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Buddhism Essay Examples

Monkey: Journey to the west

...The Monkey desires to be immortal, however Confucianism recognizes death to be one of the most important times in ones life. Monkey decides that he must explore the ends of the world in order to find a way to get around death and reincarnation because he is not happy with the ways on the three religions. His journey leads him across oceans and over mountains to the Cave of the Slanting Moon where the immortal Patriarch lives. Monkey decides to become a student of the Patriarch in order to gain h...

King Devanampiyatissa

...During the reign of king Asoka of india,Srilanka was ruled by king Tissa who was the second son of kung Muthaseeva. King Asoka and King Tissa were very close friends. Kung Tissa sent delegation to meet kingAsoka with several gifts. The leader of that group was Prince Maha Aritta who was the nephew of King Tissa. This delegation was ceremoniously received by Emperor Asoka. This delegation spent about 5 months in India. King Asoka sent back alarge collection of precious onaments required in a coro...

“A Flowering of faith: Christianity and Buddhism”

...These were known as the important principles in Buddhism. The four truths are best understood, not as beliefs, but as categories of experience. They more so discussed what we call cause and effect, i.e. the truth about stress is suffering. When dealing with their similarities the main thing they had in common was the enormous faith in them through their disciples. In conclusion, like Jesus, The Buddha set out to teach nothing but good to his people. They both spoke about helping the sick, wisdom...

Social Philosophical Thoughts and Contributions of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

...In this presentation I have made an attempt to present some of the social thoughts and contributions of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, a great personality, a revolutionary, a great fighter for the respect and dignity denied to the shudras, untouchables and the pariahs. By his relevant questions he challenged the divinity and the infallibility of the Hindu Shastras which created the society of inequality. According to him a religion which does not contribute to the individual and social wellbeing is of no u...

Wesak Festival

... The abundance of Buddhists celebrates Wesak in a variety of ways and in a substantial amount of countries are all celebrating the same cause, the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. The fact that the majority of them are spread apart and across the world from each other displays how far Buddhism has spread to become a significant cultural and religious part of the universe. Individually and as a Buddhist community many countries including China, Singapore, Thailand, and Sri Lanka cele...

Reflection paper On Buddhism

...3. The temptation from Mara and his hordes. The story of a god or deity that tempts the hero in the story is common in religions for examples Satan temps Jesus while he is in the desert for 40 days in the Christian religion. I think that this story is meant to teach the householders that there will always be temptations in life and that if you do not give in to these temptations you will prosper and good things will happen to you. In Buddha’s case after he rejected the temptations he reached e...

Ashoka country/region: India Lifespan

...Ashoka's military power was so strong that he was able to crush those empires that went to war against him. Ashoka also planted trees in his empire and his neighboring countries. Ashoka was perhaps the first emperor in human history to ban slavery, hunting, fishing and deforestation. Ashoka also banned the death sentence and asked the same for the neighboring countries. Ashoka commanded his people to serve the orders of their elders parents and religious monks. Ashoka also recommended his people...

Ajanta Caves

...The Archeological Survey of India board outside the caves gives the following detail about cave 4 : "This is the largest monastery planned on a grandiose scale but was never finished.An inscription on the pedestal of the buddha's image mentions that it was a gift from a person named Mathura and paleographically belongs to 6 th century A.D. It consists of a verandah , a hypostylar hall, sanctum with an antechamber and a series of unfinished cells.The sanctum houses a colossal image of Lord buddha...

Personal Reflection Essay for Trip to Buddhist Temple

...All in all, I can definitely say that this was a positive experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in this service and felt very welcomed throughout the entire service. I was impressed by the reaction the people had to the meditation and felt as though I learned a lot from the trip as a whole. Although this may not be my religion of choice, I felt as though I benefited a great deal from expanding my knowledge on the Buddhist temple services and would definitely not be...

Tourism in nepal

...Tourism Sector plays a vital role for increase the GDP of Nepal. Although the main source of economic sustenance is agriculture, the tourist industry employs around 42% of the total working population of Nepal. The major religion in Nepal is Hinduism, and the Pashupatinath Temple, the world's largest temple of Shiva which is located in Kathmandu, attracts many pilgrims and tourists. Other Hindu pilgrimage site include the temple complex in Swargadwari located in the Pyuthan district, lake Gosain...

Asoka: Ruthless Conqueror or Enlightened Ruler?

...All of the documents together shape Asoka to be a very enlightened ruler. He always put the best interest of the people first and wished to educate them on the peace-seeking of Buddha. In order to better understand Asoka's true personality, characteristics, humane and nature, it would be of great convenience to be provided with an additional document from a civilian whom lived during the time of Asoka's ruling and walking past the edicts everyday. It would be very insightful to get into their th...

Eastern and Western Philosophy Comparison

...The Western philosopher that I felt Rene Descartes made the most compelling argument. Descartes believed that he could prove to himself that objects exists outside the mind (McGraw & Hill, 2008). He also set to prove that God exists also. Descartes came up with three reasons to prove Gods existence. The Second proof that he came up with he stated,” I exists as a thing that has an idea” (McGraw & Hill, 2008). He also concluded with the second proof that means that God has to exists. M...

Hinduism and Buddhism vs. Confucianism and Taoism

...Li governs customs, ceremonies, and relationships established by human practice over the ages; and jen is realized through li. Jen is the ground of li; what makes li a standard of conduct is the fact that it is in accord with jen. Customs and regulations not in accord with jen are not really li. By li, we tame our unruly impulses and transform them into civilized expressions of human nature: that is, li is the means by which our humanity (jen) can be evoked and developed. "... Li is the principl...

Cultural heritage in Thai Buddhism

...Rebuilding Buddhism: The Theravada Movement in 20th Century Nepal / David N. Geller/Sarah LeVine, December 2005, Harvard University Press, USAEngaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia / Christopher S. Queen/Sallie B. King, April 1996, State University of New York Press, New York, USAWomen's Buddhism, Buddhism's women : tradition, revision, renewal / edited by Ellison Banks Findly, 2000, Wisdom Publications, Boston, USAThai Buddhism, its Rites and Activies / Kenneth Wells, 1975, Sur...

Compare and Contrast the spread of Christianity and Buddhism

...Buddhism believed in nirvana and Christianity believed in heaven and hell. All in all, Buddhism and Christianity have many different beliefs and roots that each contributed to their diffusion. Buddhism and Christianity are two of today’s major world religions, but they each gained followers in many different ways. Spreading from Eastern Asia to Europe, both religions influenced a variety of people and groups as they spread their beliefs. With the help of missionaries, they each continued to im...

Compare and Contrast Buddhism and Christianity

...Buddhists do not share most of the core beliefs of historical Christianity. Buddhism does not completely reject the Hinduism Gods, it does not see them necessary. At the same time, Christianity has its one and only God, who comes in three faces, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The Christian founder, Jesus Christ was the Son of The Father, God, while the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama was a normal human being, who achieved enlightenment through meditation and later on was referr...

Comparing & Contrasting: Cambodians & Filipinos

...Most of the Cambodians believe in the religion Buddhism. They would take daily walks to the temple to light incenses, bring food for their deceased family member or monks. May 15th is a major holiday in the Cambodian culture, the day when their holy god they worship in the name of Buddha was born, the day he was enlightened, and the day he died. The way Cambodians greet a Buddha or monk is that they would put their palms together and bow for their respect. Cambodian New Year is also a major Camb...

Spread of Buddhism in China DBQ

...Even if the Buddha is not mentioned in them, what occasion is there for suspicion” (Document 3). (??? ) A leading Buddhist scholar named Zong Mi compares the teachings of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism and says “all three teachings lead to the creation of an orderly society and for this they must be observed with respect” (Document 5). In conclusion during the 1st century to the 9th, the views of Buddhism’s diffusion in China consist of those who accept it, oppose it, and believe in ...

"Little Buddha" Summary and Review

...Every time an artist steps out of the lines, it is considered controversial. Controversial pieces of art always seem to follow one of four paths: 1: They are argued about, then forgotten; 2: They are argued about, then rejected; 3: They are argued about forever; and 4: They are argued about, and then become famous masterpieces. If you want to create a famous work of art, you have to step outside of the lines, you have to be creative, you have to dare to be controversial, and then you have to hop...

Karma in Bhagavad-Gita and Shakuntala

...Because of their social status in the society, their dharma becomes more demanding and regulating. Both show a pleasurable sense of life and their religion guides them not to end up tragically. Both value knowledge as means to salvation and liberation. In _Shakuntala,_ the trial which she brings upon herself matures her in the knowledge of love and prepares her for the life which she is destined to live (Yohannan, 1994). In _Bhagavad- Gita_, "knowledge is obscured" (3rd: 39), therefore Krishna t...

Similarities and Differences of China and India

...Unlike China, India, has connections with other neighboring civilizations for trade. Some of the products they traded were cotton, silk, and salt. Trade made India very wealthy. But due, to all their connections, they couldn't help but get influenced by others, like for, their religion, they got the idea of Hinduism from the Aryans. This evidence is important because this allows you to compare the difference on how differently both China and India developed. The geographical features of both civ...

Shinto Illustration

...In its present form; Shinto is characterized less by religious doctrine or belief than by the observance of popular festivals, traditional ceremonies, and customs, many involving pilgrimages to shrines. Currently, there is no dogmatic and no formulated code of morals (Infoplease.com, 2014). However, Shinto practice is usually wherever large Japanese communities exist. The common religious practice that still exists today are worship at Shrines, Celebration of the New Year, Observance of the seas...

Mystical and Numinous Religious Experience

...Conclusion My smart distinction between the two religion lies within their within their believe system. This is because they initially shared a common religion before the breakup. It’s also emphasized by the fact that they all share a common sub continent, above this they all share same physical features. References Smart, N. (1983). Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs, 3rd Ed. New York: Scribner’s Eastman, R. (1999). The Ways of Religion, An Introduction to the Major Tra...

Buddhism Versus Greek Mythology

...As a consequence, Buddhists thought that nature and man are one while Greeks were taught to be above nature and manipulate it in any way possible. Buddhists lived in ultimate peace while the ancient Greeks lived in love of carnage. The Buddhist outlook on nature is derived from the belief that man is one with nature whereas the original Greek outlook is derived from the thought that man is above nature. Nature is the essence of the world, the aura of everything around people. These two cultures,...

Dalai Lama

...Through his rhetoric and speeches he has adapted the Buddhist teachings in a contemporary context, causing a direct impact on the Buddhist stance on current ethics. His teachings are not based solely on the concerns of the problems of Tibet but rather he makes a plea to all people to have a sense of compassion and justice. The Dalai Lama set out to use life as an example, because he knew what he was doing was correct and he presented his beliefs in a way, which would empower others to do the sam...

Zen Buddhism

...Zen has blended with Japanese society, and culture, influencing thought, art, and expression. Because of the influence of Zen Buddhism, Japanese arts have developed around the ideals of simplicity, practicality, and emptiness. An example of the ideals of Zen Buddhism can be found in the practice of the koan. A koan is a question that cannot be easily answered with logic, meditated on and answered in a way that demonstrated the understanding of the principle lesson of the koan, rather than explai...

Ashoka Maurya’s Conversion to Buddhism: Effect on the History of India

...I desire that they be provided with complete welfare and happiness in this world" (Kalinga RE 1). India for him was now a large family over whom he presided with the Buddhism as his guide. The concept of dharma was not solitary to Buddhism alone. Hindus, Jains and other popular sects at that time included a code of ethics. Dharma was part of the currency of ethical norms propounded by various teachers (Thapar 32). What made Ashoka unique was that as the most powerful man on the Indian subcontine...

Spread of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam

...The Islam development was enhanced by the establishment of mosques and it is considered that in human history no other religion has rapidly spread so far like Islam. Conclusion Despite the different places and period in time the three universal religions spread across. The fact remains that they used the same means in the development of their faith. The willingness of the religions to change through incorporating and adapting the beliefs and traditions of the local communities boosted the spread...

Jainism and Buddhism: A Comparative Study

...London: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 331pp. Rebello, I. Indian Culture and Civilization. Bangalore: Prakasha Sahitya, 1978. 238pp. Seshiengar, A. Studies in Indian Culture. Bangalore: Sri Rama, 1973. Solomon, Robert C. & Higgins, Kathleen M. A Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press US, 1999. 137pp. Mahayana. Encyclop? dia Britannica Premium Service, 2004. 19 April 2009 http://www. religionfacts. com/buddhism/sects/mahayana. htm Buddhist...

The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

...His studying of Buddhist philosophy finally pays off. There are many complications and sufferings Ray goes through in order to follow the Buddhist philosophy of all life is suffering and suppression of suffering can be achieved. At last, with the help of Japhy, Ray is able to achieve the suppression of suffering because Japhy helps inspire and motivate him. When Japhy leaves, Ray sets out to Desolation Peak alone and he is able to find his nirvana. After overcoming all of his suffering, Ray’s ...

Japan, Korea, and Vietnam in the Process of Sinification

...Use of Chinese models of military and political organization aided the Vietnamese against their southern neighbors. In all three, Sinification was sought, and Chinese culture was viewed as more sophisticated than native culture. Chinese culture had an impact on all sides of the three cultures. Despite different patterns, the power of Chinese model had one other important result for Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Contacts with other parts of the world were nonexistent, because there was no sense tha...

Worksheet: Buddhism and Basic Buddhist Teachings

...Mahayana Buddhism says that nirvana is not only attainable for monks, but is a possibility for anyone to achieve. Mahayana also stresses enlightenment is a call to compassion, and that a person has to save himself by saving others.(Malloy 2010) Vajrayana Buddhism is known as the Diamond Vehicle or the lightning bolt. The name suggests wisdom, clarity, strength, and flashes of light, which are all associated with enlightened awareness. Vajrayana is said to be a special form of Mahayana. Like Maha...

The Explaintion of 3 Orientations of Religion

...This concludes my explaination of sacramental orientation, mystical orientation, and prophetic orientation. Even if all these concepts may come easy to you or may be hard to grasp. They all have one thing in common, Religion. No matter how big or how small, how in depth you explain it or how well you can pronouce a single religion. They all have their unique aspects along with many other things that are alike. There may be seven religions that believe one thing that another eight do not believe....

Textbook Evaluation

...Students could be assigned different chapters to read (about Siddhartha’s life, the beginning of Buddhism, the spread of Buddhism and his teachings) and then summarize the chapters to the rest of the class. This would be a good text for the Assistance stage of PAR because it allows students to build comprehension about Buddhism. It would also be good to use a KWL chart with this text because students can learn a lot about Buddhism very easily from this text. In the Bader’s chart the textbook...

Gautama Buddha

...Decorations are put up around houses and villages and their neighbours are encouraged to join in on the festivities. An important ritual that happens during the Wesak festival is the bathing of the Buddha. The bathing of the Buddha in fragrant water has been important since the legend of the Buddha’s birth has been told. It is a symbol of inner purification, the ritual is said to help get rid of sins. This ritual highlights the universal message that “it is simple to wash away physical dirt ...

Asian Literature

...Conclusion Asian American literature encompasses the philosophical and cultural traditions of the area in Asia known as Eastern Asia. The generally accepted principle throughout different Asian philosophies is self-actualization and oneness with the nature. In the United States Asian immigrants struggled to find work and cultural identity while assimilating to American culture. Often Americans stereotype older Asian Americans as not intelligent because of a fractured way of speaking English rath...

Buddhism

...Through reflection and prostration before images of Buddha, these truths, that dukkha exists due to impermanence (anicca), with the only release being Nirvana (the overcoming of desire), are comprehended properly, giving purpose and direction in life. During Wesak, the Eightfold path is reaffirmed as the way to reach Nirvana, with adherents aiming to correct their lives to imitate the 8 laws. By adhering to these guidelines, along with living in accordance with the Middle Way, Buddhists are guar...

Gautam Buddha

...Instead, we should learn to give and take care of things that belong to our family, to the school, or to the public. Proper conduct shows respect for oneself and others. Our bodies are gifts from our parents, so we should protect them from harm. Young people should especially keep their natures pure and develop their virtue. It is up to them to make the world a better place to live. Religion is religion only when it unites people and not if divides. We therefore, need conversation from leaders t...

Notes on History of Dhammapada

...The poetical verses that the Lord uttered were compiled into a book named Dhammapada. Dhammapada is included in the first part of Suttanna Pitaka named Khuddhakanikaya ( Short Discourses). According to Daw Ohn Myint, Professor of the Department of Oriental Studies, Yangon University of Distance Education ( 2004), throughout the history of Buddhism, Dhammapada has been studied and memorized by Buddhist monks. Even nowadays in Sri Lanka, the novices who want to be transformed into monkhood have to...


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❓ How Does You Race, Religion, Nationality, Gender and Culture Define You?

...Seeing as my name is Samantha, I am unmistakably female. Some people may call me girly or feminine but I think I can be tough if I want to. I am not generally a loud person, unlike my close friends. They are treated like boys by other boys. I’m not ...

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