Following the middle path
For Fiona Pathiraja, Buddhism provides respite from the hectic medical world. Here she describes the influence that her faith has on her life
- By: Fiona Pathiraja
With more than 350 million followers, Buddhism is becoming a trendy faith in the West with many celebrities clamoring to take it up. Buddhists do not worship a god, rather they follow the teachings of the Buddha--the founder of Buddhism. The name Buddha actually means “enlightened one,” and enlightenment--a true understanding of the meaning of life--is what all Buddhists are striving for.
A central feature of the faith is meditation, during which you clear your mind and attempt to direct it to a positive state of calm, concentration, and awareness. There are many stereotypes of Buddhists who meditate; one picture is of a man with a long beard, sitting in the lotus position, humming to himself. But in reality, meditation requires tremendous mental discipline and helps to develop a strong mind.
Meditation also provides an outlet for me, because the life of a medical student is often hectic, and I