Complete 5 pages APA formatted article: Analysis of The Journey of One Buddhist Nun: Even Against The Wind. Maechi Wabi’s journey as she struggles to become .accepted as a nun and to find her own inner peace that can lead her to Samsara is compelling reading and the details which are shared along the way really help in gaining an understanding of how Buddhism is practised in Thailand today.
Wabi was not born into life as a nun, although she was always interested in meditation. The first chapter of the book describes how she learned a technique of saying “Buddho” silently to herself, which was a way of bringing peace, and that this had a big influence on her and probably played a part in her decision to become a nun (Brown, page 7). Her family situation was also a big part of the decision, as they were incredibly poor and could barely even afford rice to eat (Brown, page 8). This first chapter of the book shows Wabi as a layperson and shows how even then she was concerned with religious matters like meditation. Another matter was the act of “making merit,” which Thai laypeople engage in as an act of religious practice (Brown, Page 8). Wabi engaged in this by giving some of her family’s meager food to a neighboring family (Brown, Page 14).
Wabis reason for desiring to become a nun, though, was tied up with her father. Brown describes how her father had abandoned his family for several years to go off with another woman, but then came back after five years as though nothing had happened (Brown, page 10). She describes how his second departure, this time as a Buddhist monk, only made her angrier, and that she wanted to know why he had abandoned them and “What feelings did he have living this way?” (Brown, Page 18). It was with this in mind, and becoming more and more frustrated with her family life, about which she says that she “never had happiness,” (Brown, Page 21) that Wabi left home to become a nun.
Once Wabi has made her decision and in a samnak, she meets Maechi Seni, who provides for her by “giving her food and a place to live and providing her with acceptable work and the opportunity to meditate in .a peaceful environment” (Brown, Page 38). . As can be imagined, the importance of Maechi Seni in Maechi Wabi’s life was far-reaching and it is not inconceivable that if she had not met the older woman she would not have been able to pursue being a nun at all. .