Buddhism can be practiced by many, but is only truly discovered by those who are able to interpret, and incorporate this philosophy in every thought and action. The realization of the truth is not an ordered or exact procedure, but is accomplished one step at a time. The awareness of yin and yang, right and wrong, good and evil in its actuality is unavoidable. It is the knowledge that one realizes from investigating all sides of the problem that gives them a keener insight to clarity. “Not by passing arbitrary judgements does one become just; a wise person passes judgement impartially according to truth, a sagacious guardian of the law, is called just” (Buddharakkhita 100).
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. Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of the book. In the same time, he is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, poet, peace activist and teacher. Throughout this book, the author shared his own experience on Buddha and Christ, combined with the teachings of these two different religions. He then elaborated the differences and similarities by explaining their same underlying goals despite of two completely different rationale.
1. Explain the parallels drawn by the Dalai Lama between the three bodies of the Buddha and the Christian concept of the Trinity as you address the question: Do we need a metaphysical support for an ethics of compassion? Why or why not? Do the religious metaphysics add anything of value? I do not think that there is any condition to follow the compassion.
Hinduism and Buddhism are different because of their beliefs, government, and social structure and more. Both of these religions started in ancient india, although they began at different points in time. Hinduism’s world view is different from Buddhism’s because in Hinduism, people had to believe in Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu, along with other gods and goddesses like when it says in the reading, “unite your soul with Brahman.” In Buddhism however, people were free to believe in as many gods or goddesses as the pleased as long as they believed in The Buddha. Secondly, Hinduism and Buddhism are different because of their government. Hinduism has no one central figure in it’s religion because it was created over time by many powerful people and in Buddhism, the one leader of the religion is The Buddha.
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. Buddhism is not centered on a god unlike the monotheistic Christianity, which follows rules and mandates of a single God and the example of his one and only son, Jesus Christ. Buddhism however, is more about personal enlightenment and reaching a transcendent stage of bliss and wisdom called Nirvana.
Followers of Buddhism were taught to follow the teaching of Buddha while followers of Confucianism were all students of Confucius himself. The Buddha was a figure that not all followers of the religion knew, but Confucius was someone that was physically there for his followers. The goal of Confucianism was to strengthen the brotherhood of humanity while Buddhism was focused more on the spiritual world and
Kevin jean-Mary Mongols have been nowed as warriors and but when Khubilai Khan captures China the mongols have finally got off their horse. The mongols have started to drift away from their culture and started to fuse it with china 's around the 1300’s. Khubilai Khan has taken the culture of the Mongols and has hidden it within. The Mongols are not the same culturally but they have not fully change to the chinese ways. Khublai Khan just before the 1300’s has captured all of china by mere force but instead of changing china completely he changes the culture of the mongols.
The main reason the Chinese came to America was to prosper, but there was also an alternative motive, to escape from a war torn China. As mentioned in Takaki 's book A Different Mirror, it says “Many sought sanctuary from intense conflicts in China caused by the British Opium Wars” (Takaki, 192). China’s lost in the British Opium War weaken its defenses, and many other countries followed Britain taking over trade ports. This led to a weaken economy mentioned in A Different Mirror, which states “Harsh economic conditions also drove Chinese migrants to seek survival in America. Qing government imposed high taxes on peasant farmer; unable to pay these taxes, many of them lost their lands” (Takaki, 192).
The eightfold path shares many similarities with the values upheld by many practicing Catholics today. For example, Buddhists believe in the concept of right speech. This means they are against lying and spreading unwelcomed rumors about others in hopes of tainting one 's image. Similarly, in the Ten Commandments, Catholics believe “thou shalt not lie”. However, Buddhism and Christianity also differ in some aspects of their beliefs.
In Stephen Batchelor’s book, Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening he goes into depth about the idea that Buddhism is not a religion or something to believe in, but rather a mindset that is a way of living with a course of action. Throughout the book he gives examples and tells stories to defend the idea that Buddhism is more than just something to believe in, but it is a way of living. Batchelor noted that when it comes to viewing Buddhism as a religion it is important to know the way Buddha viewed himself “Instead of presenting himself as a savior, he saw himself as a healer” (6). His ‘job’ was not to convert people to believe in his beliefs, rather, he wanted to show them through actions how fulfilling his way of living