Vajrayana Buddhism: A Philosophy

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Buddhism: A Philosophy
Some may argue that it [Buddhism] is a religion. Buddhism itself is not a religion, it is a philosophy, for it has no higher deity, no divine punishment, no divine reward or an afterlife (heaven and hell). Like many religions and philosophies, Buddhism split into different sects over time, there are various sects of Buddhism, which they would are considered religions as there are essential components of religion such as a higher deity and an afterlife.

Buddhism (Boo-diz-um) is a philosophy founded by Prince Siddhartha Gautama in the late 6th century B.C.E. Prince Siddhartha was born in 563 B.C.E, into a wealthy family, he was the son of a king and a queen. At his birth, a prophet predicted that he would give
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Vajrayana Buddhism and Zen Buddhism both focus on meditation more than anything else. “The essential element of Zen Buddhism is found in its name, for Zen means "meditation." Zen teaches that enlightenment is achieved through the profound realization that one is already an enlightened being. This awakening can happen gradually or in a flash of insight. It is the result of one 's efforts. Deities and scriptures can offer only limited assistance.” (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zen Buddhism). “It is the result of one’s owns efforts” refers to one and how true they are to The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path. “Deities and scriptures can offer only limited assistance” meaning Gods, and holy scriptures can only do so much, but as Buddhists, since one is doing it for oneself on in Mahayana, for others before oneself. It depends on the person who is practicing it [Buddhism] rather than a deity in which one would put one’s faith into to receive divine reward or into a heaven of …show more content…
The existence of god is not confirmed. The Buddha is seen as an extraordinary man, not a deity.” (, Key Buddhist Concepts). Buddhism itself is not a religion, it is a philosophy, it lacks two key components to be a religion, a deity, and an afterlife. Though there are Buddhist sects far from the core that are religions, such as Pure Land Buddhism or Shin Buddhism, the core and other sects are not religions. The Buddha is not a god, he was a man whom wanted to be free from suffering, therefore he founded a philosophy which people could follow and also be free from suffering, Buddhism was not created to please a god or to live for eternity in an afterlife, it was founded for

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