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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 be shunned by society as another cult movement What conflicts or similarities would it find with modern science physics in particular The answers to these questions are the aim of this paper as well as a deeper understanding of modern Buddhism Although I will stick with traditional ideas raised by Buddhism one detail in the story of Siddartha Guatama must be addressed in order for it to be relevant to the main question being asked What obstacles would Siddartha Guatama face had he been born in modern day North America Primarily it must be recognized that rather than being born into the Hindu religion which in itself is mystical Siddartha would have most likely been born into a Christian family This in itself presents the first obstacle that being that Christianity is a strictly monotheistic and non-mystical faith Hence from the outset although in the traditional story Siddartha faced a conflict with his father Ludwig 137 in the North American scenario the conflict would have been heightened by the fact that his search for enlightenment was not even closely similar to the Christian faith As with science changes in religious thought are often met with strong opposition It is interesting to note though that many parallels can be found between modern physics and Eastern
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