A friend invited me to Tibetan Festival. This was an annual festival with a decade of history.
We attended a free seminar based on the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and it was interesting. Although I was exhausted at the end of this seminar, it was fascinating. This probably was the first time that I’ve realised that my mind was so busy and noisy whilst I listen to a lecture. It is my natural nature to take notes but I used it to write down questions, comments, and thoughts I had whilst listening. Because this seminar did not have Q&A session at the end, I left the place full of questions. These questions were purely based on my curiosity to understand “What is Tibetan Buddhism?”
Went to another friend’s place and discussed what I have heard in the seminar. Lucky that friend had some basic knowledge of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism so she explained to me how Tibetan Buddhism arose and evolved, and how Tibetan Buddhism is embedded in the daily life of Tibetan. This was another proof that I should not ignore the history.
If you don’t know history, then don’t know anything.
You’re a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of tree.Micheal Crickton
We are not makers of history.
We are made by history.Martin Luther King, Jr.
For me, understanding the history of a religion helps me to consider the context of how that religion is engraved in their people. It is not to argue the relevancy of that religion in the modern world but to understand possible reasons behind their doctrines and teachings.
According to my friend, who shared her knowledge of Tibet with me, that’s why I am a researcher. Always questioning and searching for an answer that fulfills my curiosity. It may not be true to me in 10 years time but an answer that make sense to me in that given moment.
Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who you are – so you can more wisely build the future.Paulo Freire
History is the witness of the times, the light of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity.Marcus Tullius Cicero
What is the important part of history?
What’s your view on history?
How are you writing your history?