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The region of Buddhism unlike its predecessor Confucianism was able to directly address the concept of human suffering. This is what led to its wide appeal for the Chinese populace since they were undergoing a lot of suffering due to disease, displacement and scarcity of food. There was a lot of infighting between the broken state and the people of China at the time were dealing with a lot chaos and disunity. This was due to the warring states who were vying for supremacy after the fall of the Han dynasty. The Han dynasty had been so powerful and every subsequent and hopeful successor of the now divided state desired to have its glory and power. The religion of Buddhism is still very strong despite Chinas official shift to atheism. This is in spite of Communist attempts at stamping out religion when they took control of China in 1949. Buddhism continues to grow in China most especially after the economic reforms in late eighties. (PARKER, 1905)
The Buddhism that took hold in China is Mahayana form of Buddhism .In it are which variations within Mahayana Buddhism such as Zen Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism (Lamaism).The Mahayana believes in the broader interpretations of Buddha’s teachings. This is in contrast to the more abstract philosophical nature present in Theravada Buddhism. The Mahayana Buddhists also belief in more contemporary Buddha’s like Amitabha. The Theravada Buddhists are against those beliefs so do not belief in the contemporary Buddha. The Buddhisms popularity also led to the quick conversion to Buddhism by later Chinese rulers (JETTY, 1914). These rulers made Buddhism into a state religion. The subsequent Sui and Tang Dynasties also all adopted Buddhism as their religion state religion. The foreign rulers of China were also not to be left out in their pursuit and practice of Buddhism such as the Yuan Dynasty and the Manchu’s dynasties. They did this in order to connect with the Chinese populace and
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The Four Immeasurables c. Nirvana 4. Conclusion 1. Introduction to Buddhism It is the religion which was founded by the great preacher, Siddhartha Gautama also known as the Buddha, the enlightened one (Dehsen et.al 1999, 33). According to historians, the Buddha was born in 556 B.C and lived and preached in the eastern part of the country now known as India (Zamosky, 2007, 9).
It soon became a leading religion in the entire Central China. Buddhism is practiced by over 300 million people all over the world. It appeared 2500 years ago due to Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Buddha after he got enlightened beneath a Bodhi tree.
Unsatisfied and bothered by the questions which came to his mind all the time, Buddha left the life of a prince and started traveling to different places in search of the divine truth about life. During his search he never interacted with people or taught them until he thought himself to be enlightened enough to teach others.
Siddharth Gautama is more popular amongst the masses by the name of Buddha. The aforementioned spiritual leader, Buddha, was an inhabitant of the Indian subcontinent and worked throughout his life to bring an end to misery amongst the people, eradicate illiteracy, selfishness and practice self-control.
In a basic sense, Buddhism is exceptional among all religions. Buddhism does not need to promote incantation of any kind of God. Deliverance can be obtained if one can have control over his desires, as it is said - desire roots to all kinds of sufferings. The original religion did not have any God nor any Devil.
Narrowing down the exact date is made difficult due to the fact that most people do not know when Buddhism officially began. Its beginning might have been when Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism who would later become known as Buddha, first began his journey to Enlightenment, or after he became enlightened and journeyed through India to share his teachings.
Scholars have divided the history of Buddhism into five distinct periods which are Pre-sectarian (or Early Buddhism); Sectarian Buddhism (or Nikayas Buddhism); Early Buddhist Schools; Early Mahayana Buddhism; Late Mahayana Buddhism; and Esoteric Buddhism (or Vajrayana Buddhism) (Takakusu 169).
moral, ethical and social values along with preserving their teachings and demonstrating their beliefs in the best applied manner and that is the source Buddhist community to cross compare their set of believes with other practitioner and then the adaptation to the set of
ducator who regularly shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering by trying to do away with ignorance by means of comprehending and eliminating feelings of hunger, consequently, arriving at utmost delightfulness. This article is going to analyze the Buddhist
Hence Buddhism is embraced my Asian cultures because it rejects diety, promotes peace and allows individuals to find their own path to salvation through inner suffering.
One of the critical elements why Buddhism is
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