Buddhist Philosophy

  • The Buddhist Philosophy

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    Perhaps one of the biggest influences in Philosophy around the world is religion. Whether we know it or not, growing up with or without a religion, instills into us many philosophies that affect our views on life and it’s meaning is. In my own life I have been greatly impacted by Sikhism, which is the religion that I was born into. Although I did not choose to be born into it, the philosophies and ideas present in Sikhism it became a part of my reality. As I begin to study newer religions, I notice

  • The Philosophy Of Buddhist Mediation

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    mind-made. If we are experiencing suffering, it is because our minds created it, and only our minds have the power of relieving it. Buddhist meditation is the practice of transforming the mind through the cultivation of mindfulness, concentration, detachment, insight, and objectivity. My background in psychology made me interested in discussing the concept of Buddhist mediation due its immense focus on mastering the mind. It has the crucial transformative effect on the mind that leads to new perspectives

  • Masters and Gautama: A Synthesis of Buddhist Philosophy

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    Masters and Gautama: A Synthesis of Buddhist Philosophy Regardless of who we are or where we come from, we are unlucky enough to be subject to a world consisting of modifiers, pre-established social elements, systems of opinion and belief, which, though we may be unaware of them while they work their magic on us, ultimately serve to wrap us in a prison of thought. At the same time, there exist modifiers which may serve to free us. Depending on the right conditions, the time, we can be fortunate

  • Zen Buddhist Philosophy in Japanese Death Poems

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    Zen Philosophy in Japanese Death Poems: Dealing With Death Each and every culture follows a certain set of distinct practices that are distinct and specific to each individual culture. The common Western perception of Japan's ambiguous practices stems from the extreme difference in views correlated with the widespread lack of knowledge concerning the ancient culture steeped in tradition. Japan's widely Buddhist population is known for their calm acceptance of death as a part of life

  • Philosophy Of Buddhist Practice : The Eightfold Path And Four Noble Truths

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    One of the major teachings of Buddhist practice is the Eightfold Path and Four Noble Truths. Specifically, the Four Noble Truths are about the four steps that elaborate on suffering. According to our module five lecture notes, The Truths concludes; • The Truth of suffering (dukkha) • The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya) • The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha) • The truth of the path that frees from suffering (magga) Each one of these four truths explored the realization and understanding

  • Philosophy And Philosophy Of Buddhism

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    For most of us, when we hear the word Buddhism , we immediately think about just another religion in our big world, with approximately 6% of the world’s population considering themselves Buddhists. While this makes Buddhism the sixth largest religion worldwide, many Buddhists prefer to think of Buddhism more as a practice or a way of life than a religion. Religion is a very complex phenomenon, a set of beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human being and divinity

  • Neo-Confucianism Research Paper

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    between Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism?  Thesis: Although Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism revolve around original Confucian core values, Neo-Confucianism also has influences from Taoist and Buddhist culture; Neo-Confucianism adopted the idea of finding one's inner Dao from Taoist ideology and Buddhist morals of acting with self-spirituality. Theme: Belief systems- change and continuity over time.  Relationship Between Question and Theme: The focus question relates to the theme, belief systems-change

  • The 2500 Year Old Question

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    Buddhism: a religion or a philosophy; there seems to definitive description of one of the most popular doctrines in the world. With more than 375 million followers worldwide, Adherents.com ranks Buddhism as the fourth largest religion in the world. Such a following, however, begs the question: is Buddhism truly a religion, or is it more closely related to a philosophy? I, as a Buddhist, am confronted with this question quite often, and have difficulty defining it myself. To make the segregation of

  • Evil Is Driving the Wheel of Life

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    and evil are not figments of the mind or the subjective creations of men; they are inherent in creation.” (Kinneging 256) Concepts of good and evil conform to absolute perception in western cultural philosophy. Buddhist philosophy has a different perception concerning good and evil. Buddhist philosophy illustrates the path to an enlightened soul using the Bhavacakra, or “Wheel of Life”, a representation of saṃsāra, or the cyclic existence. The center of this wheel contains the “Roots of Evil” - represented

  • buddhism

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    history, politics, and America Zen, or Zenno (as it is known by the Japanese word from which it derives), is the most common form of Buddhism practiced in the world today. All types of people from intellectuals to celebrities refer to themselves as Buddhist, but despite its popularity today in America, it has had a long history throughout the world. "Here none think of wealth or fame, All talk of right and wrong is quelled. In Autumn I rake the leaf-banked stream, In spring attend the nightingale

  • Incorporating Tibetan Buddhism into Modern Psychotherapy

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    different forms of Eastern philosophy and its use in psychotherapy (Spretnak 2). One such philosophy that has been growing in popularity throughout the West is Tibetan Buddhism. I believe that Western society has reached a point where we must try something new in order to help increase the happiness of its citizens and that Tibetan Buddhism may hold the answer. After studying and examining the similarities and differences between Buddhist and Western psychotherapy philosophies and goals, there is strong

  • Philosophical Foundation of Ecological Ethics

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    Philosophical Foundation of Ecological Ethics ABSTRACT: Principles of Buddhist philosophy central to the formation of an ecological paradigm of mentality include a dynamic vision of the world, a system of relative truth apart from dogmas, a moral foundation for scientific knowledge, an emphasis on nonviolence and the absence of repressive scientific methods, and the progressive movement of the intellect to Universal Consciousness which postulates the unity of microcosm and macrocosm. The comparative

  • DBQ

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    the collapse of the Han Dynasty in 2020 CE, China experienced a period of disunity and political instability. During this time, Buddhist beliefs spread to and throughout china. Traditional Chinese philosophies were abandoned such as Confucianism and attention was drawn to Buddhism for comfort. After the Tang dynasty restored political order and structure, some Buddhist supporters remained but government officials rejected the practice of Buddhism and wanted to root out this “evil” and completely

  • The Teachings Of The Buddha

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    Through the teachings of the Buddha, Buddhist adherents are given the direction to which points to the ideal way of living. These teachings allow adherents to build Karma and work their way to enlightenment by eliminating desire. As adherents follow core Buddhist beliefs such as the Noble Eightfold path, and the 5 Precepts, they walk the “middle way”, as well as quench desire, and achieve the ultimate goal of Nirvana. These teachings come in the form of sacred writings, of the Tripitaka or the Pali

  • A Comparison of Budhhist and Confucionism

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    There is only one similarity: teaching a person well. Buddhist belief takes one toward enlightenment, while Confucianism teaches good conduct. Both belief, culture destroyed and deprecated by the Chinese Communist regime during the Great Cultural Revolution. A Chinese man found Confucianism, but an Indian man found Buddhism. These quick comparisons show how the religions differ, but more detailed comparisons you’ll read throughout the essay. A man named Confucius founded Confucianism; which

  • happiness

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    Is happiness a result of good grades? Is happiness love? Is happiness material worth? What is happiness to you? It is said that if you believe in the luck of the draw as means to find your happiness, then your beliefs are based from ancient Greek philosophy and if you believe in the pursuit of happiness, chasing after what you think makes you happy, then your beliefs are anchored in the era of Enlighten during the post-revolutionary war of American culture. The way people view happiness has its roots

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    There is almost no doubt that there is a relationship between psychology and philosophy. Indeed, many people actually considering that the philosophies related to and concerned with the mind and thought are the precursor to modern psychology. Of course, most of these philosophies were decidedly western, or popular in the west. However, the problem with our western views of consciousness in philosophy and psychology is that often times the way we view the conscious process leads to a so-called

  • The Spread of Buddhism

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    The Spread of Buddhism Buddhism is a philosophy, a moral code, and, for some a religious faith which originated in 530 BC in India. Buddhism evolved as a modification of Hinduism when Hinduism started to become very complicated due to too many sacrifices in the name of God. Today, an estimated 300 million people follow one of the many varieties of Buddhism. Budda, or Siddhartha Guatama which means "the awakened one" had the religion named after him because he founded the ideas behind Buddhism

  • Notions of Selflessness in Sartrean Existentialism and Theravadin Buddhism

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    to be brief, I have decided to select specific aspects of what is commonly called the Theravadin tradition as being representative of Buddhist philosophy. By choosing to look primarily at the Theravadin tradition, I am by necessity ignoring a vast number of other Buddhist approaches. However, in my view, the Theravadin sect presents a consistent Buddhist philosophy which is representative of many of the major trends within Buddhism. In this essay, I shall briefly examine the relationship between

  • Defining and Exploring Buddhism

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    Defining and Exploring Buddhism Buddhism is one of the major world religions, it is recognized in most countries as a religion, no-one has yet considered that maybe it is a philosophy. We define a religion as having six things, these are: belief in a God, a place of worship, Holy Scriptures or books, rules or guidelines, rites of passage and festivals or special days. So in order to determine Buddhism as a religion we must identify that it has all of these characteristics

  • Buddhism And Buddhist Sculptures

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    and subject matter of Buddhist art. Art is a vital component of many religions; it can be used to educate and convey important religious principles to a practitioner. In this case, Buddhist art is commonly used as an object to help focus in meditation, which is a key element in the practice of the religion.1 In order to understand and interpret Buddhist sculptures we must have an understanding of the subject matter and the religious significance of the art itself. Buddhist practitioners are supposed

  • The Buddhas Four Noble Truths: A Logical Basis For Philosophy

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    The Buddha's Four Noble Truths: A Logical Basis for Philosophy      The Buddha Shakyamuni was born in the 6th century BCE in the area presently known as Nepal. During his 80 year lifetime, he systematically developed a pragmatic, empirically based philosophy which he claimed would lead its followers towards an enlightened existence. Buddhism is commonly called a religion; however, it differs from the usual definition of a religion in that it has no deities, does not promote

  • Buddhism And Its Expression Of India And Japan

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    today. It was founded the Indian subcontinent, in what is today Nepal, and soon spread throughout all of Asia and eventually, the world. While defined as a religion, some claim that Buddhism is more of a philosophy; a way of life that can be adhered to alongside other religions and philosophies. It is, however, as vast and complex as any other world religions, and, henceforth, will be referred to as such. Buddhism is an interesting religion that is very distinct from its western counterparts. It

  • What Is Religion? My Opinion

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    practiced and lived. How religion and sacred rituals impact our world and culture today. To better understand the essentials of religion, I find it necessary to define religion by highlighting key rituals, practices, traditions, and beliefs of the Buddhist and Islamic faith in conjunction with my own. Religion defined by Merriam-Webster is the belief in God or in a group of gods; an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods; an interest, a belief, or

  • Korean History: Korean Buddhism

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    into the Korean society in early years, it was not accepted until many years later. After acceptance, Korean Buddhism began to grow, develop and spread throughout the country. With Buddhism, came many distinctive aspects. These very distinctive Buddhist characteristics have influenced Korean culture throughout the different time periods in many ways such as art, architecture, spiritual civilization, and Korean society as a whole. Buddhism was first introduced into Korean society by China during

  • Buddhism : The Middle Path

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    becoming popular in western countries for a number of reasons and already popular in Eastern countries, Buddhism is on a rise to enlighten the world. Buddhism gives many the answers to the practices or the way of life that leads to true happiness. As a Buddhist you get to teach yourself a deep understanding of the human mind through meditation and therapies. With the many different types of special holidays and ancient traditions, Buddhism has served through the ages while managing to become among the more

  • Viewing A Work Of Art

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    understanding and selflessness. As the central figure of the religion, the Buddha is a prominent figure in much of Buddhist artwork. Based on the fundamental principles of the religion, however, it would seem that his image is not meant to provoke idolatry in his followers. Instead, it is much more likely that the image of the Buddha is meant to remind the followers of his philosophy. The identifiable visuals in the Buddha assist in doing this, as they directly point to aspects of the religion that

  • Finding clarity in Buddhism, Christianity, and Philosophy

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    Finding clarity in Buddhism, Christianity, and Philosophy There are many things in life that work to guide us to ultimate transcendence. Philosophy and Theology (specifically Buddhism and Christianity) each employ different concepts for allowing people passage to some harmonious place. Although each following is, in part, correct in their assumption of how to sustain a meaningful life, I find that the only religion that is relevant in dictating my personal transcendence is a particular way

  • The Response to the Spread of Buddhism in China Differed According to One's Social Position

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    is barbaric because it does not conform to any Chinese laws or Confucian teachings (Doc. 4). As a Confucian scholar, he favored the relationship between “sovereign and subject” and traditional dress. He did not want these Chinese ways destroyed by Buddhist beliefs. Similarly, in document 6, Tang Emperor Wu speaks about the damage Buddhism has done to his people, ways and life. He says the mass conversions to Buddhism has affected his social structure by increasing the number of monks and decreasing

  • Confucianism, Daoism, And Buddhism

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    philosophical traditions are stated in the Analects in Confucian philosophy, the Tao Te Ching in Daoist philosophy, and the Platform Sutra for Buddhist philosophy. The specific beliefs in regard to language are stated in relation to its role in the overarching principles societal relations. The perception of language in Confucianism is rooted in the relationship between words and their meanings. The definitions of key words in Confucian philosophy are vague since they represent broad terms and relationships

  • Chinese Nationalism And Chinese Anti Buddhist Persecution

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    Chinese Taoism, and the Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution in the Tang Dynasty Writings of Han Yu This East Asian study will define the historical and literary elements of Chinese xenophobia, the regionalism of Chinese Taoism, and the importance of The Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution in the writings of Han Yu. Han Yu (768-824) defines the religious xenophobia that is attributed to Chinese culture during the Tang Dynasty, which reflects the policies of the Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution under Emperor Wuzong

  • A Comparison of Western and Eastern Conceptions of Human Nature

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    and understood in the thinking of Karl Marx, and specifically in relation to his conceptions of the nature of humanity. From this point it will then perhaps be possible to set this conception of reality and humanity in contrast with Buddhist doctrine. Marx saw human nature as a historical phenomenon. This stemmed from his adoption of the ‘dialectic’ a method taken from his main philosophical influence, the famous ‘German Idealist’, Georg Hegel. The Dialectic of society

  • Essay On The Dalai Lama

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    has attracted significant figures, including Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela and many more. The Dalai Lama is not only popular for his escape nor books, but for the leadership role he has partaken in society and his participation in Buddhist practices and through the years has taught global peace, happiness, political and environmental concerns. Biography of The Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama was born in Takster, Amdo, northeastern Tibet on 6th of July, 1935. His birth name is Lhamo Dobdrub

  • Different Concepts Of Liberating Themselves From ' Samsara ' And The Suffering That Comes With It

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    In both Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, they follow and focus on similar yet different concepts of liberating themselves from ‘Samsara’ and the suffering that comes with it. Samsara in both Hindu and Buddhist philosophies is the endless cycle of death and rebirth. So, the end goal is to work towards the enlightenment from this cycle. Though the two concepts are similar in that the goal is the same, the two have distinctive and important differences on how they view this “release” from the rebirth-death

  • Essay #5

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    In this paper I will discuss the Buddhist conception of what the “human problem” is and the ethical prescriptions that the Buddhist use to correct it. I will also talk about the meaning of dukkha and how it motivates Buddhist teachings. I will also write about my opinions on Buddhist teaching and whether I agree or disagree with them. First, I will explain Buddhist belief and their view on the “human problem”. Buddhist tell the story of the experience of Buddha and how he came up with their systems

  • The Buddhist Ethics Of The Buddha And Followers

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    believed that ‘life is complex and there is suffering’. Therefore, the Buddhist ethical teaching contains principles and practices to help one to improve their behaviours to remove suffering in life. ‘Ethics is a system of moral principles’, it involves individuals and societies making moral decisions. Buddhist derive their ethical codes from the narrative, doctrine and experiential of the Buddha and followers. It is believed that Buddhist ethics emphasize the framework of virtues, deontology and consequentialism

  • The Great Vehicle: Mahayana Buddhism

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    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

  • An Account on Zen Buddhism and Contemporary Western Society

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    reality and ultimately life. One of the main historical thinkers responsible for the manifestation of Zen is Dogen Zenju. He established the importance of meditation, as the principle vehicle for mindfulness. Furthermore, Dogen established that, “the Buddhist practice is simply the meditational practice of realizing enlightenment”, or also referred to as zazen (Koller, 278). This practice provides an individual with the knowhow to release all aversion in the world, which leads to suffering. Dogen ‘s

  • An Account on Zen Buddhism and Contemporary Western Society

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    experience. It is to be lived” which defines this situation, in the sense that the Zen master is living his life through his own enlightenment, and has come to the full realization of emptiness in accord with the universe (Koller, 286). A classic Buddhist story is that of the Ox and the Oxherd. One must understand that in accordance to Zen individuals must realize enlightenment within, thus, “breaking through the veils of construction that hide the true self and reality” (Koller, 289). This is achieved

  • The History of the Psychedelic Movement

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    influx of Buddhist philosophy and the psychedelic counter-culture movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The subject, although highly specific, has nonetheless generated intellectual interest substantial enough to warrant a sub-field of study, in terms of Buddhist/American History examination. This paper will focus on the thought of the main harbingers of this movement, specifically Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, and Dr. Timothy Leary. This study will also examine the corruptions of classical Buddhist philosophy

  • Following in the Ways of Zen Buddhism

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    the first Buddhist I ever met. That is to say I fell in love with a man who is a Buddhist. I, however, am not a Buddhist. I have faith in what I find to be right rather than committing to a religion that I would not wholeheartedly believe in. It would seem that a difference in our spiritual practices may be a strain on our relationship, but in truth our faith lies in similar areas. The biggest difference between us is that I lack the knowledge and self discipline to be a practicing Buddhist. In loving

  • Essay On Death And Afterlife

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    are essential for Buddhist philosophy. What happens to the individual after death is a topic for endless speculations. Nevertheless all of them are connect to the Buddhists understanding of life as a dukkha, the suffering that is caused by cravings, unsatisfactory desires and worldly attachments. What does death mean for the individual it the context of such existence? Is it final cessation of being or liberation of the self? And what is this “self” that is going to die? Buddhists believe that individual

  • The Buddhist Tradition

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    The Buddhist Tradition Buddhism is a timeless tradition that has its origins dating back to before the birth of Christ. Founded by the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, the tradition follows basic principles such as the belief in the "Three Marks of Existence", the "Four Noble Truths", and the concept of dependent co-origination. The Buddha, "or enlightened one", taught a unique form of philosophy. Within his doctrine of the "Four Noble Truths", Buddha proclaimed that suffering could be stopped

  • Analysis Of The Poem ' The Precious Garland '

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    Nagarjuna’s detailed explanation of the Buddhist philosophy of emptiness. Achary Nagarjuna, an Indian philosopher contributed the development of Buddhism. Acharya was born a Hindu but later he converted to Buddhism. He is the founder of the school of Buddhism known as Madhyamaka, or the “The Middle Path”. “The Precious Garland” verses are addressed to an ancient Indian King named Satavahana. Buddhism and Christianity have the same concepts of the self and human nature. Buddhist and Christians believed in after

  • Nietzsche On Buddhism

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    the world as illusory and merely apparent, instead looking to an underlying reality for value and meaning. Its stated goals seem to be negative and escapist, Nietzsche sometimes seems to praise certain aspects of Buddhist teaching—and some of his own core ideas bear a resemblance to Buddhist doctrine. What exactly is Nietzsche’s evaluation of Buddhism? Is it merely unmitigated nihilism, or is there positive value to be found in Buddhism? There is also good reason to believe that Nietzsche’s knowledge

  • Buddhism Is A Philosophy For Living

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    adherents, Buddhism is a philosophy for living. Buddhaghosa’s statement reflects that of Buddhist’s principal teachings on the 5 Precepts, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path to reach Nirvana and achieve Enlightenment which were also central to the teachings and explicit way of life of the XIV Dalai Lama. Dogen’s statement places great emphasise on meditation highlighting that Buddhism as not only practical but as an adaptable religion endowed with philosophies of a simplistic life, demonstrating

  • Hinduism And Buddhism In Southeast Asia

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    influence of Indian culture. Buddhism originated in Southeast Asia from aspects of preexisting religions. It was founded specifically in India by Siddhartha Gautama or the Buddha who lived in Northern India from 6th to the mid-4th centuries. This philosophy played a social, spiritual and cultural life of Asia. Buddhism took three major forms that include: Theravada, Hinayana (the Lesser Vehicle), and \ Mahayana. For example, Theravada focuses on public worship, discourse and celebration. Theravada

  • A path to spiritual discovery

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    path to spiritual discovery (8). Being Buddhism, a non-theistic religion, their disciples follow the monotheistic doctrine demonstrating they believe in only one deity. Siddhartha Gautama, mostly known as Buddha––the enlightened––, is the one deity Buddhists believe in. As Wangu writes, Siddhartha practiced severe self-denial and meditation before he could reach Nirvana (state of mind that ends the path of suffering) (8). Siddhartha came to the conclusion that in order to reach Nirvana one should be

  • Personality And Christianity : Meditation In Christianity And Buddhism

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    The purpose is to investigate the following; “Meditation in Christianity and Buddhism are different pathways leading to the same destination.” Buddhism is a philosophy than a religion was originated about 2,500 years ago in India and about 376 million followers worldwide. Prince Siddhartha Gotama (Buddha) worshipped for years to enlighten himself and found a “middle way” between his two lives, meaning finding moderation and balancing life’s extremes. Whereas, Christianity has about 2.4 billion

  • A Life of Celibacy; Buddhism and Sex

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    The religion has guidelines in two forms in which Buddhist followers must follow. These are the Four Noble Truths and the Eight fold Path. Buddha taught that man is a slave to his ego and that the cause of suffering is desire, essentially the way to end suffering is to overcome desire. Buddhist views toward sex are those constituting that it is a natural part of human life, but also something that is associated with craving. As the Buddhist path involves overcoming these cravings this also means