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51: Religion In Japan
... the Japanese culture is full of deviant behavior. In fact most people conform to those religion related norms and values. There are many different religions that find a home in the archipelago of Japan. Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Christianity. Christianity however, is a bit scarce in Japan. Less than two percent follow the teachings of Jesus. None of these religions play a major role in the everyday life of a typical Japanese citizen. Instead, they practice a “Folk Religion”, one that fuses elements of Shinto, Buddhism, Christianity, and Taoism. This “Folk Religion” is what influences Japanese holidays, weddings and funerals. The religion of Japan is a mosaic of religions, some are foreign, others are they’re own . Then they are all ... for blessings. Today in modern Japan, no one really believes in Shintoism, but the effects are present. Love of nature is present everywhere in Japanese culture. Architecture, art, landscaping, and poetry all express nature themes. Buddhism originated in India and was spread into Japan by the Chinese in the sixth century AD It focuses on honoring family ancestors and it promises the possibility of an afterlife in paradise. The family ...
52: Buddha
... the cycle of birth and death. He now casts off the ignorance, which has led his to great passion for his self and bounded him to the suffering of Samsara. This marks the beginning of Buddhism, when Siddhartha becomes the Buddha and his suffering and desires come to an end; he can now enter Nirvana. “There is a sphere which is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, not air…which is ... Do not be unchaste 5. Do not take drugs or drink intoxicants. The Buddha began attracting followers from all over India. Stories of his deeds began to spread even throughout other nations. The pupils of Buddhism were called monks and later nuns too and they developed a community called Sangha, where Buddha’s rules of conduct were followed. The Sangha was created for monks to preserve the teachings of karma and to let the monks concentrate on the goal to reach Nirvana. A monk agrees to give total commitment to Buddhism and to withdraw from the world to gain enlightenment; all men who were committed could enter Sangha. Their only possessions that were allowed were a beggar’s bowl, a needle, a razor, a strainer, ...
53: How Other Religions view Jesus
... the Christian religion. For Christians, for granted Jesus was the messiah. Other religions and people in our world do not agree upon this belief, in Jesus being the messiah though. Religions such as Muslim and Buddhism have very different beliefs. With these different beliefs comes differing in views of Jesus Christ. The question is therefore, “If Jesus is not viewed as the messiah, or the Son of God, how is He viewed in the religions of Muslim, and Buddhism?” Christians origin traces back to the same starting as the Jewish religion. The split in view occurs in the viewing of Jesus and what was the true significance in his presence on Earth. Christians view ... the chapter entitled Mary. The difference simply stated is that they feel Jesus was only a messenger of God: a great one but he is not viewed or believed to be the one true messiah. Buddhism a another religion of the world, has different beliefs that are different from Christianity. Buddhism arose from the Buddha Siddhartha Guatama, who after years of searching, came to enlightenment with intense concentration. Becoming a ...
54: Life After Death
... this puzzle is religion. Unlike science, dealing only with the material and tangible, traditional religion takes another view of our reality by recognizing the validity of metaphysical experiences. World's major religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity, as well as primal pagan ones, such as the Greek and Roman mythology, although quite different in basic fundamentals of belief, all attempt to give its followers an explanation of the world on ... 5) It is the twin doctrines of samsara and karma that make the meaning of death and the afterlife in Hinduism very different from the views offered by most other religions. Another major world religion, Buddhism, is also from the East. Like Hinduism, the term Buddhism refers to a diverse array of beliefs and practices and implies a degree of uniformity that does not exist. (Noss 157) After originating in India, Buddhism soon spread to various parts of Asia and ...
55: Japanese Aesthetics, Wabi-sabi
... influenced the traditional arts and aesthetics of Japan. For the purposes of this discussion, the focus will be on what remained essentially Japanese. Traditional Japanese art and aesthetics were most affected by the Chinese and Buddhism, but influences from the West are also evident. For example, the Japanese made no distinction between fine arts and crafts before the introduction of such ideas by Europeans in the 1870s. The Japanese word that ... a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble. It is the beauty of things unconventional. The concepts of wabi-sabi correlate with the concepts of Zen Buddhism, as the first Japanese involved with wabi-sabi were tea masters, priests, and monks who practiced Zen. Zen Buddhism originated in India, traveled to China in the sixth century, and was first introduced in Japan around the 12th century. Zen emphasizes "direct, intuitive insight into transcendental truth beyond all intellectual conception." At the ...
56: Cao Daiism
... message: Formerly, people lacked transportation and therefore did not know each other. I then founded at different epochs and in different areas, five branches of the Great Way: Religion of Humanity, Geniism, Christianity, Taoism and Buddhism, each based on the customs of the race. In present days, transportation has been improved, and people have come to know each other better. But people do not always live in harmony because of the ... this time, there was peace. When man was hungry, he ate; when thirsty, he drank -- nothing more (Do 22). When man began to lose his natural goodness, God sent down Moses (Christianity, Judaism, Dipankara Buddha (Buddhism), Thai Truong Dao To (Taoism), and Fu Hsi (Geniism). Greed continued to attack the soul of man, dragging him into the next era. The Era of "Progress," "Wars," or "Self-Destruction" was next, bringing about the Second Revelation. "Every man did what was right in his own eyes" (Do 23), causing utter chaos and evil. God revealed himself this time to Sakyamuni Buddha (Buddhism), Lao-Tzu (Taoism), Jesus Christ (Christianity), Muhammad (Islam), Khuong Thai Cuang (Geniism), and Confucius (Confucianism). While handfuls of people followed these prophets' teachings, the majority of the world went their own way towards utter ...
57: Buddhist Art--two Periods Of B
Two Periods of Buddhist Art in India Less than 1% of the population of modern India is Buddhist. Therefore, it is reasonable to say that India s importance for Buddhism and its art is mainly its historical influence. Not only is India the country where the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, lived and taught, but it is the land where the first images of the Buddha were ... from the Gupta Period will illustrate how aesthetic preferences of the culture influenced the sculpture of this period. By discussing the Gandharan Bodhisattva and Preaching Buddha from Sarnath, we can see that the art of Buddhism in India reflects the ideals and the sophisticated aesthetics of the varied regions and periods in which it flourished. In early Buddhist art, the Buddha was merely symbolized by a wheel, a bodhi tree, or ... period [AD 50-250], during the reign of Kanishka I, was the historic Buddha represented in human form. The creation of a Buddha image in human form corresponded to the theological changes influenced by Mahayana Buddhism taking place in the religion. Two distinct styles of sculpture emerged during the Kushan period, one associated with the region of Gandhara and the other with the city of Mathura in northern India. There ...
58: Political Economy Of The Ancient India
... deities, as seen in fertility cults, in the worship of mother goddesses, in the Sakta -Sakti cult, and in Tantrism. Less widespread but popular, particularly in the urban areas, were the more puritanical sects of Buddhism and Jainism and the bhakti tradition of Hinduism. A third level included classical Hinduism and more abstract levels of Buddhism and Jainism, with an emphasis on the major deities in the case of the first and on the teachings of the founders in the case of the latter two. It was this level, endorsed by ... first two, the more homely rituals and beliefs of which often crept into the third. This was the case particularly with Hinduism, the very flexibility of which was largely responsible for its survival. Forms of Buddhism, ranging from an emphasis on the constant refinement of doctrine, on the one hand, to an incorporation of magical fertility cults in its beliefs, on the other, faded out toward the end of this ...
59: Hsi Lai Temple
... us I didn't have any clue as to which Asian American religion was worth doing research on. As timed passed and more thought was given to the project I finally decided to go with Buddhism. The reason why I choose Buddhism as my topic is to allow me to relate more closely to the friends and family members who are Buddhist. In my family most of them are strong believers in Buddhism. As a child I never really understood the things that went on during time of prayer at my house in Taiwan. This is the main reason why I choose this particular religion to do ...
60: Confucianism
... religion has on a culture. It can have a major impact on the stability and growth of the economy, the people's family, and social lives. In the following essay, I will illustrate how Confucianism, Buddhism, Islamic, Judaism, and Christianity influenced different societies. Confucianism is a moral and religious system in China. It was a system of ethical principles for the management of society, combining etiquette, ritual, sympathy, and treating inferiors ... ideal situation to invent things that would change the world. Wallpaper, compass, paper, printing press, and toilet paper all came from China. Confucianism is the main reason China stayed together for so long. Unlike Confucianism, Buddhism is a religion centered on developing a person to reach a spiritual fulfillment. Under this philosophy, a person strives to reach Nirvana. Until a person has reached it, he or she will keep reliving his ... the practice of meditation and the observance of moral principles. According to Buddhist, desire is bad and it has to be eliminated because it is the root of all evil. Following the eight steps of Buddhism will allow a person to be free of these desires and reach inner peace. The eight steps are: 1) right views -all desires are bad 2) right intention -think unselfishly 3) right speech -speak ...

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