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
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Yan became very devoted to Buddhism and never let his beliefs in Confucianism get in the way of that. Han Yu on the other hand argued against Buddhism, he believed that it was neither Chinese nor Confucianism. Han was a writer and poet “who defended the moral values of Chinese civilizations against corruption of foreign influences, especially Buddhism” (balh 187). Some, to be a cult that eventually spread throughout China, says Buddhism. Buddha (founder of Buddhism) was described as a barbarian man who wore clothes, that was untraditional of the Chinese.
2) Please read the following excerpt on Jainism and answer the questions at the end with one paragraph each. Questions: 1. What is the historical significance of this text? What can we learn from it? People hated Jainism because he was a person who did not commited any sins.
Worshipping anyone other than the Christian God or worshipping through anyone but the Pope would have been heresy at the time so the Old Charges of Freemasonry are relevant. The Charge says that “no Mason should reveal the secrets of a brother that may deprive him of his life and property.” Since being a stonemason did not involve heresy, there is little chance that this rule applied to
Buddhists are unsupportive of euthanasia and assisted suicide as they contain strong beliefs towards the moral value of human life. If someone is suffering from mental or physical distress, Buddhists insist that it is morally wrong to end their life because it is considered disrespectful to the life that was created (Keown). Catholics are highly against the use of euthanasia and assisted suicide as they believe that God is the only one capable of ending ones life and that life is a beautiful gift that should not be cut short by another human being. However, the church does acknowledge that someone suffering from an illness has the option to refuse life prolonging treatment that will only stretch the life span for a minuscule amount of time. Within the Hindu religion, there are no set regulations regarding euthanasia, although it is said that ending a life early can negatively impact ones karma as the suffering one is enduring is due to an occurrence from the past (Nimbalkar).
The end would defy self-love and self-preservation so Kant permits no exceptions because the act of killing will never become a universal law of nature (Friend, 2011). However, Kant believes that autonomy is the soul core of human dignity (Kant, 1785). Killing people typically violates a person’s autonomy, but not upholding their