How Buddhism Has Changed Essay

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How Buddhism Has Changed Albert Einstein once said, “Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.” I though this quote was an interesting beginning into seeing how this ancient religion changed over the course of its existence. I feel that Buddhism has changed over time but has maintained that core teaching that it had with the early Indians and with the Theravada teachings. Mahayana just happens to be the more loose teachings of the Buddha. The term used in …show more content…
Right though is a purifying state that removes all the negative emotions. The third is right speech. The Buddha knew the power of speech and saw that it had the ability to do good or to harm others. He advises that one should stay away from the four unwholesome activities: lying, telling tales, harsh language and frivolous talk. If one can abstain from these things then good results will be rewarded. These include respect and trust from others because you have a social cohesiveness and unity to those around you. Right action is the fourth in the Eightfold Path. This consists of abstaining from killing, abstaining from stealing and abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse. This means killing no animals, insects or people. There is nothing to be gained from it. It is a respect for life. Stealing just leads to the suffering of others as well as oneself. You must have respect for those things around you. Faithfulness and respect for the feelings of others are important features of the Buddhist approach to sexual relationships. The fifth action is right to livelihood. This is one of the more complicated of the eight because we have to be able to take care of our families. The Buddha considered that the right and wrong livelihood can be broadly divided according to the following criteria. The right one brings a true benefit to oneself or their family. The wrong is to the detriment of the others. Karma plays a part in this path.

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