Aspects of the religion have also moved into the U.S., Growing interest in Asian culture and spiritual values in the West has led to the development of a number of societies devoted to the study and practice of Buddhism. Zen has grown in the United States to encompass more than a dozen meditation centers and a number of actual monasteries (McDermott 2). The Buddhist religion encompasses a large spectrum of people all diverse but united under the words and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. Works Cited Clark, Laura, and Suzanne Brown. Vietnamese Buddhism.
Buddha With the birth of the Buddha, being chosen as the “awakened one” at age thirty-five, his journey through life, and even in his death. Buddha has guided many to discovering the truths of life. Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha at age thirty-five (Graves 1). The Buddha was believed to have been born in 563 B.C. in what now is Nepal but at the time was a part of India (1).
That is why I decided to write about early Buddhism origins and practices in India. The word Buddhism represents “to awaken”. It emanates from two thousand five hundred years ago when the Buddha touched Nirvana. “Siddhartha Gautama aka the Buddha came from an imperial family in Lumbini in five hundred sixty-three BC. When he was twenty-nine he realized that wealth and luxury did not guarantee happiness, he explored different teachings that could lead him to happiness and others (Coleman, James William 2012)”.
Chinese Influence on Korea and Japan Today, Japanese and Korean civilizations are advanced, wealthy, and independent with their own system of government and religious beliefs due to the influences from China. The majority of Asia experienced changes in government and dealt with inter and intra state conflicts when the countries were most susceptible to influences from alliances made with other countries. The Tang Dynasty/ Silla alliance shaped the future of Korea’s religious and government movements. Art and literature from China also greatly impacted Korea’s and Japan’s society and provided new insight into literary expression through new forms of poetry and a new system of writing. Religion was also a major influence because of popularity and acceptance of new views and beliefs.
The enthronement of the 14th Dalai Lama ceremony took place on February 22nd, 1940 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Dalai Lama began his education at the age of six and completed the Geshe Lharampa Degree (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) when he was 25. On November 17th, 1950, the 14th Dalai Lama was called upon to assume full political power (head of the State and Government) after some 80,000 Peoples Liberation Army soldiers invaded Tibet. In 1954, he went to Beijing to talk peace with Mao Ze-Dong and other Chinese leaders, including Zhou En-Lai and Deng Xiao-Ping. However, his efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to Sino-Tib... ... middle of paper ... ...ww2.lucidcafe.com/lucidcafe/library/96jul/dalailama.html> Dalai Lama Aims to Split Motherland.
From there, it ended up in Japan. Buddhism went through several different periods before it became Japan's national religion. In indo Buddhism, the temple is the main sanctuary, in which services, both public and private, are performed but Japanese Buddhism is mainly hub of individual activities and services. Similarly to Japanese Buddhism, in Indo Buddhism the monastery is a complex of buildings, located usually in a spot chosen for its beauty and seclusion. Its function is to house the activities of the monks.
Quickly many Chinese began to convert to the new religion that was brought into china. In fact, Buddhism would become a central aspect to culture of the Chinese. Buddhism had a great impact on the Chinese, philosophers, and Chinese emperors. Additionally, Buddhism had a great influence on Chinese art, and Buddhism was the greatest foreign influence on the artwork of the Chinese. Chinese artist would mix their traditions, with other popular Buddhist art forms from places, such as India.
Many have a pull in learning to meditate, to overcome anxiety, stress, and to get closer with their spirituality. The interest in learning Buddhism is on the rise, Kadampa Buddhism offers many resources to learn about Buddhism and practicing meditation. Kadampa Buddhism was presented to the West in 1976, by Gesh Kelsang. Kelsang opened 1100 Buddhist center and study groups in 40 countries (Gyatso 4). Even though Buddhism originated from Northern India, it wasn’t limited to just one area, and spread its
Buddhism began to be popular throughout Asia alongside India. Buddhism has blossomed in the contemporary world, especially in the West. It is an issue to wonder what Buddhism offers that other religions cannot and has become so significant worldwide. Buddhism has become an idea that is widespread and the teachings of Buddha have made a real difference in many civilizations like India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and surprisingly Buddhism has come to make a significant difference in American culture. Buddhism has answers to many problems in the materialistic societies.
These teachings, based on his personal experience of Enlightenment, or Awakening, form the foundation of Buddhism. For every Buddhist the religion is both a discipline and a body of beliefs: that is, Buddhists share beliefs about the nature of the world and how to act within it. Budh in the Indian Sanskrit language means "to wake up, to know." Buddha means "the Awakened or Enlightened One," and all Buddhist teachings try to share the Buddha's experience of awakening to truth. Having led an “indulgent life as a young man,” (Stryk 15) Siddhartha Gautama decided to pursue “a course of bitter self-denial“(Stryk 18).