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  • Theravada Buddhism
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    Buddhism Sects The similarities and differences between Theravada and Vajrayana Before we compare and contrast these two different sects of the same religion, we probably need to define the why first. There appears to quite a few different splinters of Buddhism, however they seem to all have the same goal, just a different way of achieving that goal. Why I believe it all comes down to interpretation. Since Guat ama Buddha did not have any written record of his teachings and the first documented ...
  • Fifth And Seventh Centuries Classical Mahayana Buddhism
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    General Essay on Buddhism Life of the Buddha Buddhism arose in northern India in the 6th century BCE. The historical founder of Buddhism, Siddharta Gautama (c. 560-480 BCE) was born in a village called Lumbini into a warrior tribe called the Sakyas (from where he derived the title Sakyamuni, meaning 'Sage of the Sakyas'). According to tradition Gautama's father, Suddhodana was the king of a small principality based on the town of Kapilavastu. His mother, Queen Maya, died seven days after Gautama...
  • And Zen Buddhism
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    Ch " an and Zen Buddhism Throughout the early years in many East Asian countries, there were many people who were looking for answers to this world's, and otherworldly, questions. When Gotama became enlightened, and began preaching the practices of Buddhism, it came at such a time when the Han dynasty was collapsing, citizens were tired of Confucianism and looking for a new ideology that they could put there hearts and souls into. Over the years, Buddhism proved to be much more than just a relig...
  • Submission To The Will Of Allah
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    To compare the Islamic religion, one has to first define Islam. The word Islam means surrender or submission to the will of Allah, the one God (Webster). The word Islam conveys much meaning, especially those of submission and peace. It is through the total submission to the will of God, also known as Allah, that one achieves peace with oneself, peace with the Creator, as well as peace with all creations. Muslims are believers who have submitted themselves to the will of God. The basic creed of I...
  • Herrigel's Experience With His Zen Master
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    Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel describes the ritualistic arts of discipline and focus that the Zen religion focuses around. In this book, Herrigel describes many aspects of how archery is, in fact, not a sport, but an art form, and is very spiritual to those in the east. The process he describes shows how he overcame his initial inhibitions and began to look toward new ways of seeing and understanding. In the beginning of the book Herrigel tells us that he is writing about a ritual...
  • Predominant Form Of Buddhism Throughout East Asia
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    Buddhism is a religion and philosophy founded by Siddhartha Gautama in northeast India during the period from the late 6th century to the early 4th century BC. Spreading from India to Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, Buddhism has played an influential role in the spiritual, cultural, and social life of much of the Eastern world. The Buddha, which means the "Enlightened One", died in northeastern India between 500 and 350 BC. According to tradition, his family name was Gautama...
  • Largest Followings Of Buddhism
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    Buddhism Buddhism is a major world religion which was founded in northeastern India. It is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha. It has significant numbers of followers around the world, with the majority in Asia. India has one of the largest followings of Buddhism as does China. The total following is estimated at about 300 million worldwide. Siddhartha Guat ama was born in Kapilavastu, India, just inside present day Nepal. He was the son of the head of the Sak...
  • Most Important Term In Shin Buddhism
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    Shin Buddhism was the creation of Shinran Shonin, who lived in Japan around 800 years ago. He saw, as did Buddha, that what stands in the way of our awakening to the Dharma is really only us. Specifically, it is our ego, or that illusion we have that we are a fixed and separate entity apart from everything else. Thus, Shin Buddhism starts by getting us to see our egocentric, arrogant and self-centered nature. Shin Buddhism "attacks" our ego-self. When we awaken to the fallacy of our "self", we a...
  • Centuries By The Followers Of Buddhism
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    Buddhism. Facts: 1. Buddhism is a major world religion, founded in northeastern India and based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as the Buddha, or Enlightened One. Buddhism today is divided into two major branches known to their respective followers as Theravada, the Way of the Elders, and Mahayana, the Great Vehicle. 2. Religion and philosophy (of Buddhism) founded in India in the 6th and 5th cent. B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama, called the Buddha. One of the great Asian religio...
  • Buddhism
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    FINAL PAPER LBR L STUDIES 272 MARK FERGUSON The study of Zen, it seems, became a main preoccupation of the Japanese, something never seen elsewhere. Embracing it with gusto, allowing it to mingle with old tales and myths, the Japanese raised Buddhism to a new height. Students of the ways of Buddhism found they could, if diligent, attain a measure of spiritual freedom or self-fulfillment, which may well be lacking in other forms of thinking, certainly in religions. Though I doubt very seriously t...

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