The answer to every single one of these questions is no, and that is the reason Asoka is an enlightened ruler: He did the exact opposite of what a ruthless conqueror would do. In conclusion, Asoka Maurya of the Mauryan empire was an enlightened ruler because of his Buddhist beliefs and his rejection of violence.This could change the way one looks at their leaders and respects them
These guidelines will help Buddhists avoid the three poisons; hatred, greed, and ignorance. The eight guidelines are; right view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, concentration, and mindfulness. Right view is based on the idea of seeing and understanding wisdom rather than intellectual understanding. Right intention focuses on what controls our
“A stoic is a person who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain.” One who is not touched by the outside world, seemingly to live inside themselves, always thinking that today might be the last. Stoics detach themselves from things of this world, including objects, people, and to a certain extent, their own lives. In Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and The Discourses by Epictetus, the rules of stoicism are defined: learn to deny feelings, respect oneself and nature, and detach oneself from the useless things of this world. A main component of stoic philosophy is to deny emotions, to disregard feelings to harness free will and become a happy individual. However, to have emotion is to be human.
The religious references and biblical allusion cannot be ignored throughout the novel. Even though, Shelly is a atheist, she was able to make a deep connection with a religious and nonreligious view. This concept is controversial because there are many opinions that oppose Shelly's view and there are really few people that see the same view as Shelly. In the novel, the concept of Christianity was connected with a nonreligious creation. It serve a important purpose to show human should not overstep the boundaries and no human should obtain
Ultimately, someone holds the power, but the idea projected by the society’s existence itself is unquestionable equality. This being said, there isn’t much depth to the scripture, as looking too deep will lead you to a dead end. There is little logic behind it, and overall doesn’t make too much sense. An individual pledging for its entire community by themselves without their own identity is one large paradox that doesn’t add up, no matter which way you try to solve
You can infer from her essay that she does not agree with this lifestyle. In her essay she states, “Nothing can corrupt and disintegrate a culture or a man’s character as thoroughly as does the precept of moral agnosticism, the idea that one must never pass moral judgement on others, that one must be morally tolerant of anything, that the good consists of never distinguishing good from evil.” This is in fact a true statement. By becoming morally agnostic its like you don't care. you in other words have no morals. Ayn Rand seems to agree that this is a bad
Some of the lessons to rulers found in “The Prince” most famously, the shield of heartlessness towards subjects has led to the judgement that Machiavelli book is evil or not moral. Moreover, the direct split of politics from ethics and attitude seems to pinpoint that there is no role for any kind of charity in Machiavelli’s state. However, Machiavelli’s never promotes heartlessness or other vices for their own well being. He promotes them only in the interests of protecting the state, which, in Machiavelli’s aspect, is a type of ultimate good in its very own right. Nor does he promote that virtue should be disdained for its own sake.
Like Hinduism, Buddhism has a manifold collection of sacred writings. Unlike Hindus, Buddhists are not bound to the Veda, or to the entire collection of Buddhist writings. Tables listing Buddhist scriptures help us understand the impossibility of large numbers of people mastering all the scriptures… In practice, Buddhist groups focus their attention on a few volumes, sometimes basing their central doctrines on one sutra.” (Matthews: 144) According to Hindu and Buddhist scriptures both believed in karma and reincarnation. Both religions have a common goal of life to attain nirvana or salvation, although they adopted different paths to reach their goal. Buddhism denies the authority of the Vedas and dislikes animal sacrifice, while Hinduism
While Hinduism and Buddhism have many similarities, they have major differences as well. Although they do have some similar terms and practices (samsara, karma, meditation), the rest of the two ideologies deviate from one another. One of the biggest differences in my opinion is that Hindus (like myself) are pantheists, whereas Buddhists are atheists. Hindus believe that everything is God, but Buddhists don’t believe in any God. Since Hindus believe everything is God, the soul, atman, is also God.
They do not try to convert others to their ways, giving the idea that we are all looking at the same picture, but just different parts. Sikhs share common beliefs with Hinduism and Islam. The belief in karma and reincarnation are shared with the Hindu religion and then monotheism is shared with Islam. (Fisher, 445). These people do not want to see other religions or people who believe in different concepts as villains or enemies, but instead see oppression and corruption as the enemy.