By Emanuela Caferri
I was born in Ethiopia, and when I was eleven years old we moved to Italy. I lived in Italy for twenty-six years where I studied, worked, loved and grew up. It was a very interesting adventure.
Six years ago, I moved here to the United States where I started a new adventure in New York City.
One of the best things that has happened in my life, was that I started practicing Buddhism. I was 13 years old the first time I heard about Buddhism, and even though I had met many Buddhists, I never practiced.
But then, I saw a documentary about Mahatma Gandhi. I was impressed to see this little man who was so positive, determined and powerful. I started to watch more documentaries about him, and I saw where all of this came from.
He was doing meditation and yoga.
I liked that kind of philosophy, and I decided to do some research. Then someone spoke to me about Buddhism. Two years ago, I started to practice, and I got a lot of benefit from it.
But Buddhism is not magic.
One of the big concepts in Buddhism is that it can help you transform your negative mind to a positive mind. It helps you to see your life with clarity and shows you the power that you have inside you to transform your own life. The Buddhist philosophy is based on the fact that happiness is inside of you, so you do not have to depend on external things like people or situations.
Meditation is at the base of the Buddhist way of life. It helps us to connect to the universe.
This meditation is not in silence- it has sound. We repeat the words- NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO.
These words that we use during meditation can be repeated as often as we want.
Buddhism has helped me so much.
One of the nice things that happened to me in two years of practice, is that I now have my own apartment when, before, it had seemed impossible