In China Mahayana the nirvana aspect of Buddhism was greatly appealing to some people but the idea of a foreign religion dominating in China made some people hate Buddhism. However, in this mix of people there were some people who were in the middle and felt neutral about Buddhism and its beliefs. There was a similar reaction in Rome with Christianity and its beliefs. Some people, mostly the lower class and Jews, found Christianity a way of escape and some even thought of as safety. On the other hand some people hated the beliefs of Christianity because it went against their norms and old traditions.
These religions also see differently when it comes to after life, or where or what becomes of a person after their death. Christianity and Buddhism see eye to eye in their origins and ideas, but the beliefs of these two religions are what separated them. Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha, was the founder of Buddhism, while Jesus Christ was the founder of Christianity. Both were teachers of love and compassion for moral life, something that was challenging compared to the values of their time. When comparing their lessons, you find what seems like reworded copies.
It is said that he practiced praying, meditating and fasting until he was given the name Buddha, meaning the Enlightened one because of his understanding of the truths of life. Therefore, a new branch of Hinduism emerged and is now known as Buddhism. One of the two similarities between the two religions is Symbolism. Moreover, the two religions figured out the how to avoid death. On the other hand, a difference between Hinduism and Buddhism is the fundamental ideology.
The spiritual aspect of Hinduism shows the overbearing power of the “Brahman”. The Brahman also known as the World Soul comes from the sacred text of the Bhagavad Gita given to Lord Krishna. The Brahman is ones deepest self, the identity that remains beneath one’s changing self (Griffen). In Hinduism, this God is the basis of all creation, and all power worshipped in the religion. The Brahman lies at the root of all who show devotion to other gods.
He says, “The Sunflower story brings up the question of whether Simon had the right to forgive Karl in the name of all Jews. The question appears to me as irrelevant. Karl did not ask him to speak in the name of all Jews, or for that matter, for the harm done to all Jews but only for what he had done” (137). Flannery thinks Wiesenthal made the wrong decision, and later on said that if he were in the position that Wiesenthal was in, he would’ve forgiven the Karl. I, however, disagree with Flannery because I don’t think that the war crimes that Nazis have committed are something that can be
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.
Comparison and Contrast First of all, Daoism and Buddhism have different explanations and perspectives on reincarnation. In Daoism, the word ‘Dao’ means the path or the way. It aims to achieve Tao which means to attain the right path in life and thus become immortal. Moreover, soul or spirit of a person will never die and it will shift to the other body. After that, it will reborn as another person and this will be repeated until it attain the Dao.
In the 1st Century Buddhism spread throughout China. Some members of Chinese society promoted the spread of Buddhism believing it was beneficial and could aid in achieving enlightenment. However, there was still some of Chinese society opposed to Buddhist belief system, stating it was ‘Barbaric’ and detrimental. Other citizens took a neutral view, believing Buddhism can co-exist with other belief systems. Some members of Chinese society promoted the spread of Buddhism believing it was beneficial and could aid in achieving enlightenment.
Moreover, if you decided to speak out against the majority, you would have also been shunned. Characterization- Another aspect of the novel I understood was Kurt Vonnegut’s belief that while scientists attain great knowledge, they fail to use that knowledge for wisdom. For instance, Dr. Felix Hoenikker created ice-nine to simply prove a point, but failed to stop himself from creating such weapon because he did not even think about consequences. Allusion- Another aspect of the novel I understood was the Biblical allusion that ran throughout the entire novel, the Garden of Eden, and the story of Adam and Eve. In the Biblical story,
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 numerous divines some were even similar. They both believed in the same divine the Brahma.