As with many pieces, this sculpture contains both symbolism and a narrative that reference a specific religion - in this case, Buddhism. These ideas strengthen the bond between the viewer and Seated Guanyin because while many people may not understand the entire context of the piece, they can pick up clues and emotions that the work emits. While explaining the role of the viewer in his article “Art and the Educated Audience” James O. Young writes that the only condition required to become the audience is to benefit from the aesthetic value of the art. Essentially, this means that an audience member is to be open to the piece and allow it to affect oneself in any format, such as religious inspiration, philosophical thought, or artistic awakening.
That is the similarities of the Utilitarianism and Karma. The differences between Western and Buddhism is western principle place on moral authority in the utility of an action but Buddhism ethics find it that are the responsibility to do so and they will not care about the return. In western principles, rights is concerned with respecting and protecting individual liberties and privileges. There have two type of rights, legal rights and moral or human right.
“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.
"Grandfather died soon after we left him." (Choi 44) When grandfather died, it really changed Sookan because, she started to really like the idea of being a Buddhist. This is important because, she loved how grandfather was so peaceful, and now she can carry grandfathers peace with her. Next, Kisa told everyone that the war is over and the Japanese have lost. " He waved his arms in excitement while trying to catch his breath, 'the war is over!'
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.
This idea is very prominent in some articles one of which states; “He will behold the Buddha and be enlightened in his spirit, ad then he will enter Nirvana.” quote by Zhi Dun 350 C.E. (Doc 2). This quote exemplifies the belief that Buddhism will bring one to a happy state after death. 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.
However, some people didn’t care if the two religions co-existed or blended together. Mahayana Buddhism in China was profoundly accepted by the lower class people who didn’t have much and liked the idea of giving up materialistic things to reach nirvana. In document 2 Zhi Dun supports Buddhism and talks about how Buddhism was the way to reach
For example, little authority exists in the scriptures for Hindus and Buddhists. They focus more on following the right path, than on avoiding sin or following the word of any one god. For them, human suffering is caused by ignorance, not by sinning or by disobeying God. Eastern religions are also polytheistic and have a complex series of gods and goddesses. However, the major difference between eastern and western religions is their notions of spirituality.
People who do not believe in him are those who do not want to understand or are ignorant to God. Therefore, just because a person does not want for God to exist does not mean he does not. God is as real as everyone on earth, in fact even
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 Chinese initially accepted Buddhism and defended its policies, over the centuries others increasingly scrutinized Buddhism’s absence from past texts and used it as a scapegoat for political and social problems. When there was no empire to enforce laws, Buddhism gained popularity, but after imperial authority reemerged, Buddhism faced mounting opposition. An additional document that shows the actual numbers of converts to Buddhism during this time, preferably in a graph, would be useful in determining whether or not the worries of the authors in documents against Buddhism were grounded. For a few centuries after arriving in China, Chinese defended and supported Buddhism. Zhi Dun praised Buddhism as providing a path to nirvana, though as an upper class scholar who probably did not personally feel threatened by invading nomads, his testimony does not necessarily reflect the danger lower classes likely felt.
At age 17 Karen was now a mother of a child it was life changing for her, her parents did not shun her like other parents in the 60s did. When Karen first saw her baby she thought it was very small, but in reality was 8lbs and 6on which is pretty big for a baby. She loved her new child which is also my Aunt, Becky. After her baby her friends treated her no different because she just moved to a new school
She got a good job that offered her insurance and when her daughter became pregnant she was going to give her what she never had but then her daughter had went into labor a month early having problems. Leading to a difficult labor but was different because she was surrounded by family unlike her mother who was alone. The young girl now a grandmother has grown into a better life for her and her
Sandra Bullock graced the cover of Glamour magazine’s November issue and talked about her 5-year-old adorable son. The actress is very grateful to have his only boy, Louis Bardo Bulldock, around her, who she said keeps her on track. In an accompanied interview, the 51-year-old star talked about her motherhood, movie career and how little Louis changed her life. According to Us Weekly, she revealed she did a lot of stupid things in her college days and surprised that she didn’t even ended up in jail.