Livth Dalai Lama Impact On Buddhism

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Buddhism conveys the teaching of reaching enlightenment through spiritual practices thereby ultimately changing the adherent 's life. This is accentuated through its buddhist teaching and worship creating a strong impact upon individuals and their adherent lives and also the Buddhist community. Moreover, The XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is prominently a major significant person who accentuating a widespread influence on the teachings of Dharma and the Buddha thus impacting the adherent’s and non adherent’s life. The Dalai Lama’s teaching has manifested into the bioethics of abortion and euthanasia and the practice of Temple Puja. Temple Puja allows the buddhist teachings (Dharma) to manifest themselves in the adherent’s everyday actions.…show more content…
The general beliefs of the buddhist teachings allows individual to reach enlightenment (Nirvana) thus changing the lives of adherents. Furthermore, Dharma creates a guideline to adherents into living a free life without suffering (Dukkha) thus impacting the buddhist community. This is exemplified through the Five Precepts, an ethical code which is forbids individuals from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication. Due to this acts of commitment, this show’s the individual initiation and devotion to Buddha changing the community’s perspectives on the laws of nature. Additionally, the Four Noble Truths creates an insight on the truth of reality revealing the existence of Dukkha. However, adherents are able to prevent the understanding of the Four Noble Truths ending the existence of Dukkha by giving up their desires and possessions. To do so, adherents must follow the Eightfold path, a spiritual…show more content…
This contradicts the five precepts of the panca sila states. “Do not kill any living being”, referencing to the notion of Ahimsa which violates the idea of the first precept. As well as abortion, the buddhist teachings states that ending one’s life resulting in negative karmic consequences. This is supported by the Vinaya Pitaka stating “A monk who intentionally deprives a human being of his life, or provides the means for suicide, or praises death, or incites one to commit suicide … praises death in various ways or incites him to commit suicide, commits an offense entailing loss of monkhood,” highlighting the buddhist teaching of Samsara ( the cycle of birth, life and rebirth) enlightening the decisions and the adherent’s conscience and behaviour. In reference to the Dalai Lama, under special circumstances, euthanasia is only acceptable

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