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11: Buddhism
Buddhism For over 2000 years Buddhism has existed as an organized religion. By religion we mean that it has a concept of the profane, the sacred, and approaches to the sacred. It has been established in India, China, Japan and other eastern cultures for almost 2000 years and has gained a strong foothold in North America and Europe in the past few centuries. However, one might ask; what fate would Buddhism face had Siddartha Guatama been born in modern times; or more specifically in modern day North America? Would his new found enlightenment be accepted now as it was thousands of years ago? Would it ...
12: Comparing Buddhism and Christianity
Comparing Buddhism and Christianity I will attempt to do this, but please bear in mind that my knowledge of Christianity is not that profound and my personal views will inevitably prevail to some degree. I believe in ... forced to conclude that they are hugely incompatible and that very few people will be able to accept both. In other words, and in my opinion, a person who is attracted to (and happy with) Buddhism is likely to be a very different kind of person than one who is attracted to (and happy with) Christianity. And that the two will have very little in common. While both these religious systems ... whereas Buddhists believe this is not possible and that only through personal effort can good be produced and bad reduced in the life of an individual. 'We save ourselves' is very much the message of Buddhism. In any case, Christians actually say no-one can be saved except through Christ. Which appears a little egotistic, to say the least. Buddhists do assert that certain saintly and highly gifted people exist ...
13: Nichiren Shoshu and Buddhism
Nichiren Shoshu and Buddhism Buddhism was founded by Nichiren Daishonin around 1253 in Japan, also known as the Hokke or Lotus sects of Japanese Buddhism, teaches that Faith in Lotus sutra is the only source and sole requirement of salvation. He was born in 1222 in Kominato, Japan, the son of a fisherman. For years he studied and trained ...
14: Taoism and Buddhism
Taoism and Buddhism Taoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China. The other religion native to China is Confucianism. Both Taoism and Confucianism began at about the same time, around the sixth century B.C.E. China's third great religion, Buddhism, came to China from India around the second century of the common era. Together, these three faiths have shaped Chinese life and thought for nearly twenty-five hundred years (Hartz 3). One dominate concept in Taoism and Buddhism is the belief in some form of reincarnation. The idea that life does not end when one dies is an integral part of these religions and the culture of the Chinese people. Reincarnation, life ...
15: Buddhism
Buddhism By: Megan Mason Buddhism Buddhism is probably the most tolerant religion in the world, as its teachings can coexist with any other religions. Buddhism has a very long existence and history, starting in about 565 B.C. with the ...
16: Buddhism And The Poetry Of Jac
Buddhism and the Poetry of Jack Kerouac For we all go back where we came from, God s Lit Brain, his Transcendent Eye of Wisdom And there s your bloody circle called Samsara by the ignorant ... saw himself as a modern day sage or bodhisatva, discovering the essence of the void and using his literature as a record of these discoveries. His body of work is a wonderful example of integrating Buddhism into the daily life and thought of a man living in a western culture. Kerouac could not help but find religion in every aspect of his waking day. Every thing or person he encountered or ... Throughout his career Kerouac wrote several volumes of poetry, all of which deal with using the poetic medium to express the profound and concentrated spiritual composition of everything. Much of this poetry deals specifically with Buddhism. Kerouac was a devoted student of the Buddhist way and would often impress his peers with his knowledge of the Sutras and other Buddhist texts and ideas. This is particularly interesting when it is ...
17: What is Buddhism?
What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a path of teaching and practice. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition ... taught of the enlightment, and the chain has continued on to this present day. The Buddha was not a God, and he made no claim to divinity. There is no concept of a creator in Buddhism. He was a human being who, thought tremendous efforts, transformed himself. The state of Enlightenment which he reached has three main facets. It is a state of wisdom, of insight into the true nature ...
18: Origins Of Buddhism
... the followers of that religion. For instance, a Catholic goes to Church and prays to the same God as the person sitting beside them. There are many Eastern religions where that is not the case. Buddhism, one of the world's oldest religions, is one such instance. Buddhism, in fact, stresses a more individual approach to spirituality. In 563 B.C., in India, a man named Siddartha Guatama was born into the ruling family of the Sakya people. Because of his elevated position ... thirty-five, Siddartha had achieved true enlightenment and earned the title Buddha(awakened one). He was the fourth man recorded to have done so, but is credited with the creation of the Buddhist religion. Today Buddhism is one of the most commonly practiced Eastern religions. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Its characteristics are simple and strive only for spiritual enlightenment. The critical element of Buddhism is what ...
19: Buddhism
Buddhism Buddhism has a very long drawn out origination starting in about 565 B.C. with the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. The religion has guide lines in two forms in which Buddhist followers must follow the "Four ... many weeks. This experience made Gautama feel a desire to share his knowledge with others and he did so very well, as a preacher and a teacher until his death in about 483 B.C. Buddhism is a lot like other Indian religions based upon the beliefs. Such as the beliefs in reincarnation, dharma, karma and Nirvana. But mostly in Raja Yoga the profound meditation which holds the key to ...
20: Buddhism And The Six Point Att
In explaining Buddhism, one must first understand Hinduism from which Buddhism grew. Buddhism is a reaction against Hinduism as protestant is against Catholicism. According to The World s Religions by Houston Smith, there are six aspects of religion that appear so often that a suggestion can be ...

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