Buddhism has perfected nihilism, but this is not a perfection to be desired. But while Nietzsche accuses Buddhism of decadence and nihilism in no uncertain terms throughout his work, he still appreciates its honesty: “Buddhism is the only positivistic religion in history; even in its epistemology a strict phenomenalism. In its age, Buddhism has become passive and complacent—feelings of unsatisfactoriness are just accepted without struggle. Buddhism is frail and withdrawn from the world and has resigned itself to weakness and weariness. It no longer desires excuses, it just wants relief.
Enlightenment is central to Buddhism; it is a form of freedom. Madhyamika, Yogacara, and Zen have different ways of interpreting the different stages of enlightenment, but they all hold that the realization of enlightenment means having the wisdom to view reality in its natural form. All sentient beings and dharmas are empty and free from the subject-object dualism. Once the individual understands the impermanence of reality, the individual has attained wisdom and therefore enlightenment.
Comparative Analysis: Buddhism In India And China Buddhism is the non-theistic religion and philosophical system founded in North-East India in the sixth century by Gautama Siddharta (the Buddha). His followers seek to emulate his example of perfect morality, wisdom and compassion culminating in a transformation of consciousness known as enlightenment. Buddhism teaches that greed, hatred and delusion separate the individual from the true perception of the nature of things, causing him to remain tied to the bhavachakra (Ch’en, 1989). The apparent substantiality of all objects including the self is an illusion; everything mundane is temporary and ultimately unsatisfying. The central beliefs of Buddhism are based on Buddha’s Four Noble Truths the last of which is the Eightfold Noble Path, by which enlightenment may be attained and the individual self annihilated in Nirvana.
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.
ZEN BUDDHISM | What is Zen Buddhism? What is Zen meditation?. "ZEN BUDDHISM | Beliefs | Buddhist beliefs." Accessed Feb 24, 2014. http://zen-buddhism.net/beliefs/beliefs-and-dogmas.html.According to the “Buddhists Beliefs 2014” Zen does not seek to answer questions through God or after life; they focus on the present time while most religions spend time trying to answer questions such as who is God, what is life like after death, etc.? Zen believes that human conditions are so limited that nobody can possibly know the answers to these questions.
As Dr. Madhu Bazaz Wangu, founder of Mindful Writers Group indicates and professor of religions in India, indicates, Buddhism is a path to spiritual discovery (8). Being that Buddhism is a non-theistic religion; its disciples follow the monotheistic doctrine demonstrating that they believe in only one deity. Siddhartha Gautama, mostly acknowledged as Buddha––the enlightened––, is the one deity Buddhists believe in. As Dr. Wangu writes, Siddhartha practiced severe self-denial and meditation before he could accomplish Nirvana (state of mind that ends the path of suffering) (8). Siddhartha came to the conclusion that to reach Nirvana one should be capable of eliminating desire by doing right and thinking right.
Meeting Gotama, the Buddha, is a turning point in Siddhartha’s path towards wisdom. Gotama claims his way of living is the true way of salvation, but Siddhartha thinks that there is a gap in his lessons. Siddhartha says to the Buddha, “You have learned nothing through teachings, and so I think, O Illustrious One, that nobody finds salvation through teaching. To nobody, O Illustrious One, can you communicate in words and teachings what happened to you in the hour of enlightenment” (p. 33). Even though Siddhartha considers the Buddha as an enlightened, wise person, he believes that his teachings are unreliable.
Zen and the Enlightened Mind "I have forgotten everything. I don't remember a single word"(Masunaga 36). This is the mind of one who seeks the Way. In A Primer of Soto[JS1] Zen Dogen explains the Way of the Buddha and stresses the importance of "sitting in meditation" or zazen as a means of reaching the manifestation of wholeness. The manifestation of wholeness is a state in which one abandons both mind and body and empties oneself of ignorance, delusions, and dualistic modes of thinking.
Japanese Buddhism believes that emptiness represents the whole reality. Chido, one prominent monk in Japanese Buddhism history, supports this idea by comparing dream to the reality in his book Dreams of Buddhism. He says that dream is “no different from ones waking reality” (Dreams of Buddhism, 237). Chido argues that people can experience the same sensation while dreaming as one awake, and denies the existence of reality. Thus dream and reality are essentially equal.
I think it is impossible for someone to have their own thought completely without having any influence. Nietzche would make fun of Buddha on his story on how he reached nirvana while he fought evil. He shouldn’t be so quick to judge not saying I would believe him myself. It is just that for people to understand him sometimes we have to make up stories. Just like Nietzsche did in his story of Zarathustra the character seen the devil and I’m positive Nietzsche didn’t believe in the devil.