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Title: soc 10 project

Learning About Meditation ?
  • Michelle Tuthill
  • Leticia Hernandez
  • Charles Luong
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • Linda Varela

  • For our culture project we decided to visit the
    Buddhist temple of America in Ontario ,CA. All of
    joined together because we all were fascinated by
    Buddhism and none of us really had an
    understanding of what being a Buddhist really
    meant. It was an excellent opportunity to utilize
    what we have learned in Sociology and apply it.
    Though I know without a doubt that we will
    experience some sort of culture shock, I hope
    that everyone will look keenly at the Values
    (group conceptions of the relative desirability
    of things) of Buddhism and with our newly
    acquired sociological lens exercise Cultural

Cultural terms
  • This is an overview of the cultural terms we have
    used in this presentaion

1.Non-Material culture-. Nonmaterial culture is
made up of intangible things which can be divided
into five basic categories symbols, language,
norms, values and beliefs. .( page 95 in
practical skeptic) 2.Culture is the set of ideas
and things handed down from generation to
generation in a particular group or society.(
page 95 in practical skeptic) 3.Beliefs
confidence faith trust (Prof. Lynn put it as
"Mental acceptance of and conviction in the
truth, actuality, or validity of
something.)( 4.Cultural
Relativity Involves evaluating another group or
culture by its own standards and not by the
standards of ones own group or culture. Unlike
ethnocentrism, it is a learned skill. (pg. 38)
The Martians Guide to Sociology By Professor
Lynn Navarette 5.Language -Is made up of certain
kinds of symbols (spoken or written words and
gestures) and rules (such as grammar and syntax)
for using these.?"The Practical Skeptic" by Lisa
J. McIntyre. Page 97 6..Values - are group
conceptions of the relative desirability of
Michelle Tuthill
  • Culture is the set of ideas and things handed
    down from generation to generation in a
    particular group or society, (The Practical
    Skeptic, 95).Culture has both material and
    nonmaterial distinctive. Nonmaterial culture is
    made up of intangible things which can be divided
    into five basic categories symbols, language,
    norms, values and beliefs. In my visit to the
    Buddhist Temple of America each of these
    categories were ascertained. In the Buddhist
    practice there are statues of Buddha that
    symbolizes the creator of Buddhism as well as
    lotus flowers. The Buddhas are seen all around
    the temples, especially in the Bot and the
    Jedee. The Bot, pronounced,boat is where
    monks and others mediate and chant. The Jedee is
    a place to chant but also where Thai Buddhist go
    to pray to dead relatives.

Michelle inside bot
Michelle pt 2
  • Buddhist language is represented mainly through
    gestures, clasped hands when greeting others or
    folded legs as when in chant. In their chatting
    there is a verbal language that can often be
    described as pali, the native chant tongue of
    their ancestors. There is a norm of removing
    ones shoes prior to entering a temple or Bot it
    shows respect. All monks must wear a gown like
    robe which is identical to each other. As with
    these norms there is a taboo against harming any
    life form. Buddhist value their life and not the
    things of a material nature. There belief is
    really a philosophy of human suffering and how to
    end it.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the temple as an
    observer of the monks and even lay people who
    attended mediation and morning brunch. I found
    that even as cultures different from one to the
    other the common strand in them all is unity.

Leticia Hernandez
  • My Term Cultural Relativity
  • When I visited the Buddhist Temple of America
    (Thai) in Ontario Ca ,I did not know what to
    expect when I first arrived at the temple in
    Ontario. I really did not know much about
    Buddhist, and at first was not very interested.
    When I drove through the gates at the temple, I
    first saw the sign Buddhist Temple of America,
    Ontario Ca, and thought to myself, America? I
    entered very puzzled to why it had the word
    America on the sign when it is a Thai Buddhist
    place. Once I entered, and walked around before I
    saw anyone, I felt the place to be extremely
    quiet, and so peaceful. I first came to an empty
    courtyard with seating areas, and trees. I notice
    the writing on the walls to be in a different
    language, and statues I believe to be Buddha.
    While I was just standing in the middle of the
    courtyard, I was not sure where I was, what
    religion this is, and not knowing what to expect.

Leticia pt 2
  • Once my group arrived, and we met with a man name
    Rich, a Caucasian man who was studying to be a
    monk himself. He took our group on a tour of the
    temple, and explain what everything we saw meant.
    We started at the courtyard of the temple, and
    sat were Rich explained to us what is done at
    this temple. After our conversation with Rich, I
    understood that this temple is not a worship of a
    god, but a devotional place for meditation. The
    sharing of merit and practice where one dedicates
    the goodness of ones life to benefit of all
    living beings. One is their own self at the
    temple, and is in harmony with variety of
    traditions, beliefs, and practices largely based
    on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama,
    who is commonly known as the Buddha, the awakened
    or enlightened teacher. After our conversation
    with Rich, we were introduced to one of their
    highest stationed monk who is a teacher there at
    the temple. He was very pleasant, and let us take
    a picture with him. It was interesting to learn
    the life, and values of a monk

Leticia pt 3
  • . To my understanding, a monk belief is the noble
    truth of the way of practice leading to the
    cessation of suffering, and follows the right
    views, right intention, right speech, right
    action, right livelihood, right effort, right
    mindfulness, and right concentration which are
    the Noble Eightfold Path of their beliefs. The
    Monks use meditation for discipline to provide
    mental stability that leads them for the purpose
    of living an ethical life in a positive way to
    future happiness. Then Rich lead us to the garden
    of the temple where he explained the place one
    can go and meditate. Just passing the garden,
    Rich brought us inside a building that was so
    beautiful in rich colors of gold, and reds. We
    went inside this small building which had many
    symbols. Rich explained this building was created
    for people can view an older tradition looking
    meditation room. The last building Rich took us
    was the Mediation building which is where people
    at certain times go in to chant, and meditate.

Leticia pt 4
  • We as a group were welcome by the monks in their
    chanting session, and meditation hour. I observed
    a female monk dressed differently from the male
    monks. The male monks wore an orange/brown
    colored robe type of clothing, and had no hair.
    The one female monk I saw also had no hair, but
    wore all white. I was told by Rich that she was a
    monk, but they have slightly different values.
    The female monks do not live with the male monks
    they have their own house across the street from
    the temple. I observed the monks chanting and
    reciting while kneeling towards a huge Buddha
    statue. It sounded very pleasant how they were
    all as one. Then we were shown how they meditate
    in silence, and with a dim light. The monks put
    on a CD in English with instruction on how to
    meditate. I felt very welcoming by the monks, and
    how sincere they were in showing us their values,
    ideas, and beliefs.

Leticia pt 5
  • Leaving the temple, I realized of my own
    ignorance on how I felt when I first arrived at
    the Buddhist temple. I left knowing what
    Buddhism is, and how it is not a religion. I also
    understand why the word America is in the title
    of the place, because anyone can become a
    Buddhist, and or a monk. The Temple is open to
    anyone who wants to learn, or understand
    Buddhism, and is not just for a specific ethnic
    group. Leaving the Buddhist Temple had me very
    interested in the way they just want peace in
    their lives. I have learned that participating in
    a life style is a form of cultural relativity,
    because I used a technique for understanding the
    various ways in which these people explain their
    values, and their customs without judgment. I had
    an immense experience in visiting the Buddhist
    Temple of America in Ontario Ca.

Linda Varela
  • At our trip to the Buddhist Temple of America, I
    learned many things about it. This
    experience opened my eyes to see Buddhist in a
    new way. I never really looked into other
    religions other then what I heard about them. One
    thing that I had no idea about was that Buddha is
    not their God, I always heard and saw that Buddha
    was the center of the religion and that was who
    buddhist worshipped. It turns out that Buddha was
    a prince who went on his own way and started of
    with buddhism and throughout the years head monks
    have been adding to that. They don't have a God,
    one self is their own God and each and every monk
    has their own beliefs, just like every other
    person in one religion has different beliefs.
    They might believe the same thing but until an
    ectantt, where they say that they agree with most
    of what their religion says but there's an
    exception to one. At the temple there are monks
    that believe on recarnation and there is one that
    believes and talks about God. It was really nice
    to know that this is a religion that in a way
    respects all other religions without making an
    comment, they let you speak your mind without
    interrupting you or letting you know that you
    are wrong and that you must believe them because
    it is what is right.

Linda pt 2
  • I've talked to other religions when they stop by
    at my parents house because nobody wants to
    answer the door and this is because they don't
    let you talk, all they want to say and MAKE you
    understand is that you are wrong and you must go
    to their services so you can see the real way to
    believe. Not everyone is like that but in a way
    it does get under your skin because no matter how
    hard you try to have a civilized conversation
    with them you just can't get a word in. It was
    nice learning about a new religion without anyone
    telling you that you are at the wrong religion,
    and I felt very welcomed. Their doors are open
    for anybody who would like to go without having a
    reason to go, for just wanting to walk around or
    sit in some silence away from the every day life.
    I hope to return when I have alot going on in my
    life, when I just want to go sit down relax and
    read a book without anyone wondering what is
    wrong with me. 

Catherine hernandez
  • It was interesting to visit the Buddhist Temple
    of America because it introduced the culture of
    non-material which has five categories symbols,
    language, norms, values, and beliefs (Skeptic
    96). I learned from visiting the Temple that
    their language, Thai, was different from my own
    language. Obviously, it would be different
    because it is a different culture from what I am
    used to, but I recognized that not only was their
    verbal language different than mine, their
    language in the form of gestures was something
    that was unknown to me. Gestures are a part of
    language as well (Skeptic 98). For example, the
    gesture of putting your hands together as I am
    used to doing when praying means something
    totally different to the monks at the Buddhist
    Temple. When the monks put their hands together
    and bow, they are showing a sign of respect to
    their Enlightened One.

Works Cited
  • 1. "The Practical Skeptic" by Lisa J. McIntyre.
    Page 97
  • 2. The Martians Guide to Sociology By
    Professor Lynn Navarette
  • 4.

  • Linda, Michelle, Catherine, and Leticia all wrote
    down a personal experience of they experienced.
    Everyone contributed photos of the trip. Charles
    wrote the introduction, summary, and with the
    help of the rest of the group members, put
    together this presentation. Everyone helped keep
    everyone else accountable .As a whole we all keep
    in extremely good contact with each other and was
    very supportive in helping anyone with a problem.
    Michelle kept in contact with the other group
    members and got some really detailed pictures.
    Linda, Catherine and Leticia organized this trip
    with directions, times, and even set up the
    appointment with the monks. Charles organized the
    pictures together and coordinated the project for
    presentation. Cultural relativity is the opposite
    of ethnocentrism. When using cultural relativity
    different societies or cultures are analyzed
    objectively without using the values of ones own
    culture to judge the worth of another. Through
    out our trip I believe all of us tried out best
    to exercise cultural relativity by learning and
    experiencing Buddhist culture without prejudging
    it based on our own culture.This trip and this
    assignment couldnt have gone any smoother Thank
    you guys!?