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The Status of Buddhism during the Sui and Tang Dynasties
Buddhism grew as a religion throughout China during the Sui and Tang Dynasties, gaining followers and establishing the roots of the religion we see today. This religion was started by the Indian prince Siddhartha Gautama after his personal journey to enlightenment and was spread by the sangha, or the Buddhist community. Int...
A Creative Story About a Prisoner Being Protected by the Buddhist Deity Avalokiteshvara
Throughout Chinese history, deities have always played a role in shaping the country. They have been honored at Chinese temples. Some of them have been part of mystical Chinese tales. One such deity stands out in Chinese history and that is the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshvara. Avalokiteshvara is the Buddhist bodhisattva of...
A History of the Decline and Spread of Buddhism in India and Eastern Asia
The Decline and Spread of Buddhism Buddhism is unique in that it lost dominance in its birthplace, but became dominant elsewhere. In India Buddhism was dominant only a relatively brief amount of time. However, the religion did not just die after it declined in India, but instead it spread into Eastern Asia, especially Chin...
The Relationship Between Art and Buddhism According to Chogyam Trungpa
Art is essentially ever-changing, which is something I think Chogyam Trungpa recognizes in his writings about art and Buddhism, as it seems he is trying to change and to specify art as something inherently spiritual. This spiritual aspect of art that he tries to champion is clear, because he is, through these writings, tryi...
Reincarnation as an Important Part of the Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism
The Dalai Lama is seen in Tibetan Buddhism to be the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have chosen to help others rather than Nirvana. (dalailama.com/biography/significance) In Tibet, the Dalai Lama has served as a spiritual leader and also a political one. Tibet and Chi...
Following the Eight Fold Path: The Idea of Suffering in Buddhism
Ideas of the Buddhist philosophy are based in the idea that human existence is permeated by suffering. Basically this means that you cannot exist or live your life without experiencing and witnessing suffering through things like growing old, being sick and eventually dying. The Buddhist philosophy was founded by a Siddhart...
The Origins of Buddhism
Siddhartha Gotama was a prince in Ancient India that when let out of his princely bubble by a simple walk through town, stumbled upon the evils of the world, and in turn developed a major religion that is still widely practiced today. Siddhartha Gotama developed Buddhism by finding a way to escape the crisis. Gotama found t...
A History of Siddhartha Gautama's Foundation of Buddhism
Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama in the year 500 B.C.E. He was a prince living in northern India, and there was a supposed prophecy foretold about him before he was born. He was destined either to be a great religious leader, or a world leader. His father, as a king, wanted him to become the latter. He shielded hi...
Sky Burial Rituals in Tibetan Buddhism
Sky Burial Rituals Tibet is inhabited by approximately 3.1 million people whom mostly participate in Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism encompasses various teachings from the three vehicles of Buddhism or routes to enlightenment: Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Hinayana. Many of the Tibetan people adhere to the teachings of Vaj...
The Importance of Physical Objects in the Spread of Buddhism in China
Buddhism is a religion which is followed with the goal of achieving emptiness, or Nirvana, or enlightenment, which is usually marked by the abandonment of worldly possessions, and problems. However, in a religion so focused on abandoning material possessions, images play an integral role in the journey of a Buddhist, and se...