Nothing but Crows (kaleekolai) wrote,
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Essay marks and other miscellany

Class tonight was pretty much a write-off. I actually read a book on Buddhism through the whole thing since I didn't care to hear the prof regurgitate the information from a book that I've already read and will not be writing on. I got a good chunk of my book read though and I'm finding it really interesting. It's called "Finding Faith" and it's about a black woman who goes to Thailand and spends some time as a nun there. It's inspiring me to do nun-like things, though shaving my head will not be one of them (for a change). I also go my essay back which was great since we handed them in over a month ago. I wrote on Jung, who I rather like, and structured the essay a little bit differently than I usually do, so I wasn't sure what to expect. As it turns out, it looks like my gamble paid off as I managed to pull my mark up by 6% on this one. I'm pretty thrilled with it because I find that it was easier for me to write this way and now I know for the last one that's coming up.

After class we had tutorial, which I usually find a complete waste of time, but tonight I actually found it to be useful and interesting. I was able to participate more and we had some good discussions going. At one point I even made a parallel to something from earlier in the course and the TA said that maybe I should write my paper on that. I'm definitely going to give it some thought but I'm not sure that I could do it justice in the amount of time I have.

As I alluded to already, I'm becoming more and more intrigued with Buddhism and the monastic lifestyle. I definitely don't want to joing a monastery but I'm contemplating living my life a little bit closer to that of a monk or nun, complete with meditation practices and a stricter eating schedule. In fact, it's mainly the schedule that I'm considering adopting but I'm not sure how realistic it is. Largely, the fact that I can't meditate all day could cause some problems. I have a job and school and I don't want to do anything that would cause me to have trouble functioning in either of those areas. So, I'm going to give it some more thought and see what comes of it.
Tags: buddhism, essay, lecture, school, tutorial

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