Buddhism Papers

  • Siddhartha The Heros Journey

    1599 words, 7 pages

    English 10H Siddhartha Essay: The Hero’s Journey In many novels, the protagonist partakes in a journey also known as the hero’s journey. In the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha represents the protagonist setting out on that quest or hero’s journey. Siddhartha’s quest is about finding spiritual enlightenment and it follows the format of a hero’s journey. In the beginning of a hero’s journey, there is always a call to adventure. The call to adventure is the point in the protagonist’s life when they first realize that everything in their life is going to change.

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    Asian Religions And Experiences

    2632 words, 11 pages

    What is “Asian Religions?” It seems like a very simple question to answer, does it not? The term “Asian religions” refers to the religions that one can consider to be located centrally around Asia. Also, another condition for the term is that the religions hold some specification for being a base religion. This means that the religions can be considered as the religion that other religions derived from. An example of this religion is Buddhism, because it derived from the Hindu tradition, which is also another Asian Religion. So, more significantly than the word “Asian R

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    4246 words, 17 pages

    Once imbued in an aura of adventure, remoteness, and exoticism, the region of the high Himalayan and Central Asian plateau is a global hot spot for ethnic, national, and territorial conflicts. At the heart of the region is Tibet, whose struggles reflect those of the region at large. The Tibetan capital city of Lhasa was ground zero for the March 2008 protests, which soon spread to Tibetan regions in other provinces. Approximately 122,078 Tibetans, including those born in Tibet and those of Tibetan ancestry, live in exile in Asia and Oceania, Europe, and North America, according to a ce

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    Buddhism In Action

    1566 words, 7 pages

    Buddhism in Action Zen Buddhism represents one of the earliest forms of Buddhism to find a foothold in United States culture. With the help of Jack Kerouac and other writers, Zen has been able to flourish in all parts of the country. Most importantly, Zen has found its way to Bethlehem, PA. For the Buddhism in Action assignment, James Schaefer and I attended the Blue Mountain Zendo. Zen has come a long way to find itself in the Lehigh Valley. Zen’s earliest roots are in China (where it was known as Ch’an). The establishment of the school is credited to Bodhidharma. In the 5th cent

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    1875 words, 8 pages

    Siddhartha written by Herman Heese follows a boy’s search for enlightenment. In the beginning of the novel Siddhartha is a dissatisfied because the Brahmin life is not reaching him towards the path of enlightenment. Siddhartha feels that his parents are not guiding him towards the path of enlightenment. “He had begun to feel that the love of his father and mother, and also the love of his friend Govinda, would not always make him happy. He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, the wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their wisdom, that

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    Theravadan Buddhism

    1078 words, 5 pages

    Throughout history there have been numerous philosophies and theologies that men and women have entrusted their lives and ways of living to. One of the most intriguing is that of Buddhism. The great Buddha referred to his way as the middle way, and he, as the "Enlightened One" began the teachings of the religion with his first five Ascetics who he shows his middle way. This great occasion is the start to what will be known as Theravadan Buddhism. Although Theravadan Buddhism would later be seen as the "small vehicle," it provides the first idea of the doctrine anatman or having no-self that sh

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    2674 words, 11 pages

    Joshua Mileikowsky November 2, 2010 HS 235: History of Modern China Pa Chin: Family During Pa Chin’s time in China there were many events that changed how the people of China would evolve from their old traditions of Confucian ideology and teachings to a more progressive and western lifestyle. There were many conflicts and movements during the time from when Pa Chin was born till the time he died. China went from a Monarchy and generations of Emperors to a form of government that was no longer run by just one man or in some cases by a woman such as the Empress Dowag

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    1163 words, 5 pages

    |G |andhara Civilization | | | |"The land of fragrance and | | | |beauty" | Gandhara comprises the area to the west of river Indus and north of river Kabul. Hiuen Tsang, the renowned Chinese pilgrim, who visited Gandhara in the early 7 century AD, wrote that the Kingdom of Gandhara formed the tract of the country on the west bank of Indus and north of Kabul rivers which included the Peshawar Valley and the modern Swat, Buner and Bajaur.Gandhara, the crad

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    India Vs China

    2727 words, 11 pages

    The period in the history of civilization after the decline of the river valley culture is known as the classical, it runs from 1000 B.C.E until the 5th century. These civilizations grew well beyond their roots, expanding their empires and developing complex technology and societies. Developments within each of these expanding civilizations mark a signification period in world history. Classical China and Classical India are one of the most unique early civilizations during the Classical Period.   They are known for their contributions to its modern world.   China and I

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    Knowing The Path And Walking The Path Neo And Sid

    1557 words, 7 pages

    Reading Siddhartha and watching The Matrix are, in a way, taking different paths to the same destination. They parallel each other in many ways, and differ in just as many; however they both can lead to the same conclusions. The same can be said about life. Everything has its path, but in the end, can reach the same plateau of enlightenment: nirvana. The following will provide an attempt to recreate an experience of unity not just between these two stories, but unity between everything. This essay is fully debatable. Even the fact that this is itself an essay is debatab

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    Buddism Vs Hinduism

    1036 words, 5 pages

    The people of the world practice many different religions. Asia has had many religions spring up, but out of these, Buddhism and Hinduism are the most widely held beliefs in the general population. Hinduism is the oldest known religion and is rich with literally hundreds of gods, symbolistic rituals and beliefs. It is believed to have been established around 1500 B.C. but not by a single individual. Hinduism evolved over a long period of time. Buddhism on the other hand has a definite founder, Siddhartha Gautama who is otherwise known as the Buddha or Enlightened One who lived from 565 t

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    Womens Lifestyle In Medieval Europe

    1433 words, 6 pages

    The Middle Ages did not offer women many options of lifestyles. During these times women could either be virgin martyrs and sacrifice themselves in religious rituals, or become wives and mother. None of these options offered women a real chance to live, to create, to enjoy. New options emerged, these options allowed them not only to live free of male dominance, but also to be educated and to use their creativity in areas like music, theater, science, and philosophy. These options were monastic life, mysticism and life among the Beguines. Among the women who opted one of

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    Buddhism Hinduism Taoism

    1853 words, 8 pages

    The origins of Hinduism can be traced to the Indus Valley civilization sometime between 4000 and 2500 BCE. Though believed by many to be a polytheistic religion, the basis of Hinduism is the belief in the unity of everything. This totality is called Brahman. The purpose of life is to realize that we are part of God and by doing so we can leave this plane of existance and rejoin with God. This enlightenment can only be achieved by going through cycles of birth, life and death known as samsara. One's progress towards enlightenment is measured by his karma. This is the acc

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    14 Th Century Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

    1193 words, 5 pages

    The word bodhisattva comes from two words: bodhi, which means enlightened and sattva, which translates to existence or being. In early Buddhism, the word bodhisattva referred to the past lives of the Buddha. They can also be objects of devotion to Buddhists. Traditionally, bodhisattvas are beings who are capable of reaching full enlightenment and entering Nirvana but vows never to do so until all beings enter Nirvana. Instead, they help others and lead them to enlightenment. Bodhisattvas give help without selfish reasons and because they are motivated by love and compassion, they respond to

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    2206 words, 9 pages

    Asia is the world's largest continent, and in all of recorded history, has never been fully conquered. In Asia, the third largest religion is Buddhism, an almost 3,000 year old belief system that has only grown over time. Buddhism is a religious viewpoint that has spread its influence all over the world, starting from India. Buddhism is continuing to influence and lead many in its way to end suffering, how to coexist in the world, and above all find happiness and enlightenment, which means mental awakening. It is unknown when Buddhism was started, but it is thought to

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    987 words, 4 pages

    SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology The Culture of Thailand Presented by: Presented to: Thesis Statement This research report will discuss Thailand, the country as a whole, and its beliefs based on family, religion, economics, and politics. Outline I. Introduction II. The Make-up of Thailand III. Family IV. Religion V. Economics VI. Politics VII. Historical Landmarks VIII. Thai Money IX. Thai Food X. Conclusion XI. Bibliography It is said that Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Millions of honeymooners

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    Seven Years In Tibet

    1005 words, 5 pages

    This motion picture is based on the true story of the most famous alpine explorer Heinrich Harrer. It is a movie about love, friendship, war, and peace. In 1939, the mentioned Austrian celebrity departed for the Himalayas, where he was captured by the British while climbing one of the world's highest peaks. He became the prisoner of war somewhere in India, but eventually, he escaped and made his way to Tibet, where he met Dalai Lama, who was considered the Holy Lord, defender of faith, and ocean of the wisdom by the Tibetans.   The young Dalai La

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    The Servant Leader

    1008 words, 5 pages

    Teaching by Parable James C. Hunter teaches us that to be a good leader, we must first be a servant. He teaches these simple and old lessons in his book by way of a parable, or simple story. In the introduction to the book, Mr. Hunter tells us that the skills and knowledge to be a great leader are not new, but very old and timeless. He takes a very readable approach in teaching these lessons to the reader by presenting them as a story of a successful general manager at a large glass manufacturing facility in northern Michigan by the name of John. We first meet J

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    Yoga In Hinduism And Buddhism

    1003 words, 5 pages

    Yoga and meditation play an important role in understanding the basis on which both Hinduism and Buddhism are derived from in development of the mind, body, and soul. By doing this and living by it, it is said that you can live your life with the right dharma. Yoga and mediation are the center practices in which these religions believe in. If your mind and body are in sync, you are better able to live the correct spiritual path. Yoga and meditation are defined differently in both religions. When performing yoga and meditation as a Hindu there are eight stages that help you obtain a good

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    Buddhist Psychology

    1001 words, 5 pages

    PSYC 658 Buddhist Psychology II First Paper The First Noble Truth is about suffering. “The inescapable truth that existence entails suffering.” (Kornfield, 2009, pp.241) There are different kinds of suffering. The first kind of suffering is suffering of suffering. It includes the suffering of birth, aging, sickness, death and coming across what is not desirable. This suffering is different from pain. Pain is unavoidable; pain is a natural phenomenon. However, if we refuse to experience pain as it is, there comes suffering. The second kind of suffering is suffering of impermanence. We want

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    1010 words, 5 pages

    Pity, sympathy, empathy, compassion. Each is received at various times by one in distress. They are the responses engendered by our misfortunes from those we encounter. And each feels different when received. Each has a different effect on those who are suffering in the midst of psychic or physical crisis. Of the four, compassion has a unique quality, a quality so different from the rest that it connotes a certain spiritual as well as emotional characteristic. Perhaps for this reason it is often cited in spiritual/religious texts as a virtue to be sought and develope

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    Buddhism In China

    1012 words, 5 pages

    While there was an appeal of Buddhism in certain majorities in China, there was still an expression of heavy distaste towards the many differences of Buddhism. While there were those who defended Buddhism and accepted what the religion had to offer and others who scrutinized and belittled it for its seemingly outlandish practices, many tried to keep peace between both religions. While documents two, three, and five all have positive outlooks of Buddhism and encourages the growth of the religion, documents six and four believe that the teachings of Buddhism should be ter

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    Buddhist Wisdom For Christian Living

    1248 words, 5 pages

    The Buddha The Buddha lived in India 2,500 years ago. He created the fourth largest religion in the world. Only through abandoning his life of pleasure, was he able to gain final enlightenment. He obtained supreme wisdom, realizing that in order to obtain anything, you first have to lose everything. Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama between the border of India and Nepal in a place called Lumbini. Before he was born, his mother had a dream about a white elephant. This was interpreted, that he would become a great ruler or holy man. One day, they said, he would either conquer the world or

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    1257 words, 6 pages

    According to you, what is the state of Buddhism in India and South-East Asia? It is quite good to be honest and evolving with every passing day. The practitioners are sincere and genuinely interested in Dharma. Moreover, it has also reached an academic level in various parts of this region which is better than how it used to be a decade ago. Of course, there is always scope for better, but I am quite content with the present state. You studied in the Shedra (Buddhist University) which was an intensive nine year-long study program after which you attained the degree of

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    Japanese Illustrated Handscrolls

    1259 words, 6 pages

    Japanese paintings come in a variety of formats, including large screens used to partition a room, hanging scrolls that are displayed against a wall, and bound books and albums. The illustrated handscroll, or emaki, has traditionally been a format that is particularly suited for narrative painting. Like a book, a handscroll is an intimate object that is held in the hands and is ideally viewed by only a few people at a time. Composed of sheets of paper or silk joined horizontally and rolled around a dowel, handscrolls are unfurled one segment at a time, in sections about

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    Buddhism Vs Hinduism

    1268 words, 6 pages

    World Religion Professor Page Buddhism Vs Hinduism This world has derived of many difference religions since the beginning of time. Something religions are polytheistic, monotheistic, worship idols and so on. Asia has been the birth place of many world religions. Asia is the birth place of two popular beliefs in the general population, Buddhism and Hinduism. Hinduism is said to be the oldest known religion and has hundreds of gods, symbolist rituals and beliefs. This religion is believed to have been established around 1500 B.C, even though no one person founded Hinduism as it ev

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    Buddha Jesus Compare Contrast Essay

    1263 words, 6 pages

    COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY I chose to write my compare and contrast essay on the founding figures in Buddhism and Christianity. I have the most interest in this subject since I am still so new to Christianity plus I'd like to learn and understand more about Buddhism. Learning the basics of Buddhism for a week was very interesting and informative so this essay allows me the perfect opportunity to gain further knowledge and background that was simply not possible to accomplish with so many religions to cover in one school term. Before I begin, I want to start by

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    Gender As A Fundamental Role In The Topic Of Religion

    1270 words, 6 pages

    Gender has always played a fundamental role in the topic of religion. The type of faith that an individual chooses to embrace can ultimately identify the type of life they decide to live and molds them into the person that they become. Choosing to live by certain religious customs can - and often will - determine the clothes they wear, the people they surround themselves with, and certain ideas and activities that they practice. Within the vast range of different religions, each religious group creates either an equal balance between man and woman or strictly divides

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    Comparison Of Two Religions

    1494 words, 6 pages

    REL 212 Siddhartha Gautama founded Buddhism in the late 6th century B.C.E., it is considered to be one of the most important religions in all of the countries of Asia. Siddhartha was born in approximately 560 B.C.; he was the son of the ruler of a district near the Himalayas now called Nepal. Siddhartha Gautama didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps and become the ruler of their district; he went on a trip outside of the district and came across four things that would forever change him. Siddhartha Gautama came across and old man, a sick man, a dead man, and a beggar, these four t

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    Analysis Of The Eight Fold Path To Enlightenment

    1496 words, 6 pages

    The Eightfold Path began as the last of Buddha’s Four Noble Truths. Through Buddha’s teachings he tells you that this is the way to end all suffering and achieve true self wakening. The eightfold path, in all its levels, is supposed to be followed and developed together. They are all linked together and help develop the other folds. There are 3 basics divisions of the path. They are wisdom, ethical conduct, and concentrations (Wikipedia 1). Wisdom helps provide an understanding of reality. Ethical conduct helps a follower to remain mentally and physically pure. Finally, concentrations h

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    1511 words, 7 pages

    Middle Land Chan Monastery is a Buddhist Temple I visited in Pomona. Middle Land Chan Monastery was built in April of 2008 and was founded by Master Wei Chueh, who is also the founder of Taiwan’s famous Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Wei Chueh wanted a Buddhist temple the inland empire to broaden the Buddhist religion and wisdom. Middle land Chan Monastery welcomes any race, gender, or religion and is free to any visitor. They offer free meditation classes of all levels and age groups. They have different days throughout the week, when they teach classes in Chinese or Englis

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    Mr Daniel Brown

    1508 words, 7 pages

    Buddhist Bioethics * Overview of Buddhist ideal and religion The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was a royal Nepalese man who lived around 2500 years ago. At 29 years of age, he left his wealthy lifestyle and spent years travelling India. During deep meditation, he had an epiphany, and saw life from a viewpoint never before experienced. This state is known as nirvana, and it was this epiphany that led to the formation of Buddhism. * A Buddhist’s goal is to reach this heightened and awakened state of being. Unlike other religions, nirvana is not a form of heaven which

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    Thai Lan Wedding

    1510 words, 7 pages

    People around the world have many different kinds of wedding due to the differences in their religions and cultures. Since most Thai people are the Buddhists, the traditional Thai wedding is mainly related to Buddhism. However, it is also blended with Thai culture and Thai people’s ways of life. Traditional Thai wedding can be organized in various ways depending on the local people’s beliefs. In this essay I will describe some details of the general traditional Thai wedding.      First of all, choosing the date to ensure a happy and prosperous marriage, the couple sh

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    The Great Chandraupta Maurya

    1508 words, 7 pages

    Erik Preston HIST 111 B001: World History before 1650 Know as the founder of Mauryan Empire, King Chandragupta Maurya is considered to be one of the most able rulers who ruled and unified India. 1 Chandragupta was born into a family left destitute by the death of his father, chief of the migrant Mauryas, in a border fray. His maternal uncle left him with a cowherd who brought him up as his own son. Later he was sold to a hunter to ten cattle. Purchased by a Brahman politician, Kautilya (also called Chanakya), he was taken to Taxila (now in Pakistan), where he received an education in mili

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    Silk Road

    1529 words, 7 pages

    Over the past two thousand years, perceptions of distance and scale have been continually exploded by technological advances. We now take for granted: airplanes, trains and roads; distribution systems that furnish ice-cool "Perrier" in the midst of a vast, baking desert. Yet even now, Nature with a flick of her skirt belies our pretensions to mastery. When you're in the middle of a scorching desert, there is only so much your air-conditioning unit can do. Coaches turn back before an approaching sandstorm. Trains are only as reliable as their rail-tracks' sandy foundatio

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    The Importance Of Poson Poya

    1745 words, 7 pages

    Festival celebrated in Sri Lanka on the full moon of June. The Poson Poya, which is specially noteworthy to the Sri Lankan Buddhists as the day on which Emperor Asoka’s son, the arahant Mahinda, officially introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C. In addition to the normal ritualistic observances undertaken on a poya day, on Poson day devotees flock to Anuradhapura, the ancient capital city of the country, for it was there that arahant Mahinda converted the then ruler, King Devanampiya Tissa, and his court to Buddhism, thereby setting in motion a series of events that finally

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    1727 words, 7 pages

    Is the foundation of Buddhism based on myth, fanatical or blind faith? Is the foundation of Buddhism a practical philosophy and psychotherapy? Critically discuss the issues and present your argument/analysis. The foundation of Buddhism is rooted in rational intellectual comprehension through the cultivation of wisdom. It encourages faith with profound understanding authenticated by listening, by seeing and deepened by insightful thought in order to gain an understanding. Buddhism is not founded on myth, fanatical or blind faith but it is developed through self contemplation and an experienc

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    1761 words, 8 pages

    Hinduism: 1a) The Upanishads are religious discussions, composed over a period of several hundred years starting about 900 B.C.E., which speculate about the associations between the individual self and the underlying support of all. The literary genre Upanishad was sufficiently supple to allow for hundreds of such texts, but thirteen have been traditionally accepted as “principal,” on the whole because the great philosopher Shankara so regarded them. The Upanishads were an inquiry into the meaning of the individual self and its association to the underlying reality of all. When the inquiry wa

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    Tibetan Religion

    1768 words, 8 pages

    The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism. Religion has for centuries been the most defining aspect of Tibetan life and has fundamentally shaped Tibetan identity. Buddhism was introduced from India to Tibet from the 6th century where it came into conflict with the local Bon religion. The Tibetan king Trisong Detsen established Buddhism as the official religion of the state in the 8th century. He invited renowned Buddhist masters from India such as Shantaraksita and Padmasambhava who popularized the religion and helped found Tibet’s first monasteries. Bon was the indigenous religion

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    Globalization And Belief Systems

    1779 words, 8 pages

    Evaluate how globalization has impacted on both change and resistance to change in one belief system you have studied. A belief system is an organised system of ideologies and beliefs a person or group of persons use to interpret and develop their own perception of the social, cultural, physical and psychological environment around, thus shaping their worldview. A belief system seeks to answer the fundamental questions of human existence such as “what is the mean of life” and provide a philosophical basis of which the accepted social norms, values, practices and belief

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    Discuss The Methods Of Characterisation Used By Hesse And Kafka To Portray The Personalities Of Siddhartha And Gregor

    1781 words, 8 pages

    Hesse and Kafka make specific use of their main characters. Kafka’s Samsa is a trapped man. We are introduced to him just after his “metamorphosis” into a bug. He remains in this state until his death at the end. Hesse’s eponymous character is portrayed as an enviably successful – attractive, intelligent, revered - character that nevertheless chooses to set out upon a spiritual journey in order to reach enlightenment. Thus, Hesse emphasises the quality of his main character and shows us that a privileged life is not necessarily a happy one. By choosing the name “Siddh

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    Anatman: The Buddhist Soul

    2225 words, 9 pages

    The concept of anatman, or no soul, is a significant pillar in the Buddhist tradition. To deny the existence of a soul or self is a uniquely Buddhist idea which raised controversy even in the Buddha’s time. The more popular belief, even in that era, holds that humans have a core unchanging soul, or atman, which continues on after death through reincarnation. The Buddha, though, saw the soul as impermanent as all other things within this realm; and as such, knew that clinging to the conceit of the soul would lead to suffering. So then, to be released from suffering and r

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    Siddhartha Book Report

    2244 words, 9 pages

    I: Born in Germany's Black Forest on July 2, 1877, Hermann Hesse was schooled in theology from an early age by his father, a Russian missionary. Lessons in Latin and Greek followed thi schooling to prepare for his entrance into the Maulbronn Seminary School. He was admitted but ran away after only six months, vowing to become a poet. After a short stay in a psychiatric asylum, Hesse began working in a bookshop and soon after published his first novel, Peter Camenzind, in 1904. It describes a boy who leaves his small village to be a poet. Hesse continued to write and publish, making a trip to I

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    Buddhist Economics: Dethroning Capitalism

    5028 words, 21 pages

    EALC120 Buddhist Studies C120 Introduction Economics are principles that surround the entire world. They are principles that people in all industries, fields, and income levels are effected by. They play an important role in how many individuals live and how different countries’ governments operate. Mainstream economics in its entirety is now seen as something very controversial because of the widespread environmental devastation and socioeconomic disparity globally. Many argue that mainstream economics are a tool of the wealthy and the politically powerful, and that

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