explanatory Essay
3679 words
3679 words

Buddhism In reading this account on Buddhism, the goal is, for you (the reader) to understand a fascinating belief system, that has been around since before Christ ever set foot on this earth. This will provide a connection to the minds and hearts of the people who live and die in this sacred world, so that an understanding may be arroused and ultimatly give an acceptance as well as a clear path to minister to these people. The most important aspect of reaching out to people of other cults or religions could possibly be an understanding and common ground with your neighbor. Therefore, knowing Buddhism and learning about it will help give you a stepping stone in you mission on spreading the gospel of Christianity, plus expose you to some of the profoundly interesting culture of Asia. (Yamamoto 1) History We have all seen and heard about Buddha and the yin and yang, do to the exploitation of an ancient religion, however aside from this popular fad is a complex and ancient religion deriving from a place called Kapilavastu located in southern Nepal. It began with a man named Siddhartha Gautama, who in fact was the son of a chieftain of the Sakya Clan. Basically he was a prince, enjoying all the luxuries accompanying it. He was born in at about 560 BC, it is debatable as to the exact history of his life, because of the many different forms of Buddhism, however there are substantial bits and peace’s that are agreed on among the different Buddhists. (Mead 23) He grew up in a sheltered type of life, in that his father refused to let him see any human misery, so he was secluded from the outside world he was never meant know. However, one day at the age of twenty-nine he came to the conclusion of how empty his life had become. As an effect of this, he decided to renounce all his worldly possessions and break all attachments he had in order to set out on a journey. A journey in search of peace and enlightenment. He then, on one fateful day set out on his voyage, eluding the royal attendants his father had contained him with. When reaching the outside, he experienced the effects of human suffering, by veiwing an old man, a leper, a corpse, and an ascetic. With this newfound truth he had discovered he realized that worldly happieness was merely and illusion. After his departing from captivity he decided to give... ... middle of paper ...’s interest and give them hope. Speaking of hope, it is a very powerful tool in evangelizing, especially when people need hope and something to believe in. With Buddhism people cannot interest there lives in a secure figure like God, they are left to toil in the mysteries of ignorance and searching for truth, why search for truth if all you are called is ignorant, there is no hope in that. Heaven is especially influential because heaven is beautiful and full of life. In comparison to the Buddhist Nirvana of nothingness and complete voidness, people will understand that there is no hope in nothingness. Shouldn’t we be searching for something if we are looking for truth? Not just a final answer of nothingness, it poses no real reward or incentive to love or obey. As with all religions they will fight back it is not unheard of. A spiritual warfare battle is eminent because we need to let them get out their side, which is good and fair. (Yamamoto 30-40) The only thing you need to know is how to respond and know all the basis of what they believe so that you can refute it. There are millions of unsaved souls in the world; helping just one is a task we should all take on if not more.

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  • Explains that the goal of reading this account on buddhism is to understand a fascinating belief system that has been around since before christ ever set foot on this earth.
  • Explains that buddhism originated in kapilavastu, nepal, where siddhartha gautama was the son of a chieftain of the sakya clan.
  • Describes how gautama renounced all his worldly possessions and became a wandering monk. he practiced extreme austerity and painful rituals to attain truth.
  • Explains that gautama sat under a fig tree in gaya, which is now christened the bodhi-tree, and meditated until he became enlightened.
  • Explains that buddha's decision to share his teachings symbolized his unselfish concern for others, which led to a community of beggar monks called sangha.
  • Explains how buddhism continued to grow despite the great buddha's death. as the sangha grew larger, monks had different opinions and ways of interpreting the religion and buddha’s word.
  • Explains that the moralistic order met periodically to discuss and reach agreements on the matters of doctrine and practice. theravada buddhism and mahayana buddhism emerged out of the disagreements.
  • Explains that theravada buddhism is the purest or most traditional branch of buddhism because of its effort in conserving the original nature of the buddhist teachings.
  • Explains that the tharavadains' beliefs differ from those of the mahayanas, such as the teaching that buddha was an ethical teacher, and the belief that only a saint may obtain ultimate deliverance.
  • Explains that buddhists have the idea that the soul does not exist. they believe that in having no soul nothing is permanent.
  • Argues that a christian onlooker should try to evangelize and help the people in the buddhist religion.
  • Explains that mahayana buddhists had a more relaxed modern view of the buddhist faith. they are divided into madhyamika school and yogacara school.
  • Explains the beliefs and values of the buddhists, which are different from the tradition christian based realigns.
  • Explains that buddhism is not atheistic because they believe a race of gods inhabit the cosmos and attain nirvana for salvation.
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