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The Concept of Karma in Buddhism
Contrary to Hinduism, Buddhists believe that the soul or rather the new form taken by an individual after rebirth is not the same (Anatman), rather, the new form is determined by the actions of that particular individual in the previous and present life. This is the concept of Karma in Buddhism religion. Regarding Anatman d...
A History of the Spread of Buddhism in China
Spread of Buddhism in China DBQ Buddhism was founded in India in the sixth century B.C.E. It was brought to China by the first century C.E., and gradually won converts. Because it was a religion of salvation, many people readily adopted it (Docs 1,2). However, not everyone was so accepting of new ways. Some people oppose...
The History of Zen Buddhism and Its Four Noble Truths
Zen Buddhism Zen Buddhism is a practice that originated 2500 years ago in India. Breaking it down, Zen, also referred to as Zazen, means seated meditation and Buddha was the creator of this practice. It’s a way to find yourself and be aware while sitting on a cushion inside a dojo. Zen does not claim to be a theory, religi...
An Overview of the Puja Principle in Buddhism
Puja is an essential component of faith and lifestyle for Buddhist adherents. It is significant to Buddhism as it essentially embodies the principal beliefs and provides devotion, fellowship and even an opportunity for reflection. In Sanskrit, ‘Offering’ or ‘Worship’ are direct translates from the term Puja and many adheren...
The Importance of Buddhism and Shintoism in the Shaping of Japanese Culture and Traditions
The religion of a country shapes its traditions and culture. Japanese religions have shaped Japan’s culture so drastically that some see the Japanese way of life as mysterious and strange. Indeed, many put all of the Japanese religions in one category in their minds. The truth is, however, that they are different in many wa...
A Comparison of the Similarities and Differences in the Death Ritual of the Buddhists of Tibet and the Hindus of Varanasi
Finals Week Felt Like a Death Ritual Buddhists of Tibet and Hindus of Varanasi tend to share similar death rituals. Mostly in the aspect that there’s a ritual for death at all, suggesting that death is a process not a moment for both faiths. While there are strong similarities within the two practices and views upon death...
A View of the Concepts of Idolatry by the Hindu Religion and the Western Monotheism
Within the Hindu religion “seeing” takes on a very important meaning. The term darsan refers to the visual conception of the sacred, typically through consecrated images/statues. But with this, the charge of idolatry then comes into question. Idolatry is something that is not only frowned upon in Western Monotheism, but is...
An Analysis of the Metaphors in The Dhammapada
The Dhammapada: Metaphors The Dhammapada is a collection of 423 verses used for spiritual guidance and inspiration for many Buddhists. It addresses the moral and personal problems faced in everyday life, and how best to approach them. This is done using four different levels of instruction. The first level is used to educa...
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...
The Impact of Objects on Spirituality and the Spread of Buddhism in China
12/7/14 The Impact of Objects on Spirituality and Spread of Buddhism in China Mahayana Buddhism is a religion which is followed with the goal of achieving perfect wisdom and compassion by emptying oneself, especially of material desires and form, to achieve Nirvana, or enlightenment. However, in a religion focused on ab...
The Two General Aspects of Buddhist Meditation and Its Lineages
There are two general aspects in Buddhist meditation, stabilization and insight, that come together to train the mind in order to, “tap into the brain and make it helpful and clear” (Corless145). Stabilization of the mind, also calledShamatha, calms the mind down and brings it back to home base. Insight, also calledvipashya...
The Concept of Anatta in the Abhidhamma
The Abhidhamma, an ancient collection of Buddhist writings, teaches and discusses the concept of anatta, the non-self. Buddha, after being enlightened under the Bodhi Tree, realized the idea of the soul being unnecessary; reinforced by the sight of the 5-Aggregates, body, perception, feelings, reasoning and innate tendencie...
A Reasoning of Care and Governance of Care in Buddhist Society
Buddhism: Care & Governance of Care Care and governance of care in Buddhist society can be best defined by a subsequent series of points in successful Buddhist death. A connection to impermanent and “good deaths”, on one hand, exists with care. Buddhism has a long and deep tradition of practices surrounding good and bad de...
The Practice of Meditation
Abstract The practice of meditation has been adopted by a variety of people and classes thereof in an attempt to have a more fundamental experience with the world. It has been discussed and practiced as far back as in the Vedas, the oldest of the Hindu Scriptures, about 2000 BC. My research attempts to gain a deeper insigh...
A Summary of The Tibetan Book of the Dead; A Way of Life Film
Final Film Review: The Tibetan Book of the Dead The film that I decided to watch was a film known as The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life, which is a 1994 film that was brought to everybody by two directors, three producers, and three editors due to the fact that this film was presented by both NHK of Japan and The...
An Analysis of Buddhism in Women and World Religions
According to Lucinda Joy Peach, the author of Women and World Religions, Buddhism is considered one of three world religions. Buddhism originated in the continent of Asia in the country of India. Around the fifth or sixth century when Siddhartha Gautama reached Enlightenment, he became the awakened one or Buddha. Once becom...