Buddhism As A Social Structure Model Essay

1102 Words Nov 11th, 2016 5 Pages
In India, around the 6th century B.C., a man rose up from royalty to an enlightenment and began teaching, the Buddha. At the same time, in China, Confucius too was just initiating his teachings in social construction. Their teachings become important and are still influential in their countries. For India, and later on in China too, Buddhism becomes a religion and in China, Confucianism became a social structure model. Throughout their teachings, three philosophies were covered by both teachers in their own way. These viewpoints were humanity without selfishness, education in the fundamentals of firmness in beliefs and keeping fresh minds, and relationship duty within the society. In Buddha’s teachings, the first topic that is encountered is the humanity of a person. His beliefs are founded in humans always suffering and never leaving that stage. His principal teachings are in the Four Noble Truths. The first Noble Truth is suffering. In response for suffering the other Noble Truths come to play. The Second is that suffering leads to desire or thirst, the Third is to become detached from this desire and last, the Fourth, is to go through the middle path to reach the mental state of Nirvana. His suggestions from the Four Noble truths is to become detached from the image of self and suffering. “Self is an imaginary, false belief which has no corresponding reality, and it produces harmful thoughts of ‘me’ and ‘mine’, selfish desire, craving…” Buddhism teaches its…

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