Buddhism

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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 experience of insight, thereby kept from illusion. It emphasizes the practical intention of putting Buddha's teachings to work, instead of submissively... View More »

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However an unprejudiced and practical system does not include confounding or esoteric principle. With no blind faith there cannot be any force or persecution or fanaticism.

Buddhism accentuates the rational quest of truth and advocates reason over blind faith, strongly discouraging blind faith and fanaticism. For this reason we are required to understand the Buddhist perspective of faith which develops over several stages of wisdom. Faith is characterized by feelings of high opinion and of inspiration by an ideal. Faith without a logical and intellectual grasp and discrimination cannot be considered as a rational faith. Buddhism steers clear of the nastiness of that religious fanaticism which promotes faith devoid of deeper understanding and detached from wisdom.
Buddha intended his teachings to be personal advice to his students, and instructed his students to critically judge his words before

accepting them. Buddhism emphasizes the practical intention of putting Buddha's teachings to work, instead of passively accepting them as revealed truth. It challenges every individual to do his own religious seeking. While having faith in the teaching of Buddha, one can be learning the reality of such insightful teachings as dependent origination and impermanence while using the application of his teaching in our day to day lives.
Buddhism has employed philosophy as a means of understanding reality. It places special emphasis on practice and realization. The Buddha sought the answer to human suffering and anguish and discovered we could diminish our misery ...

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