They worship Buddha’s teachings because it is morally right. The ways they think, feel, and live are based on certain principles taught by Buddha in result of where they will end up in the afterlife. Of course they all want to be saved and enter Nirvana. Buddhists must break the karma and not be reborn into the world. Salvation for Buddhists is enlightenment.
Thus, the realization of truth is also depends on his own. The freedom of thought of an individual allowed by the Buddha is unheard in other religions. Even though there is a big difference between Buddhism and other religious, the Buddha showed his embracement and peaceful mind. He thinks that one should not condemn other religions but should help all the others to grow. Then, the book addresses that Buddhism encourages people realizing the truth by seeing, knowing, understanding but not on faith or belief.
Buddha is just a man, a mortal being who could face suffering like we can. The Buddha is therefore, not to be worshipped, only followed as he shows his guidance, and a teacher as he shows us the path of enlightenment. We have no God, but just bliss, illusion, and absolute real... ... middle of paper ... ...n countries condemn acts of homosexuality, but western cultures like America, American Buddhists accept homosexuality. Divorce is not common in Buddhism, but is not denied either. As conventional as the religion itself, so are the roles of the spouse as the women are the caretakers and the men work to support the family.
Even though, Hinduism and Buddhism have different similarities such as believes in god, soul, and rituals, which in some ways connected to each other, both religions believe of what happens after life. Although Buddhism evolved from Hinduism it differs from Hinduism in god beliefs. According to Buddhists there is no God, but they reverence the Buddha and his teachings as though he were one. Buddha, believe in no Atman’s, nor is there a Brahman or supreme being because all is not permanent. They believe that to have faith in a higher power is nothing more than illusion.
Buddhism allows each member to study and observe the Truth internally and it requires no blind faith before acceptance. Buddhism advocates no dogmas, no creeds, no rites, no ceremonies, no sacrifices, and no penances, all of which must usually be accepted on blind faith. Buddhism is not a system of faith and worship but it is a path to enlightenment. The Buddha referred to his teaching as a raft leaving the shore of suffering and impermanence needed to get to the other shore of bliss and safety or Nirvana. The raft is no longer needed upon reaching the shore of Nirvana.
Buddhism is a unique religion that bestows upon its members that their actions accumulate karma and too much bad karma leads to rebirth. A person reaches Nirvana (also known as heaven) when achieving enlightenment and is no longer subjected to rebirth. Buddhism also believes there is no one almighty god, but rather many gods, which they refer to as deities. Dharma is commonly known as the sacred teachings of a deity. The Buddha is only born in certain situations that members are in need of re-teaching the Dharma.
However, Buddhism rejects the caste system and the privileges of the Brahmin priests. “There is no such thing as an institutional hierarchy to make final decisions about the truth, and each person must make such decisions for himself or herself” (Bresnan, p.185). The universal path to awakening, according to Buddhism, does not discriminate one depending one’s inherent caste, so the path distinguishes individuals from their strict morality and disciplined orientation. At this point, Buddhism has greater potential for success in terms of ameliorating the suffering of each individual and society as a whole
Buddhism is the teaching that life is full of suffering caused by bad desire. Buddhism’s goal is to reach enlightenment through wisdom and meditation to release oneself from rebirth, suffering, and desire. Buddhism can be taught and disciplined in a fellowship setting but it can be done solo, and it runs by a "cause and effect" theory closely relating it to a philosophy or science; calling Buddhism a science is extreme, thus Buddhism is a philosophy. While exploring this subject matter, one must be able to comprehend the “philosophy versus religion” argument, closely pay attention to who The Buddha was and his teachings, question how dogmatic Buddhism is, find the relevance of Buddhism in the world today, see Buddhism’s relationship with other religions, and analyze the true cause for devotion in Buddhism. Religion and philosophy do have their similarities and differences, but it is important to look beyond the surface meaning of both and understand what they actually imply.
These... ... middle of paper ... ...hen we dive into the way religious studies perceive them, we will uncover differences, separating each by unique characteristics. Many religions believe in a transcendent dimension, separating us from earthly flaws, only obtainable through certain actions which we have already discussed. Nirvana, for Buddhists, is a transcendent destination, ending all desire and ignorance, which inevitably leads to the cessation of all suffering. During a state of nirvana, one may be considered enlightened, having ultimate knowledge and spiritual insight. The occurrence of nirvana triggers an ending of a person’s cycle of reincarnation, ending the process of constant rebirth.
Whatever the daimyo tells a samurai to do, he will do regardless of personal risk. By detaching himself from the thought of risk or of danger or death, and of the worry of morality, the samurai is able to remain more loyal to the daimyo. Complete loyalty is only possible through detachment from personal risk, morality, and thought. Zen Buddhism teaches of a concept called wu-nien, or “no-thought”. This of course is not a literal absence of thought, but it is rather a detachment from the thou... ... middle of paper ... ...tomo promotes throughout Hagakure are moral in nature, such as being courageous, loyal and honorable.