2. Development of Pure Land Buddhism The idea of Pure Land Buddhism was raised in China and then spread to other countries, such as Japan and East Asia. (Wallace 2002, 43) It became famous in these countries but there are variations between the ideas. Take Indian and China as examples, Indian think that there would be separate life after rebirth as their present life may be suffering and the life after death should be happy and not connected to the present life. On the other hand, Chinese take rebirth as the continuation of life before death, which the human relations in the present life are connected to the life in Pure Land.
In Dierdre Sullivan’s powerful essay, ‘Always Go to the Funeral’ she discusses the the importance of going to funerals. Sullivan remarks in her essay that funeral attendance hold an important philosophy, which is do the right thing even if it’s an inconveniance for you. Sullivan explains that these small gestures, like attending a funeral, could have little meaning for us, but could carry a significant importance for someone else. This meaningful message is one we could all relate to, always go to the funeral. Unsolicited or not, fathers give advice.
His rough start in life and his escape from the Chinese made people sympathize with him at the beginning. But after being exiled, the Dalai Lama’s spiritual, political and moral authority was rooted through his advocacy for Tibetan freedom from the Chinese and he was admired by the West for his peaceful resistance towards China, which earned him a Noble Prize. Second of all, in the West, the Dalai Lama is viewed as a living Ghandhi for applying his pacifist policies regarding China’s forced entrance into Tibet. Third of all, his modern view of Buddhism as well as his approaches to significant public issues like the human rights, the oppression of the minority and the environment, affected and influenced the West significantly. The combination of these three points allowed him to meet with world leaders.
Every human life is a series of events, starting with making birth and ending at the funeral. Each event carries a particular meaning, special moments and unforgettable memories. Vietnamese Buddhist funerals, which include traditional and political factors, mark a major change for the dead people and for his relatives ' life. The Vietnamese attach great importance to two traditional family obligations: The first one is to care for their parents in their old age and the second is to mourn them in death. Most of Vietnamese are Buddhist, even though they are non- religious, they are affected by Buddhism’s tradition and celebrate the same way with Vietnamese Buddhist.
One was young Hikaru’s hakamagi, where he officially entered boyhood at three. He refers to kami here and there, but the story is not overly religious. However, for the strong Buddhist flavor in Heike Monogatari, there are also hints at Shinto ceremonies. An instance that comes to mind is when a clan leader wanted divination as to which side to battle on. He went to the shrine of Ikumano and had sacred dances and cock fights performed for the kami that had been absorbed into Buddhism.
"The establishment ruins … were scattered in the weeds," Deming composed. "In this season of turbulence, did nobody nurture Buddhist undertakings?" Ruler Zhenzong consented to modify the sanctuary and have the Buddha's parietal bone, and the remaining parts of other Buddhist holy people, covered in an underground grave at the sanctuary, as per Deming's engravings. They were entombed on July 21, 1011 A.D., in "a most grave and expound internment function," Deming composed. Deming lauded the head for revamping the sanctuary and covering the Buddha's remaining parts, wishing the ruler a long life, faithful priests and various grandchildren: "May the Heir Apparent and the majestic rulers be honored and prosperous with 10,000 posterity; may Civil and Military Ministers of the Court be steadfast and enthusiastic; may the three military and subjects appreciate a glad and serene time … " Buddha internment The parietal bone of the Buddha was covered inside an internal coffin made of gold, which, thus, was set in an external coffin made of silver, as indicated by the archeologists.
This would preserve the body without embalming. Two bejeweled swords, one with a scabbard of Chinese jade and one sheathed in gold encrusted with Burmese rubies, were placed, one on either side of his body. His eyes were left open, as a symbol to signify he could see the jeweled weapons, part of the riches promised by the lamas. Then the lamas began to pray for the Oracle to come out from behind the arched mouth of a cave leading off the underground chamber. They prayed in earnest, in relays, for ten days to the sound of cymbals and the smell of burning incense.
The true question however, is how was Silko able to so prudently show her readers the underlying theme of continuity and change in “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” in order to portray the challenge Native Americans endured? “Send us rain clouds, Grandfather” Leon, one of the characters in this story was visibly essential for Silko to depict the theme (continuity and change). The quote is a clear example of characterization. Leon realized a ritual for Teofilo after he had been found dead under a tree. The ritual was Native American and so the priest of the town was not very happy about
Ashoka was not only an able ruler but also brought along the quality of social justice to his already strong administration. Ashoka embraced Buddhism after the bloody conquest of kalinga (modern day Orissa) because he felt a sense of remorse. Thereafter tolerance,compassion, reverence for life and peaceful co-existence were the cornerstones of his administration. Under him the earliest bans on slavery and capital punishment came into place along with environmental regulations as well. King Ashoka made a lot of effort to spread Buddhism not only across his kingdom but also outside his Kingdom.
“Our prime purpose in our life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don't hurt them” - Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is a buddhist monk who lives a life of joy and peace by helping others, to try and allow one to be the best person one can be. Sophocles shows in the play Oedipus Rex that it is human nature to want the best for one another. This can be shown through the servant as he is threatened and questioned about his past, and Teiresias holding his tongue in spite of the King's cruel remarks.