Buddhism Reflection Paper

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Reflection Paper 1: Beliefs of Buddhism

In this paper, I have decided to reflect on the beliefs of Buddhism, specifically on one of the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, which is Theravada. In this reflection paper, I will be discussing how I became a Buddhist, my basic knowledge of Buddhism, the etiquette of being in a temple, what my parents have taught me from a young age. Additionally, I will express my own opinions, views and personal experience specifically on Karma and the 5 Precepts.

Originally, I was born in Thailand and growing up in Cambodia for the first five years of my life their, therefore it is clear that I would naturally follow the beliefs of Theravada Buddhism. Furthermore, I also come from a family of
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It was actually the first time I’ve ever heard of them. The topic that I could relate most to was Karma, it seemed the most familiar to me. Again, I’m always constantly reminded of karma with my parents. “Do good, receive good in your life and next life. Do bad, receive badness whether it be in this life or next.” Something along those lines, my parents are always telling me this. As a result, I try to do a lot of good things such as charity work, giving out money to the poor on the streets, being respectful to elders and parents in particular. They influence me to believe that the way I treat them in this life is the way my future children will treat me, they also mention how God is always watching what you’re doing. This is one of aspect of Buddhism, which I take quite seriously, because I do believe in karma. There are many personal family problems that have taken place and it does scare me because from what I’ve seen it does connect with Karma.

The discussion of the 5 precepts was another feature of Theravada Buddhism, which I could relate to. I roughly know the 5 ground rules of being a good Buddhist. I do agree that it is bad to kill human beings, steal things, and cheat on your partner. In my opinion, breaking rules 1,2,3,5 is fine as long as they don’t have major consequences. As a Buddhist I do kill living beings such as insects and ants, I take my sister’s clothes without asking, I also believe that everyone has gotten involved in a conversation

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