Mahayana Essays

  • Guanyin In Mahayana Buddhism

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    Guanyin, the deity of mercy who is worshipped by the Chinese and East Asian society, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion in Mahayana Buddhism, is the most popular and influential Buddhist bodhisattva originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara introduced from India (Guang, 2012). It is believed that Chinese people are not surprised with the Guanyin beliefs and the traditional Guanyin worshipping activities as Guanyin always appears in the Chinese History and culture. Another familiar Chinese names

  • The Five Paths In The Mahayana School Of Buddhism

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    across Asia, particularly towards the north and through the region of Tibet and China, there was an emergence of the Mahayana tradition that adopted the regional and local customs which began to augment, reevaluate and reshape fundamental early Indian Buddhist concepts. Thus, early Indian Buddhism had inevitably evolved and formed a new school of Buddhism known as Mahayana. The Mahayana school of Buddhism shares vast similarities with Early Indian Buddhism in their fundamental beliefs but have contrasting

  • Comparison And Contrast Essay: The Tang Dynasties Of China

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    government. The purpose of these exams were to put people in different social classes depending on their intellectual ability. Jinshi were people who pasted the Ministry of Rites. Mahayana Buddhism was a version Buddhism. This kind of Buddhism was mainly different because it was the Chinese version of Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism put emphasis on

  • How Did Buddhism Influence Japanese Culture

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    Japan, also Japan's art and culture in Japan. Japan in the Middle Ages has had many firsts happen like during the Medieval period time. *Back during the 6th century BC, in India, Buddhism was originated. Buddhism's main branch it came from was Mahayana, (Greater Vehicle). China and Korea also, got the religion Buddhism not just Japan. Kudara, Paikche, kingdoms in Korea had actually imported Buddhism to Japan. Once Buddhism was welcomed into Japan's new state, Buddhism was not that common to people

  • Theravāda Buddhism In Vietnamese Culture

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    Talking about Vietnamese Buddhism, Mahāyāna Buddhism will be on people’s top of mind, which has a deeply influence in Vietnamese culture for many centuries. That is about today, how was it in ancient times? We cannot go back to the ancient time to see what really happened during that time but we can see it through all the historical records and artifacts, which is still existed and preserved until now. According to historical record, in the 2nd century CE the former Kingdom of Champa, which is

  • Cultural Influence Of Mormons

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    understanding of dependent origination and the Four Noble Truths. Two major branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars-Theravada and Mahayana. Vajrayana, a body of teachings attributed to Indian teachers, may be viewed as a third branch or merely a part of Mahayana. Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast

  • Symbolism In Buddhism Art

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    Buddha as represented in Buddhist Art Introduction: South and Southeast Asia is a vast geographic area comprising, among others, the nations of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Indonesia (fig.1). The art of South and Southeast Asia is equally diverse—and very ancient. The earliest civilization encountered is of Mehrgarh in Baluchistan. The remains of the first cities in the Indus Valley existed. The most important excavated Indus sites are Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro

  • Essay On Zazen In Zen

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    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

  • The Tibetan Sky Burial

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    A ritual is a religious or solemn ceremony in which certain actions are performed according to a prescribed order; rituals are seen across all religions and cultures. Tibetan Buddhism, is a part of the practical philosophy of Buddhism, which was first taught by Prince Siddartha Guatama (The Buddha); The philosophy is over 2,500 years old and currently has 376 million adherents worldwide (BBC , 2014). A ritual that is evident in Tibetan Buddhist culture is the Sky Burial, which has been performed

  • Essay On Theravada Buddhist Temple

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    truth of the end of suffering, magga truth of the path that frees us from suffering. The way to free all this is following the Noble Eightfold Path, this path helps you reach enlightenment or Nirvana. The Theravada Buddhism has differences with the Mahayana Buddhism the other largest sect of Buddhism. Theravada

  • Thai Buddhist Meditation

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    **************** A Brief History of Thai Buddhist Meditation Practice Meditation plays an important role in Buddhism (Buddhasasana) by the name of right mediation (sammasamadhi) being the second category of the Eight-Fold Path (Atthanghigamagga) consisted of three categories i.e., Personal Discipline (Silasikkha), Mental Perfection (Cittasikkha), and Wisdom (Panyasikkha), to obtain the ultimate goal Nibbhana of Buddhism. In Buddhist tradition, there are 2 forms of mediation i.e., tranquility meditation

  • The Influence Of Mahayana Buddhism

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    commonly known as the Buddha. Buddhism spread across Asia from India in the next thousand years or so, while at the same time splitting into two different branches: Theravada and Mahayana. Therevada Buddhism spread to southeastern Asia and Sri Lanka primarly and is considered to be the stricter version of Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism spread mostly to China, Korea, and Japan, and is considered to be more lenient than Therevada Buddhism. Buddhism is, by some sources, not considered a religion but instead

  • Comparing Humanistic Buddhism And Engaged Buddhism

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    2. Compare the background and main features of Humanistic Buddhism and Engaged Buddhism. In this essay, I will first compare the background of Humanistic Buddhism and Engaged Buddhism by looking into their time of happening, history background, reasons of emergence and their development in recent years. Next, I would compare the significant similarities and differences of Humanistic Buddhism and Engaged Buddhism. Background Humanistic Buddhism “Humanistic Buddhism” is a form of Buddhism that

  • Culture And Religion: Two Disparate Systems

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    Some would argue that culture and religion are two disparate systems, because we define religion as a system of faith, and culture as a system rooted in one’s environment. However, others would argue that culture and religion are one in the same, because both religion and culture can describe the ideas, customs, behaviours, and beliefs of a particular group. Although the specific customs and beliefs of different cultures and religions vary, both religion and culture generally describe a set of beliefs

  • Dalai Lama Research Paper

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    Who is the Dalai Lama? • The Dalai Lama is considered the head monk of Tibetan Buddhist monk. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, prefers to describe himself as a simple Buddhist monk. Because, we always see him dressed in maroon and yellow robes. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet; he has been a monk all his life. Lhamo Thondup went to the Potala Palace during the winter of 1940, where he was announced officially as the spiritual leader of Tibet. Soon after, he was taken to the Jokhang temple where

  • Nirvana Religion

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    “Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from ‘budhi’, ‘to awake” (White). Buddhism was a religion that was spread worldwide and the religion brought in peace. Particularly, the peace that was brought in this religion was because of the creator, the four noble truth, and reaching Nirvana. First and foremost, the creator was the reason for world peace and peace with oneself. The creator was Siddhartha Gautama and he was called the “Enlightened One”. He

  • The Irrational World In Macbeth's Tragedy

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    Abstract: There are two opposed worlds in “Macbeth”_ rational and irrational. Macbeth’s tragedy begins when he begins to apply the standards of the irrational world in the rational one where he lives. The rational world is marked by complexities, uncertainties and inter-dependences of events. Heroism, in this world, consists in confronting these. The irrational world is characterized by simplicities, certainties and isolation of events. Macbeth loses his heroism and becomes fear-stricken when, undeservingly

  • The Role Of Nirvana In Hinduism

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    Buddhism has its origin in the Hinduism, and they both share the belief that human are reincarnated. If humans follow the teaching of Buddha, they are capable of being rebirth. Nirvana is an important part of this transition, and it represents the transformation of the consciousnesses from material matter to the eternal reality. For several years, Buddha was never presented in the form of human due to the fact that he had achieved enlightenment. Instead, one of the symbols that represented Sakyamuni

  • Zen Buddhism Influence

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    1. Explain the influence of Zen Buddhism on Japanese culture. Zen Buddhism is not the natural religion of the Japanese people. Yet, it has had important inspiration on the culture of this island’s country. For several years, Chinese announced many Buddhists groups to Japan, using some influence. However, the Zen group had a permanent position on the island. China carried the Zen group to Japan. Zen’s complicated models especially appealed to the followers of the military class Zen enjoyed greater

  • Summary: The Great Stupa

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    Art piece 5: The Great Stupa Date: This art piece was dated c 150-50 BCE Basic outline: This was directly related to King Ashoka 's reign. The central mound was made during his reign. The middle mound was supposed to be a shining mound so worshippers from across the valley would be able to see the monument. This monument is very important for Buddhism because it is supposed to hold Buddha 's ashes beneath the base of the stupa. The belief is that Buddha 's ashes were stored in the relic (casket)