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 tell us that we can overcome sufferings by virya ( efforts ) and by a resolution of problems . The virtue of virya causes a buddhist to make efforts again and again . Virya is one of the six mental factor in theravada buddhism . A buddhist is expected not to yield under any
The opening line of the famous Buddhist teaching of Dhammapada has most often been translated in English as: “Experiences are preceded by mind, led by mind, and produced by mind.’ Discuss how this quote reveals some of the key features of the Buddhist conception of mind. In order for one to completely comprehend this quote from the buddha in the teaching of Dhammapada one has to understand the meaning of what Dhammapada truly is, Dhammapada means the eternal truth. Dhammapada is an ancient Buddhist scripture that was traditionally accredited to the buddha. This quote from the Dhammapada reveals the key features of the Buddhist conception of mind such that one is responsible for our own reality and experiences to see reality how it is truly
Some people may misunderstand that following the teaching of the Buddha is similar or same as what Christian does, however Buddhism urge people to follow the Buddha’s teaching but not worshiping of obeying him. In Buddhism, Buddha is only a role model as he is the first and the only one who
Pictures of Buddha Amitabha and the Pure Land were created as well. (Andrews 1991, 185) Shandao made the Pure Land doctrines and practices more systematic. 2.5 Development after Tang Dynasty In Tang Dynasty, the spread of Pure Land Buddhism was affected by political environment. For the people who supported the monastic tradition, they tried to combine Pure Land into Chan Buddhism’s teaching. One of the supporters Chuhung (1535-1615) once mentioned that there were no big differences between the Buddhists teaching because they were all based on Chan Buddhism.
In A Biography of the Tripitaka Master, writer Huili depicts Xuanzang’s emotional encounter as he worshipped the Bodhi tree and the image of the Buddha attaining enlightenment. As Huili writes, “After having looked at the image with deep sincerity, he prostrated himself before it and deplored adly, saying with self-reproach, ‘I do not know where I was born in the course of transmigration at the time when the Buddha attained enlightenment. [...] It makes me think that my karmic hindrances must have been very heavy!’” These lines vividly portray the intense emotional and religious experience Xuanzang narrated during his time in India. His visit to the Bodhi tree made a deep impression on him, provoking his own self-questioning and awareness as to where he was in the process of his own life and where he stood within the Buddhist belief system. Evidently, this experience had a profound impact on him, and fueled his desire to reconcile and gain deeper insight and understanding on parts of the faith that were unclear or unknown to him.
The main motive behind motivation for Buddhist is for self-realization. Whereas the main reason for meditation for is psychological than religion in Hinduism. For Hindus, meditation is like feeling connected with the God, who is the creator. The other main purpose for doing mediation is mental and physical relaxation. In Buddhism, Buddhist monks do meditation in order to improve their fighting techniques.
Hindus claims that the caste system was divine in nature. On the other hand, Buddhism offered ordination openly to all people regardless of caste. In Buddhism, if any of the caste does deeds such as stealing, slandering, lying and practice wrong beliefs, they are considered to have done negative deeds and therefore are not worthy or deserving respect, whatever their caste. Buddhists also believe that anyone can achieve enlightenment, where Hindus believe one must be of the Brahmin caste in order to achieve enlightenment. Both Buddhism and Hinduism also varies on the concept of non-duality.
Buddhism teaches that anyone can become enlightened, even paving their own way to becoming a buddha once that certain level of enlightenment has been obtained. Many Buddhists believe that the Buddha taught his followers to think for themselves and carefully examine the teachings of the religion so they could what is right for them. Though this history is shared, the differences between Theravada and Mahayana teachings are noticed. At the base of these differences is the belief in Theravada Buddhism, that people have find the way to nirvana through their own individual effort. The Theravada provides teachings about karma, cause and effect, as well as learning to obtain distance from troublesome thoughts.
Sometimes referred to as the “greater vehicle,” Mahayana is personal, and its followers consider the Eternal Buddha still around to help beings achieve Nirvana. A key point of Mahayana Buddhism is the thought that each being has a Buddha nature; those who discover their inner Buddha and achieve Nirvana are called Bodhisattvas. These enlightened beings choose to stay on Earth out of compassion to humankind to help others follow the Dharma and end