Behavior and Buddhism
Religion plays a big part in many individual’s personal beliefs and life styles. The ideals behind a religion shape the way people interpret the world. This influence that religion has can have a huge impact on one’s behavior. To see how a religion can influence behavior I decided to visit the Zen Center of Pittsburgh to observe their practices and participate in them myself. I also interviewed (show authority) one Zen Buddhist who was kind enough to answer all of my questions.
If there was one word that could describe my trip to the Zen Center of Pittsburgh it would have to be unexpected. Before I arrived at the Zen Center my thoughts about what I would experience were stereotypical. I envisioned monks wearing robs meditating and chanting throughout the day in a temple. However, this was not the case at the Zen Center. After arriving, I was instantly greeted by two barking dogs. They were friendly and soon settled down after I got out though. I started walking around not sure if I copied the address right because the building I came across was not a temple but an average sized house. I was not sure that I was in the right place until I saw the sign for the Zen Center of Pittsburgh. I was then greeted at the door and advised to take of my shoes off while in the house. The first room I walked into was a kitchen with a place to set my things and hang my coat which I thought was a little odd for the main entrance. I set my belongings down all the same. I then met up with the Buddhist that I had previously contacted and we exchanged some words and she told me the plan for the day. First there was an intro in which we sat down for. In what looked like the living room of the house, she told me a little bit about Zen Buddhism.
In the intro she shared some of the history of Buddhism with me. She...