illness, death, encountering what is unpleasant, separation from what is pleasant, not getting what one wants, and…

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