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The Dharma Bums Aesthetic Response - The Dharma Bums Aesthetic Response   After the opening chapter of the novel in which the narrator writes, "Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running- that's the way to live" (7), I knew that the book was not only going to be interesting, but also great. I was not displeased after finishing it either. The Dharma Bums struck me as being one of the most fantastic books that I have ever read; one that contains an amazingly simple and captivating plot, an introduction and insight into the Buddhist philosophy and its followers of the 50's, and also contains the most provocative insight and philosophy about humanity...   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]
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Materialism in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus - Materialism in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus   Several works we have read thus far have criticized the prosperity of American suburbia. Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus, and an excerpt from Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "A Coney Island of the Mind" all pass judgement on the denizens of the middle-class and the materialism in which they surround themselves. However, each work does not make the same analysis, as the stories are told from different viewpoints....   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]
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The Sixties Exposed in Takin' it to the Streets and The Dharma Bums - The Sixties Exposed in Takin' it to the Streets and The Dharma Bums      One cannot undertake any study of the 1960s in America without hearing about the struggles for social change. From civil rights to freedom of speech, civil disobedience and nonviolent protest became a central part of the sixties culture, albeit representative of only a small portion of the population. As Mario Savio, a Free Speech Movement (FSM) leader, wrote in an essay in 1964: "The most exciting things going on in America today are movements to change America" ("Takin' it to the Streets," 115)....   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]
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Nature and Society in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus - Nature and Society in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus       From its beginning, the literature of the 1960s valued man having a close relationship with nature. Jack Kerouac shows us the ideal form of this relationship in the story of Han Shan, the Chinese poet. At first, these concerns appear to have little relevance to Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth. However, by mentioning Gauguin, Roth gives us a view of man's ideal relationship to nature very similar to the one seen in the story of Han Shan....   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]
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Importance of Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain - Importance of Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain     Mountains are significant in the writing of Jack Kerouac and Donald Barthelme as symbolic representations of achievement and the isolation of an individual from the masses of the working class in industrialized capitalist American society. The mountains, depicted by Kerouac and Barthelme, rise above the American landscape as majestic entities whose peaks are touched by few enduring and brave souls....   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]
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The Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry - Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry       You don't need a destination to run away. All you have to know is what you are leaving behind. In the 1960's, young men and women in the United States, especially on the west coast, made a mad dash away from almost two centuries of American tradition. They ran to so many different places that it would be impossible to generalize about their aims and philosophies. What they had in common was the running itself.   America was drowning in materialism....   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]
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Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums does not fall too far from a basic description of his life. Kerouac spent the bulk of his writing career riding trains from city to city, meeting people and writing books and poetry. He was among the premier writers of the Beat Generation, a group of primarily urban poets and writers who put the basics of life and their spiritual nuances into poetry with a beat. The book, The Dharma Bums, is a window into the daily structure of the Beat Generation....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 804 words
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Comparing Society in The Dharma Bums and The New American Poetry - Mass Society in The Dharma Bums and The New American Poetry       One of the best ways to fully understand an era is to study its literature. The printed word has the incredible capacity to both reflect and shape the hopes, fears, and ideologies of the time. This is very evident when reading literature from 1960's America, a turbulent period in the history of our country. While the authors' styles are very different, there are definite thematic patterns and characteristics evident in many of their works....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Krishna and Rama as exemplars of Dharma - “Dharma is knowledge prominently directed to the achievement of desired happiness here (i.e. in this life) and hereafter by means of appropriate actions”. (Khan, Benjamin. The Concept of Dharma in Valmiki) Rama and Krishna have been set as perfect exemplars of Dharma in the texts of Ramayana and Mahabharata respectively. They are considered to be the reincarnations of God Visnu, a Supreme Being, and supposedly lived their lives according to the Dharmic (or right) way of life. However, the stories of Rama and Krishna in the texts include some of their actions, which are questionable to the act of Dharma....   [tags: Valmiki, Ramayana, Mahabharata]
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Dharma and Women in the Mahabharata - ... Once dharma is violated through adharmic action, it is thrown out of balance and eventually corrected (xx). Krishna’s actions in scenes revolving around this controversy, along with indicators within the text reveal that a universal dharma is violated and subsequently remediated apropos to Draupadi’s treatment. A close reading of the text supports the sanctity of Draupadi’s femininity. Yudhisthira describes her as having “kindliness and perfect beauty…of such consummate virtue” (2.59, 34), and when she is wagered “a cry of horror from the elders of the court” (2.59, 38), indicating that her being put in a position of vulnerability is abominable....   [tags: Hindu literature] 1184 words
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Dharma in Service to Vinaya - ... Initially, it was Vinaya and not Dharma that Ashoka embraced. Ashoka was militarily adept (a prime reason why he was regarded by his father’s advisors as the best candidate for accession to the throne) and showed little compunction in utilizing cruelty in expanding the Mauryan Empire. Most infamously, Ashoka created the torture compound disguised as a palace that would come to be known as “Ashoka’s Hell”. In his translation of the Aśokāvadāna, John S. Strong suggests that the construction of Ashoka’s torture chamber was actually inspired by Buddhist doctrine and Ashoka’s desire to replicate the hell of the Bala Pandita Sutra....   [tags: comparative relgion, Indian culture and beliefs]
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The Dharma of Mahayana Buddhism - Advanced technology and luxurious items seem bring humans into a “Modern World.” However, it seems these 21st Century technologies and items have brought more dissatisfaction, the duhkha. Death, blood and war, these words appear in the newspaper almost everyday. Despite those external dissatisfactions, internally human kind becomes more selfish and lonely. As a matter of fact, a hypochondria is becoming so popular that one in seven adults is facing it. In our society today, Buddhism, especially Mahayana Buddhism, becomes a cure to the duhkha that we are facing today....   [tags: Buddhism] 1067 words
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Dharma in the Mahabharta - Dharma in the Mahabharta The concept of dharma is the most central and core concept of Hindu philosophy, "all the other principles and values flow from the beautiful fountain of Dharma" (Srinivasan n.d., 1). Consequently, the Hindu scriptures present many examples of its importance in a variety of ways. The two epics Mahabharata and Ramayana are particularly interesting in their presentation of dharma. Dharma is Sanskrit word with many different connotations that are mostly of ethical nature....   [tags: Papers] 2047 words
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Connection between Dharma and Destiny: Mahabharata - When it comes to literature the world has a lot to offer. From novels to poems history has given us plenty to read and learn from. Some literary works are more than just for reading purposes such as the great epic of Mahabharata. In Hinduism Mahabharata is one of two major factors that led to the creation of the religion, the other being Ramayana. Around 3000 BC Mahabharata was told in the form of stories or gossip between gods, kings, and common people. “It presents sweeping visions of the cosmos and humanity and intriguing and frightening glimpses of divinity in an ancient narrative that is accessible, interesting, and compelling for anyone willing to learn the basic themes of India's cu...   [tags: Hindi Literature, Warrior Cast]
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The Dharma: Exploring the Four Noble Truths - The Dharma is, in the most utterly existential of senses, infinitely complex yet infinitely discreet. In the dissection of the most perplex and the most convoluted of elements in reality, the Dharma provides an all-encompassing web of insight – a truth per say . In essence its affluences can be predicated upon a bipartisan foundation in the realms of abstraction and attachment. From the fundamentals of The Four Noble Truths to the general coherency of Chan, abstraction and attachment combine to endow the absolute spine that supports the Buddhist elements....   [tags: buddhism, religions] 1268 words
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Bums - Bums are cool dfsjhfajks hthalksjhaf jkshf sldjfhajeklrh tja hsjdfhajrhl jhsdfjashjhwreuisdhjcsbdr awejfhsadhr wsfhfajrej fsudyfjweb hcvszlhjwerhf jsnf Viewing an erupting volcano is a memorable experience; one that has inspired fear, superstition, worship, curiosity, and fascination throughout the history of mankind. The active Hawaiian volcanoes have received special attention worldwide because of their frequent spectacular eruptions, which can be viewed and studied with a relative ease and safety....   [tags: essays research papers] 1348 words
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Queers, Bums, and Kids in the City of Roses - Queers, Bums, and Kids in the City of Roses Throughout the history of our country it has happened over and over. Development and urbanization come to a small area, city or even an entire region and a new commercial market brings new wealth to a section of people, businesses open up, population increases and everyone is supposedly better off. However, this development and gentrification always seems to alienate a group of society even more than it is already. Portland is a place where that is occurring today, specifically among the queer and homeless communities....   [tags: Free Essays Online]
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The Homeless Are NOT Bums - Just because one homeless person has committed a crime or used the money he has collected on things such as alcohol or drugs does not mean that every homeless person is going to be like that. Many homeless people are Vietnam veterans, have a mental illness, or cannot survive in this economy which we are in. I have had a few experiences with homeless people but there is one which is unforgettable. It is much like when Nathaniel Ayres begins yelling at Mr. Lopez then proceeds to apologize later on (Lopez, 258)....   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Persuasive Essay] 756 words
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The Mahabharata: An Integral Aspect of Indian Culture - ... Krsna illustrates how one must find a balance of when to place dharma over rationale and feelings. Krsna is seen as a consequentialists, since his main goal is to maximize intrinsic god, even if it means performing adharma on the journey to get there. When faced with a moral or ethical dilemma, one should not necessarily blindly follow their dharma because it has set rules and guidelines, one should actually consider the greater benefits of both sides and make rationale decisions. No two situations are ever the same, so no guidelines or a set of rules can help fix each and every dilemma ; thus, one has to make judgments based on the situation he/she is given....   [tags: Dharma, text analysis] 2527 words
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The Law of the Jungle: Hinduism and Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books - ... It is because of this that Raksha, Mother Wolf, knows that one day Mowgli will be the one to defeat the tiger. Indeed, when Mowgli finally returns to the wolf pack after his exile to the village of men, he comes first to Raksha and lays Shere Khan’s pelt before her. She tells him: “‘I told him [Shere Khan] on that day, when he crammed his head and shoulders into this cave, hunting for thy life, Little Frog—I told him that the hunter would be the hunted’,” (89). Dharma violation is a very serious issue; it ends with death for the tiger, and can have other consequences as well....   [tags: dharma, non-violence, hunt] 2746 words
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The Zen Doctrine and Suffering - ... Everything becomes so clear and straightforward and so ridiculously simple…” (Herrigel 69-70) The pupil has been “failing” at archery for years, and to him, his objective is achieve Buddha-ness through overcoming it. And so he suffers. His objectives, goals, and thoughts that his situation is unique blocks him from seeing his true nature. Eventually, his suffering reaches repletion that he becomes numb to it, destroying the traces of preoccupation with himself. The suffering is not longer “special” and he achieves “egolessness”....   [tags: true Dharma nature] 674 words
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The Individual Versus Society in Kerouac and Ginsberg - The Individual Versus Society in Kerouac and Ginsberg   One theme that is prevalent throughout much of the literature we have covered so far is that it is very critical of the conformist values of late 1950s society. In an era of Levittowns and supermarkets and the omnipresent television, there was a call to leave the conformist suburban culture in search of something higher. Two major proponents of the individual as opposed to society were Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, two of the central figures in the Beat movement....   [tags: Allen Ginsberg]
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Mahayana Branch of Buddhism - One branch of Buddhism is Mahayana, which literally means the Great Vehicle. Mahayana can more easily be defined as a loose collection of teachings with large and extensive principles that coexist all together. Mahayana defines itself as penetrating further and more deeply into the Buddha's Dharma, or the way of the Buddha. This practice originates in India, and slowly spread across Asia to countries as China, Japan, Korea through the missionary activities of monks and the support of kings. However, the roots of this religion are still not completely known....   [tags: Religious Texts, Dharma] 1123 words
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Cultural Shift through the Eyes of Ginsberg and Kerouac - Cultural Shift through the Eyes of Ginsberg and Kerouac   Brothers of the San Francisco Beat scene, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg lived in the midst of a consumer cultural revolution, patriots of a forgotten mindset. While the regional characters of the nation were quickly being homogenized by television, Kerouac and Ginsberg wrote poetry and prose that both captured and contemplated the moment. They were contemporaries, sharing the same circle of friends and drawing from the same influences but produced works seeking divergent means to the same conceptual end....   [tags: Allen Ginsberg]
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Buddha Dharma: Tibetan Buddhism Essay - It is paramount to understand Buddhism as a whole before breaking it down into its two Tibetan forms, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Buddhism, a non-theistic religion which is very prevalent in Southeast Asia, was founded by Prince Siddhartha Gautama around the filth century B.C. Siddhartha came to realize the correct path to awakening after a series of events like extreme asceticism, failed. Siddhartha, otherwise known as the Buddha, taught his followers that everything of existence was impermanent, meaning there was no such thing as a permanent self....   [tags: Mahayana, Vajrayana, religion]
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Kerouac’s Spontaneous Prose and the Post-War Avant-Garde - Kerouac’s Spontaneous Prose and the Post-War Avant-Garde My title comes from one of Kerouac’s own essays, “Aftermath: The Philosophy of the Beat Generation,” which he published in Esquire in March 1958. In it, he identifies the Beats as subterranean heroes who’d finally turned from the ‘freedom’ machine of the West and were taking drugs, digging bop, having flashes of insight, experiencing the ‘derangement of the senses,’ talking strange, being poor and glad, prophesying a new style for American culture, a new style (we thought) completely free from European influences (unlike the Lost Generation), a new incantation....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Anti-Consumerism in the Works of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Roth - Anti-Consumerism in the Works of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Roth   After World War II, Americans became very concerned with "keeping up with the Joneses." Everyday people were not only interested in fulfilling the American Dream because of the optimistic post-war environment, but also because of the economic emphasis on advertising that found a new outlet daily in highway billboards, radio programs, and that popular new device, the television. With television advertising becoming the new way to show Americans what they did not (and should) have came a wide-eyed and fascinated interest in owning all kinds of things, products, and devices suddenly necessary in every home....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Eastern Thought in the Works of Kerouac and Ginsberg - Eastern Thought in the Works of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg       In the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's, a fascination with Eastern thought developed, concentrating on Zen Buddhism and Daoism. This attraction can be explained in part by the complete strangeness of these thought forms to Western ideals. Buddhism's denial of reality and Daoism's wu-wei or flowing with life were revolutionary ideas to the people of the late '50's who had been brought up with consumerism, patriotism, Christianity, and suburbia....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Kerouac and Barthelme's Rebellion Against Corporate America - Jack Kerouac and Donald Barthelme's Rebellion Against Corporate America       Oh America, home of the red, white, blue, and green. Green as our greenest grass. Green as our forefather George on a one-dollar bill. You too can work your way up our market-economy mountain to your own little green house. Climb the corporate mountain to provide for your wife in her little green dress. With the green beneath your feet, reach for the gold in the sky. Oh America, this mountain is rich. As many Americans eagerly began and continued their climb toward the financial stability the Sixties promised, a counterculture of writers and thinkers emerged seeking to climb their own mountains, to tell their ow...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Performance and Permanence in Sixties Literature - Performance and Permanence in Sixties Literature         What is art. Any generation of artists defines itself by the way it answers this question. The artists of the 1960s found their answer in the idea of art as experience. Art was not something that happened; it was something that happened around you, with you, to you. In the moment of creation, and in that moment alone, there was art. For artists of the Sixties, art was vibrant and alive, and thus to say a product was finished was simply to say it was dead....   [tags: Sixties 60]
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Jack Kerouac and The Beat - Jack Kerouac and The Beat        Jack Kerouac, was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, as the youngest of three children.  Jack decided to be a writer after his brother Gerard died at the age of nine.  From the life and death experience of his brother's death, and the Catholic faith of his childhood, he developed a spiritual tendency in his character that would last throughout his life.  The fact that Kerouac was a spiritual "seeker," may be the most vital aspect of his life.  In post WWII, Eisenhower America, Jack Kerouac came from a poor rustic industrial community to change the face of American Culture forever.  He chronicled the wild rebellious culture of "the Beats" in t...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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A Comparison of Ginsberg and Kerouac - A Comparison of Ginsberg and Kerouac     The 1950s saw a period of great material prosperity in the United States. After World War II G.I.s came back to take charge of the family again. Women no longer had to work and could return to the home to nurse their newborn babies. Housing, automobiles, and white picket fences were in high demand. Televisions became commonplace, making possible the rapid distribution of visual information- not to mention the sitcom. McCarthy had started to purge the U.S....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Jack Kerouac - Jack Kerouac      In the beginning Jack Kerouac lived a wild and exciting life outside the realm of everyday "normal" American life. Though On the Road and The Dharma Bums were Kerouac's only commercial sucesses, he was a man who changed American literature and pop-culture. Kerouac virtually created a life-style devoted to life, art, literature, music, and poetry. When his movement grew out of his control, he came to despise it, and died lonely on the other side of what he once loved and cherished above all else....   [tags: Writer Author Jack Kerouac Biography Essays]
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Comaring Thoreau To Kerouac - Recollections of the Past: From Pioneer Naturalist to Mountaineer Buddhist (Thoreau and Kerouac) An old adage says "never let the truth get in the way of a good story". However, where is the line drawn between embellishment and fabrication. Artistic privilege is just as it sounds; a liberty to manipulate and coerce verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech and sentence structure to yield a far more pleasing narrative. As with any privilege there comes responsibility, in this case, a responsibility to not change the original intent of the story or the context in which it took place....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1844 words
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The Remarkable Life of Jack Kerouac - When initially venturing to find the perfect person for this report, I first looked at some very interesting people. I found most of these interesting people were, at second glance, not so fascinating. I don't doubt that every one of them had a drastic impact on the world around them, but I found that none of these people suited the taste I was looking for. I needed a person who was not only interesting and beneficial to this world but also had a certain characteristic…I wanted this person to be "cool." I needed this distinction because I thought in order to do this report I needed to relate to this person in some way, and as a member of the younger generation, with unique views, I...   [tags: The King of The Beats] 1130 words
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Jack Kerouac's On the Road - Jack Kerouac's On the Road Works Cited Not Included      Jack Kerouac is the first to explore the world of the wandering hoboes in his novel, On the Road. He created a world that shows the lives and motivations of this culture he himself named the 'Beats.' Kerouac saw the beats as people who rebel against everything accepted to gain freedom and expression. Although he has been highly criticized for his lack of writing skills, he made a novel that is both realistic and enjoyable to read. He has a complete disregard for developed of plot or characters, yet his descriptions are incredible....   [tags: Jack Kerouac Road Essays Beats] 3098 words
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Hinduism - Hinduism is a religion filled with many philosophical thoughts about the soul, following your duties, achieving liberation and understanding the consequences of karma. Many of the beliefs in Hinduism makes a person think of life and their own actions they do everyday since it can affect your next life. Hinduism sometimes also makes one wonder if all of these various beliefs and philosophical thoughts are true or not and if you don’t follow your duties (dharma), if consequences really do occur or not in the present life and the next life....   [tags: Religion, Dharma, Atman] 1189 words
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Understanding the Practices of Hinduism - ... There are many times that some may consider the Vedas and Upanishads separately, but essentially the Upanishads represent many more important ideas/thoughts in the Epic period. The Vedas are viewed as the spiritual literature of the ancient Indian culture. As previously mentioned, the Upanishads are another important part of Hindu history as they were focused on in the Epic period. The Upanishads are considered a concluding part of the Vedas, or referred to as the Vedanta, but this is when many of the core thoughts of Hinduism started to develop....   [tags: religion, dharma, beliefs] 1500 words
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Different Perceptions of Duty in the United States and Hindu societies in the as Evidenced in the Bhagavad Gita - It is my opinion that in the United States, we often use the phrase “duty bound” to describe when we have no choice in the matter at hand. There are two different ideas of duty in the US and in Hinduism. The concept of duty in the US society is similar to chores, and looked at as necessary tools to reach an objective. One’s duties change throughout one’s life in US society as they assume different roles like being a child, a student, an adult, and a parent. However, “One’s duty in life is one’s dharma....   [tags: religion, hinduism, theology] 535 words
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What Prevents Us from Reaching Nirvana? - ... This is the sole difference between sentient beings and a buddha, which Hongren states explicitly: “All the buddhas of the ten directions are enlightened to the Dharma-nature and distinctly illuminate the mind that is the source of all individual dharmas. They do not generate false thoughts, never fail in correct mindfulness, and extinguish the illusion of personal possession. Because of this, they are not subject to birth and death. Since they are not subject to birth and death, they have achieved the ultimate state of serene extinction (nirvana).” In this context, failing in correct mindfulness and falling prey to the illusion of personal possession both refer to “false thought.” It is...   [tags: budha, enlightenment, mindfulness] 1242 words
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The influence of ancient Indian philosophy - Think Classical India, and one instantly conjures images of an exotic land filled with mysticism and rich in lore. Now think Classical Indian politics and the first thought that comes to mind, the infamous caste system. To better understand the caste system, one must know that upon its initial introduction the caste system was foreign to Classical India. It was in actuality the political system ordained by the outsider Aryans, Indo-European nomads who would settle in and later integrate with Classical India through the conquering of its eastern and southern regions, soon going on to establish a stable and partially unified administration and spreading its influence across all of Classical In...   [tags: History, Classical India] 2156 words
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Philosophies of China and India - China and India have many philosophical schools of thought. There are multiple similarities as well as a plethora of differences. While China has a wide range of thoughts concerning eternal salvation and everyday rule, India is more narrow-minded in their approach. The differences are astounding and the similarities are few and far between. Each nation has a distinctly different school of thought, which ultimately led to the establishment of their current day societies. China has many different schools of thought, most of which build upon or agree with each other....   [tags: Schools of Thought, Contrasts, Differences] 847 words
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The Ultimate Goal of Hinduism - Hinduism is the major religion in India and Nepal with 900 million followers worldwide. 80 percent of the population in India is Hindu, making it the major religion of the country (BBC, 2009a). Hinduism started in the Indus River Valley in modern day Pakistan about 4000 years ago (United Religion Initiatives Kids, 2002). Unlike many other religions, it does not have a single founder, no single scripture, and no single set of teachings: its teachings vary and are based off of many different philosophies and holy books....   [tags: india, samsara, rituals, scripture]
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The Core Teachings of Impermanence and How We Respond to Change - The Core Teachings of Impermanence and How We Respond to Change "Impermanent, subject to change, are component things. Strive on with heedfulness!" This was the final admonition of the Buddha Gotama to his disciples. (Piyadassi Thera) Siddhatta Gotama who is also known as “Buddha,” was the founder of Buddhism. “Buddha” is a general term for a person who has attained enlightenment. At the age of 35, Siddhatta Gotama had gained his enlightenment through meditation under a Bodhi tree. Through the years after being enlightened, Buddha had spent the rest of his life teaching....   [tags: Religion] 1117 words
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Hinduism and Buddhisn - Two major religious paths found in the Indian subcontinent are Hinduism and Buddhism (LR, 37). Hinduism is seen as a polytheistic and a monotheistic tradition that evolved from other Indian religious traditions. Hinduism is also known as Sanatana Dharma whose goal is to achieve moksha and live life according to the Dharma (LR, 43). Buddhism is a nontheistic religion that is based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, known as the Dharma, which offers a path to enlightenment by practicing compassion and achieving liberation from suffering (LR, 72)....   [tags: Religion, Karma, Krishna] 1770 words
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Hinduism's Message That It Is Okay To Fail - In a very anti-consquentialist position, Hinduism's overarching tradition conveys the message that it is okay to fail, so long as you fail at the thing that you ought to be doing. The duty placed on each person by the soteriological idea of dharma, laws for a harmonious world, centers on one's best attempt to fulfill one's own place, even imperfectly, rather than trying to be or do the works of someone else. This idea of varying paths and duties extends to the path each ought take to reach moksha or liberation as explicated in The Bhagavad-Gita....   [tags: Hinduism, Traditions, Religion, Culture]
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