Essay about The Worship And Teachings Of Buddhism

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The worship and teachings of Buddhism has had a significant impact on individuals and the wider Buddhist community. Buddhism claims to be a way of life that avoids the extremes of denial and indulgence and proposes a middle way. This is a key tenet that all adherents must follow, in order to achieve nirvana, the ultimate goal for all Buddhists. Subsequently, there are many teachings and practices which guide Buddhist followers on how to live a life in attaining nirvana, that affect people individually and society as a whole. The significant practice of Temple Puja and the teachings by the Buddhist texts, principles, the XIVth Dalai Lama and the Buddha himself, guide and outline adherents on issues that may impact upon their path of enlightenment but also on modern day issues such as the area of bioethics. These concepts which are also reinforced through Buddhaghosa and Dogen, influences how individuals should live and model their life and also helps the Buddhist community to gather together in unity and help each other in reaching the ultimate goal of Nirvana.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a significant person of Buddhism who has had a pivotal impact on individuals and society. His position as the political and spiritual leader of Tibet and Vajrayana Buddhism but also as a promoter of world peace and buddhism to all people, has allowed for the development of key Buddhist teachings to suit a contemporary context. His translation of the ‘Tibetan book of the Dead’…

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