In the essay, “ The Role of Religion in Modern Society”, Dalai Lama, The preeminent religious authority in Buddhism reveals the reason behind why religion has been a major source of conflict throughout the history, and how inter-religious harmony is the key to overcoming conflict of the first sort. He goes deeper into the similarities between different religion and identifies the obstacles that obstruct inter-religious harmony by developing ways to overcome them. He believes religion plays a vital role in the modern society by shaping the person's spiritual qualities rather than making him a better religious person than the other. Dalai Lama expounds that religious practice can help a person cope with adversity than those who don't. Although,
“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.
Many people practice a religion because they desire order in their lives. However, there are many religions, each with their own belief systems. In Philip Kapleau’s Three Pillars of Zen, Harada-roshi explains the concept of Buddhist spirituality to an American businessman. Harada-roshi tells him, “You must break out of your self-imprisonment…you must put your mind in your hara and breathe only mu in and out…The center of the universe is in the pit of your belly!” From reading this quote, it’s evident that Zen Buddhism focuses on the individual. This idea that the self is one with the universe, differs from concepts in western religions.
The Dhammapada is an accepted and admired scriptural text from the Buddhist religion. The literal translation of the Dhammapada is “Verses on the Law, Truth, or the Way” (Mills xxxv). It is a collection of individual verses and phrases compiled to help communicate the teachings of the Buddha. One of the many verses from this compilation is the Dhammatthavagga, or “what accords with Dharma” (Mills 65). This excerpt explains what Dharma is in relation to this particular religion, as well as detailing the significance of its practice.
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. (Fisher, 445). “The Respected Muslim mystic Mian Mir was invited to lay the cornerstone of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It was constructed with four doors, inviting people from all traditions to come into worship, When Guru Gobind Singh created an army to resist tyranny, he admonished Sikhs not to feel enmity toward Islam or Hinduism.” (Fisher, 445). The soldiers of the army are there to protect freedom of all religions, though Guru Nanak is very against hypocritical religious practices and empty
Washington would see that individual communities and movements have created change for themselves, while working against others. It’s amazing what could be done if we stopped working against each other. While political parties aren’t going away, which would be to Washington’s dismay, he would suggest that the next president figure out a way to stop the two main parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, from being convinced their beliefs are the “correct” beliefs. If we cannot get rid of political parties, the best we can do is unite them. The only way to change our country is by working with each other, not against each other.
Jefferson is declaring that God gave freedom of thought and man the freedom to choose his religious beliefs. It is God who gave us the ability to believe and not to believe and not church 's decision to make for us. He goes on to say "the impious presumption of legislature and ruler, civil as well as ecclesiastical" are fallible to assume "dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions" and compelling men to contribute money for the religion to which they do not believe in, calling it "sinful and tyrannical" (106). Jefferson states that no one should be obliged to attend church or support it with his taxes. It is our natural rights of mankind to be able to profess our own matters of religion.
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
Powerful spiritual renewal and heresy arose from the chaotic scene of bloodshed, the fierce intellectual controversies played an important role in religious freedom. The Reformation had brought individual thinkers to develop the principle that no one should be persecuted for his or her religion. Sebastian Castellio was one of the very first humanists who stood on this principle and describes that the world is entangled in the questions of religion. As indicated on Document 8, he does not agree with doctrine punishment for those who denied faith to Christianity. He believed that a person’s conscience should not be subject to power and suppressed by the civil authorities.
Whereas in Muslim religion, they don’t believe in destiny. Furthermore, shared knowledge shapes the personal knowledge in which the religious rules and beliefs are concerned. In Hinduism, you cannot marry a person from another religion and that’s what almost all people belief and everyone follows, which why it is shared knowledge. However, I do not agree with knowledge system why I should only get marry with person from my religion, why not from other religion? Is it because religion says so or that’s what our shared knowledge?