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    Hsi Lai Temple Essay

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    On the end of “the way to Buddhahood” is the main building of this temple. The main building looks very close to the Bodhisattva Hall, but it has a drum on its left side and a bell on its right side. On the two side of “the way to Bodhisattva”, there are some animals’ statuses on the grass and ground. Even there are many people on this open ground, but it was really quit and peaceful here. From Buddhists here and many other visitors, I believe that Buddhism is a peaceful religion, because no one talks loudly and run back and forth hurriedly. Also, our tour guide taught us how to meditate by using some deep breath and concentrate on my action and mind. He told me that there are several benefits for meditation, such as relaxing, tracking mind,…

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    The ivory Guanyin looks like a female but is not a completely female. The iconography has long dress, smooth skin and delightful jewerys. It also has a silk belt floating in the air. With all of that clothing and jewerys, it looks like a woman. However, combined with the exquiste and complex details, it has an exposed chest with no breast, which conveys that Guanyin is not yet a completely female. As the matter of fact, Guanyin is neither woman nor man, because Guanyin has the power to transform…

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    Judah Standing Figure

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    The Standing Buddha of Thailand was made during the Ayutthaya Period, 15th-16th century, and stands at 57 and ½ inches. This bronze statue demonstrates numerous qualities of a Buddha, a fully-enlightened being who has achieved nirvana and is completely free of transmigration. Comparatively, another bronze statue known as the Standing Figure of a Youth is a Greek sculpture made c. 470 BCE, and is about nine inches tall. The statuette’s observers believe that the piece of art exemplifies the Greek…

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    The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch was most likely written by multiple authors from two rival schools of Zen Buddhism. One school promotes the doctrine of sudden awakening and the other promotes the doctrine of gradual awakening. The sutra reconciles the different teachings and shows that both can lead to enlightenment. The Platform Sutra has two contrasting verses that suggest multiple authors from rival schools wrote it. The first verse supports the gradual awakening doctrine and…

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    With Buddhism, going for refuge has been a very significant aspect of their religious practice since the time of the Buddha. Going for refuge marks the point where a person commits themselves to taking the Dhamma. Why is this commitment considered a refuge one might ask? In pre-Buddhist India, going for refuge meant proclaiming one’s allegiance to a powerful person or god in hopes of receiving protection from danger in return. Similar to the Hinduism religion, Buddhism is not a theistic…

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    When moving further into an analysis of how Siddhartha mirrors the teachings of Buddha in his own life, it is important to note the ways that he does follow the rules of Buddhism as well as goes against them. In addition to the idea of following his own path, Siddhartha also follows these teachings in the fact that he does not mean to cause pain to anyone and only wanted to live his life in a way that would please him. At first, he does this by living in a kind of gluttony. He does not want for…

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    Greek Standing Figure

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    The Standing Buddha of Thailand was made during the Ayutthaya Period, 15th-16th century, and stands at 57 and ½ inches. This bronze statue demonstrates numerous qualities of a Buddha, a fully-enlightened being who has achieved nirvana and is completely free of transmigration. Comparatively, another bronze statue known as the Standing Figure of a Youth is a Greek sculpture made c. 470 BCE, and is about nine inches tall. The statuette’s observers believe that this piece of art exemplifies the…

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    Mahayana Buddhism In America

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    Nichiren says “among the teaching of the lotus Sutra, that of women attaining buddhahood is foremost.” Nichiren sends letters of encouragement to many female followers and gave several the name “Shoin” or saint. The strength of faith and independence of spirit shown by these women impressed him deeply. Other forms of Buddhism say that females are not allowed to attain enlightenment or Buddhahood. Nichiren Daishonin thouh other wise. He thought they are the fundamental base of becoming…

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    Bodhisattva means a person who is on the path of enlightenment. The most important virtue that a Bodhisattva should have is compassion. Further, according to Mahayana Buddhism, compassion is considered to be the central virtue that the Bohisattvas should have. For them the supreme virtue that Bodhisattava should have is not Arahatta (personal fulfillment in enlightenment) but Buddhahood characterized by compassion or Karuna (Klostermaier, 1999). In their concept Bodhisattava in not a special…

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    Buddhism focuses on the doctrine of the Bodhisattva. The term Bodhisattva can also be named as Buddhahood, which means desire for complete enlightenment, has been aroused. Mahayana Buddhism shapes on those beliefs in order to build a distinctive opinion. It is therefore believed by the Mahayana that there vehicle is better than others since its more complete and also allows more and more people to benefit from them. The difference between…

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