Buddhism Essays

India China Compare and Contrast

Hinduism and Buddhism were two very different religions that arose on the subcontinent of India. They were the building blocks of the most populated country in the world and still have lasting impacts today. India’s Hindu and Buddhist roots play a major role in their actions today as a world super power. By extension, Hinduism and Buddhism played very different but equally vital roles in the beginnings of India’s modern societal and cultural values. The influences on society of Hinduism…

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Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism

Distinguish between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism.             The name Theravada means “the way of the elders.” It is an austere religion that requires solitude, meditation, and self-mastery through which each member hopes to achieve Nirvana. Because of these requirements, the possibility of liberation is limited to a few. Many of its followers are monks and nuns who spend most of their time in meditation and teaching. Theravada Buddhism is sometimes called “Hinayana Buddhism,” Hinayana meaning “small vehicles,” but this term…

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The Impact of Buddhism on Indian Society

It has been said that Buddhism came as a reaction to the corruption of the Vedic ideals that were governing the Indian society. The Vedic ideals which were governing society till then had become conventional and lost their inner force. As we have seen in the earlier chapter, the caste system had a high and noble goal; but now it tended to become hereditary, rigid and inelastic. At the same time the teachings of the Vedic Rishis were being applied…

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What Is Abhidhamma_

Q : What is Abhidhamma? The Buddha preached “Abhidhamma” in the plane of Tavatimsa for three months especially dedicated to his mother Deva and the rest Devas and Bhahmas from the whole universe. At that time, the Buddha preached by very wide and very details way. Buddha repeated it to Ashin Sariputtaya by shortest way. Ashin Sariputtaya handed it on to five hundred of his disciples not too long and not too short. This way is what we have been…

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Hindu Influences in America

Discuss some Hindu influences in America. Hinduism has had an influence in America since being introduced by Swami Vivekananda in 1893, at the World’s Parliament of Religions. Religion is a complex component of our lives and it encompasses much more than our own particular traditions or personal experiences. Hinduism has had a reflection on interests around vegetarian concentration, yoga meditation, reincarnation and alternative medical treatments that have become popular in the United States. Hinduism has also introduced words, such as…

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Mahayana Vs Theravada

There are two main types of traditions in the buddhist religion, Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism are very different but also have several similarities. Theravada is known as the “School of the Elders”, while Mahayana is known as “The Great Vehicle”. Theravada follows the seven steps of purification, based on the eightfold path and emphasizes insight. This insight comes in three characteristics of life, dukkha, anatta, and anicca. It distinguishes four stages of enlightenment. It is also one…

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Bodhidharma

The evolution of Asian martial arts as they are known today is thought to have originated around 500 A. D. , when an Indian Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma arrived in China. Legend has it that he taught Indian fighting exercises to the Chinese monks in order to improve their physical condition. All kung-fu is thought to have evolved from this beginning, and from kung-fu came karate. The Bodhidharma legend has been examined in detail by Michael Spiesbach (“Bodhidharma: meditating monk,…

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East Asian Buddhism

The Ghost festival, the second most important festival of the year, is an event in which features of Buddhism are most relevant in Chinese culture. The ritual, by essence, belongs to the living and the dead – it creates a harmony between the two, as well as that between the individual, society and nature in its performance. Its Chinese term, Yu lan pen hui, is composed of the foreign word “yu lan” that refers to the pitiable fate of those…

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Essays in Idleness

Kenko sees beauty in the imperfectness and incompleteness of things. To support his view, quoted Abbot Koyu “it is typical of the unintelligent to insist on assembling complete sets of everything, imperfect sets are better” (Keene 70) What he wanted to imply is that the idealism, the impracticality of those who want to spend their lives chasing wealth will not lead to complete happiness. It is almost ironic that he implied being completely happy means being happy with the incompleteness…

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The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Everyone desires to find happiness, which can be found through anywhere: people, an object, an action, or even something as simple as a belief. People turn to religion at times of need to find satisfaction in life. In Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, the main character, Ray Smith, turns to Buddhism for happiness. During his study of Buddhism philosophy, he meets a younger writer much like himself, Japhy Ryder. While Japhy is close to his spiritual awakening, Ray is barely…

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Culture at Thai Temple

Today, I have the opportunity to go to the Thai Temple on North Broadway Street. As we all know that Thai community is not a big population in Wichita, Kansas, and there’s not many temple here as well. I walked into the temple with a beautiful site view, there was only one Buddhist statue inside the building. Walking in the temple there stood three monks with a warm welcome from them to show me around the temple. I turned around…

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Dalai Lama

The significant people and schools of thought in Buddhism that have the most impact are those that challenge adherents to follow Buddhist teachings more closely. How accurate is this statement in relation to ONE significant person or school of thought, other than the Buddha. The fourteenth Dalai Lama, also known as the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is one of the most significant religious leaders in the world and is also exceptionally important to Buddhism. He has been especially influential with regards…

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4 Points of Winning

Let’s start with “First is prayer.”Nothing is as strong as correct prayer. This is faith of “no prayer will go unanswered.” This is the Mystic Law of “no strategy can match the strategy of the Lotus Sutra.” In any struggle, everything begins with prayer. And it is vital to always continue praying. We have to pray right through any difficulty we encounter. The Mystic Law is the fundamental principle of the universe. The prayers of a person who chants, practices…

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Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, anthropologist,inspiring economist, teacher, editor, prolific writer,historian, orator, revolutionary and a revivalist for Buddhism in India. He was also the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. Born into a poor Mahar (considered an Untouchable caste) family, Ambedkar campaigned against social discrimination, the system of Chaturvarna – the categorisation of Hindu society into four varnas – and the Hindu caste…

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Two Buddhisms One Day

Mahayana Buddhists are quite clear that their way of Buddhism is superior to the way of the Theravada Buddhists because of the important innovation of Mahayana Buddhism: the bodhisattvas. This meant that there were attainable stages one could achieve on the journey to achieving Buddhahood. This enabling of attainable goals for humans to achieve in this life was perhaps the greatest point of difference between the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhists and one that the Mahyana Buddhists used to “…extend religious…

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