The eightfold path shares many similarities with the values upheld by many practicing Catholics today. For example, Buddhists believe in the concept of right speech. This means they are against lying and spreading unwelcomed rumors about others in hopes of tainting one 's image. Similarly, in the Ten Commandments, Catholics believe “thou shalt not lie”. However, Buddhism and Christianity also differ in some aspects of their beliefs.
This concept of Moksha is very similar to the Buddhist notions of Nirvana or Satori. However, unlike Hindus, Buddhists are against the caste system and reject the concept of Atman, which is the belief that a soul or eternal self exists in every being. Two crucial beliefs in Buddhism are the Noble Eightfold Path and the Middle Way. If followed, the Noble Eightfold Path is thought to help one attain Nirvana, and is often divided into three categories: wisdom, morality, and concentration. The Middle Way is another right path for Buddhists to follow, and is described by the Buddha as moderation between the extremes of self-mortification and indulgence.
In India during the classical era, Indo-European Aryans introduced Hinduism to the natives which started social disparity and patriarchy. In response to this, Siddhartha Gautama founded a new religion that was more egalitarian called Buddhism that spread to Central Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. Monks and merchants used the Indian Ocean trade network that connected China, India and many other countries for the first time to spread Buddhism. However, while it was spreading Buddhism branched into two Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia and Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia. In China Mahayana Buddhism was greatly excepted by people who didn’t have a lot of stuff or people who wanted to reach nirvana but was greatly hated by others no only because it went against everything Confucianism believed in but also since it wasn 't a native religion.
“When you believe that yours is the only way for humankind, millions of people might be killed because of that idea” quoted from the book I read “Living Buddha, Living Christ”. At first, I though many religionists are stubborn, refusing to accept and understand others’ though and idea from another stream of religion. However, the author of this book have given me a deep insight inspiring me to re-think what true meaning of mindfulness, gratefulness and religion are. One important point here is that the existence of confrontations are not necessarily due to religious things. Actually, provided that people from different background can reach a peaceful platform eventually and recognize the significance of respecting other traditions and culture, a basic peaceful world would be established in a foreseeable time without doubts.
Documents 1 and 5 do not directly show support or contempt for Buddhism, but rather give another perspective of the religion. Document 1 comes from a sermon preached by the Buddha himself. “The Four Noble Truths” shows us the basic guidelines of the religion. This information is vital because many people who just simply chose a side of the fight for or against Buddhism may not actually know what the religion represents. By reading the sermon, the Chinese citizens could form a better understanding of Buddhism.
According to Sponberg, he said that there were four attitudes toward women in the early Buddhism. The first attitude is soteriological inclusiveness, this show that gender is not a factor important in attaining enlightenment in Buddhism. Any one and any sentient being can attain enlightenment. The second attitude is institutional
In some ways, the two beliefs are comparable, being established largely on the teachings of a single man; for instance Buddha in Buddhism and Christ in Christianity. Although, there are numerous differences between Christianity and Buddhism, their understanding of the world and the life after death, that make each religion
The quote explains that if one devoted his life to Buddhism, then in return he will be put into a happy, blissful state after death. Another quote from an anonymous scholar in 500 C.E. states, “The records and teaching of Confucian classics do not contain everything. Even if the Buddha is not
Buddhism came to be by breaking off of Hinduism and now has their own beliefs. When researching about Buddhism and Hinduism I found that both religions believe in more than one divine. The Buddha did not address that there was a god, though what I found interesting he did not dismiss that there was no god, he believed there were higher beings. These religions, both worshiped many divines some were even similar. They both believed in the same divine the Brahma.
In Buddhist dialect it is called metta. The Buddha for the duration of his life pushed his pupils to hone metta, i.e. kinship, with every aware being. The Buddha himself was called Maitreya which implies Friend; not ace, not prophet, not master, just Friend. Companionship is the establishment whereupon Buddhism is fabricated.