TSEA Interview Assignment
Pimploy Thirati
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My mother is a Buddhist but some of her beliefs and rituals are si...
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  1. 1. TSEA Interview Assignment Pimploy Thirati 1 Reflection: My mother is a Buddhist but some of her beliefs and rituals are similar to Animist’s. She does not believe that spirits exist in everything but rather everywhere. Animism states that spirits exist in rice fields and buildings and these spirits determine the health of an individual or the family. My mother does not rely on these spirits or view them as important at all. Just like animist belief, she owns many amulets which she believes are there to protect her and her family as well as a reminder for her to do good deeds. In general, her belief is similar to Animist’s to an extent but since she does not rely on whether or agriculture, she does not blame spirits for any misfortune. My mother occasionally talks to me about Buddhist teachings so this interview was not a surprise to me. I also meditate once in a while but not because I want to free those suffering spirits, in my opinion I do not believe we are capable of helping them, but rather just to focus and free my mind. In each day, we would always have something to think about or problems to solve but if we could give up 5 minutes just to meditate, we will feel a slight peaceful happiness where we would not have to worry about anything. I do believe that there are souls or spirits existing all around us and that they are unable to harm us. I choose to believe some stories that my mom has told me but I also have my own belief on Buddhist religion. Since I know the interviewee personally and language was not an issue, the interview went smoothly. However, our time was limited so we could only get to 8 questions but her answers were thorough and detailed. Next time I would plan the interview more carefully so that there would be enough time for both of us. Overall the whole process was fun and educational; my mom has taught me some Buddhist teachings but I did not know how she practices her beliefs.

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