You might remember that in August we launched yet another contest here at projecteducate. This time the theme was "10 years from now". As always it was very interesting to go through the entries and see where you see yourself in ten years. Well, now it's time to announce the winners! Be sure to go check out their work and give them some love!
"I dedicate this lotus to the Buddha, to my family who introduced me to Buddhism, and to all the kind people we've had the fortune to cross paths with. This lotus is now part of the Buddha shrine in my family's home.
At one point, one of my biggest life goals was to stand at the same level as the people I admired. I believed that relationships had to be equal, and that in order to be "fair," I had to be at least as accomplished as my friends and family members. After I found my passions and started to develop my skills, however, I realized that it would take years for me to "catch up." As a result, I became extremely ambitious in pursuit of my goals.
After becoming a Buddhist and vegetarian, my perspective on life started to change. I realized that if I really wanted to give back to my fellow beings, then I should continuously work towards becoming a better person, and not just a more talented person. In ten years, I hope to become more like the wonderful people who have been a guiding light to me and others - patient, compassionate, grateful, and thoughtful.
I vow to the Buddha that I will continue my cultivation.
The lotus is a very important in symbol Pure Land Buddhism, the branch that my family and I follow. The goal of Pure Land Buddhists is to go to Western Pure Land（西方極樂世界), a place where one can cultivate without any distractions, learn from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and be free from the Six Paths of reincarnation (六道輪回). Beings are reborn in Western Pure Land from lotuses, and sincerely chanting the Buddha's name nurtures the lotus.
More information here and here."
Reminder of the prizes:
1st place: 6 month core + 2000 points
2nd place: 3 month core + 1000 points
3rd place: 1 month core + 500 points