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Buddhist Smith speaks as St. Peter’s continues ‘Who is my neighbor?’ series

March 3, 2016
Westfield Republican
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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church welcomed Sheridan Smith and his wife as part of their “Who is my neighbor?” series. Smith presented an insightful and revealing world of Buddhism. The group learned about the life and essence of Buddha and his followers. Once the Prince encountered suffering, he would set out on a journey of Enlightenment. Buddha is defined as “awakened.” It is a practice of understanding oneself in relation to the world, living “awake,” and developing one’s mind. Buddhism is a life lived by “The Middle Way” through teachings, meditation, chanting, Divine Abodes, and the Five Precepts. Smith shared his stories, prayer articles, and pictures from pilgrimages to India. One picture in particular is of a monk spinning a prayer wheel, “sending thousands of prayers out into the world.” In Buddhism, “Patience is the highest austerity, enlightenment is foremost.” It is a “dance of living graciously” and “freedom from extremes.”


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