Buddhism 's Appeal And Core Beliefs Essay

1114 Words Oct 9th, 2014 5 Pages
Based on the provided documents, responses to the spread of Buddhism were chauvinistic and threatened, inclusionary, or effects of China’s disunity. Three additional documents that would help analyze responses to the spread of Buddhism would be those written by a woman, a convert to Buddhism from Confucianism or Daoism, and a Chinese Buddhist monk who lived during the Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution. Buddha’s sermon and Zong Mi’s essay demonstrate how their nation’s instability influenced Buddhism’s appeal and core beliefs. At the core of Buddhism is the belief that all life is suffering. Siddhartha Guatama’s teachings, “The Four Noble Truths”, are the crux of his first sermon. The Four Noble Truths teach that life is full of suffering and sorrow, which is caused by selfish desire. Selfish desires are derived by wishes for temporary things such as money and power. The Buddha preaches that you may end suffering by ending those selfish desires, and you may overcome them by following the “Way that Leads to the Stopping of Sorrow”, or the Eightfold Path. Siddhartha Guatama is biased because before this sermon he encounters people facing hunger, poverty, and disease and he concludes that the suffering is a result of “craving”. However, the suffering he witnessed everywhere was likely influenced by the disorder in India. Prior to these encounters he was sheltered his entire life, and he could not understand how life could be so tragic. He fasts and meditates until he can come up…

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