Critical Thinking Paper: Buddhism Origin: How did humanity and the universe come into existence? When viewing humanity and the universe and how it comes into existence, in Buddhism, they believe “in the Universe rather than for any creator being or personal God” (Weider & Gutierrez, 2014. pg. 63). Unlike Christians, Buddhist do not teach nor believe that God is the creator of the universe.
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.
The role of Buddhism is non-existent. Or so it may seem at first glance on the surface layer. Through a deeper search and study Buddhism is very impactful in American lifestyle. But what is the true impact of Buddhism in a large religiously diverse country such as America; the number of Buddhists in the U.S. range from 2.5 million to 3-4 million, with such small figures it might seem that Buddhism is not an important part of American culture. However, while it is true that Buddhism does not have the large number of followers as other major religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, it still has the same level of impact as those mentioned major religions.
Although Buddhism originated in the sixth century B.C.E, it quickly spread to China by the first century C.E. Buddhism was both accepted and adopted by many, but also opposed by just as many at the same time. Still some Chinese citizens chose to neither fully adopt or fully oppose the religion, but rather incorporated unique Chinese traditions into Buddhism and also created new traditions from it. Buddhism’s spread in China was met with many different responses. However, the mix of responses could be due to the fact that Buddhism’s arrival fell in the middle of a period of instability for China.
Have you ever heard of the religions Buddhism and Judaism.These are two very unique religions and have very different beliefs but then they also have a few things in common so they aren 't totally different. They are both very old religions. So first i will tell you about them and then I will compare them.
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.
The Search for Enlightenment When someone mentions Buddha, listeners usually picture a chubby man meditating under a fig tree. Siddhartha Gautama, which is Buddha’s real name, was the founder of Buddhism. Siddhartha’s father kept his son inside their palace for 29 years to hide the truth of sufferings in the world. Once Siddhartha escaped and witnessed the pain in this world, he started on a search for enlightenment.
Hinduism and Buddhism When thinking about religions, you may not realize that many of them played a huge role in history. They helped unite people, set social standards, and create features of different cultures. Two examples of this is Hinduism and Buddhism. They helped shape each other and are similar in many ways, though they still have differences. Hinduism mainly shaped Buddhism.
Buddhism is a religion born in India 563 B.C. with Siddhartha as there founder. the basic beliefs are the 4 noble truths (Dukkha, Samudaya, Nirodha, and Marga). Like document 6 says noble truth one (Dukkha) "birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering etc." In noble truth four (Marga) says "right intention, right action, right effort ect." Which means if you are suffering in some type of way you stop it by doing something right.
It also became an agent of mental and practical liberation to the oppressed peoples and of economic development to the disadvantaged peoples. “Engaged Buddhism” is defined by the intention of Buddhists of whatever sect to apply the values and teachings of Buddhism, especially compassion and love, to the problems of society in a nonviolent way, and are motivated by concern for others’ welfare, and is served as a channel to express their own Buddhist practices. So, “Engaged Buddhism” is neither a new Buddhist sect nor does it belong to one of the established sects. This engagement is not detached from Buddhist spirituality, but it is a modern phenomenon to express their Buddhism spirits and values to the problems of society (King, The Social Ethics of Engaged Buddhism, 2005). On the other hand, the reason of emergence of “Engaged Buddhism” was similar to the third problem Taixu discovered as I mentioned above.
Ideal Practitioners in Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism each have their own ideal practitioners described in their teachings. These ideal practitioners provide a role-model and an ideal path for their followers. They also help followers and outsiders understand the important values of each tradition. In regards to Buddhism, this paper will delve into two ideal practitioners; one from Theravāda Buddhism and the other from Mahāyāna Buddhism. Theravāda Buddhism’s ideal practitioner is called an arhat (or Arahant).
Buddhism and Early Christianity both date back thousands of years. Buddhism dates back to sixth century C.E. making it approximately 1,400 years old. Christianity as a whole started to emerge as early as the first century C.E making it a little over 2,000 years. Both religions are unique in their beliefs, ways of worship, and structure, however they do share similarities. Such similarities include how the religions spread into popularity and their core values. They both also focus on morality and deliverance from temptation and suffering.