A very philosophical question, but suitable for any spiritual inquiry, no?
I guess I can only tell you about what I appear to be.
I was born in 1986, and was raised in Singapore for a good part of my life. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore, and had the opportunity to participate in the institution’s premium programme – University Scholars Programme. Under that, I had the opportunity to explore the study of Buddhism, primarily through the method of ethnographic fieldwork, even though my degree was in Economics.
My interest in the attempts of Fo Guang University‘s Department of Buddhist Studies to integrate “knowledge-based” education and moral instruction/spiritual development brought me to the decision to pursue a M.A. in Buddhist Studies in Yilan, Taiwan.
I am currently completing my thesis exploring the possibility of finding a particular literary structure – the chiasmus – in the Buddhacarita, an account of the life story of the Buddha completed in the 2nd century C.E.
Here’s an invitation to come join me on this path of exploring the Buddha’s life story in a way different from its traditional (re)telling!