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    after life. Nirvana is a state of perfect peace and happiness and is the highest state one can attain after their many lives. The Four Noble Truths are the bases of the Buddhist faith. They encompass the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. They are: Dukkha - Suffering does exist, Samudaya - There is a cause for suffering, Nirodha - There is an end to suffering, and Magga - In order to end suffering, you must follow the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path consists of right view, right intention,…

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    This is the Creed to Buddhism. The First Noble Truth is “dukkha” which means life is suffering. The Buddha realized that everyone obtains sorrow and pain, but did not believe that’s how we should go about living our lives. The physical aspects of suffering include birth, old age, sickness, and death. The mental…

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    Part three: Buddhism and the film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring. Introduction Buddhism is a religion to around three hundred million people across the globe. The term originates from the word ‘budhi, ' which means ‘to awaken. ' The doctrine was initiated about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama (Buddha) was himself enlightened at the age of 35. Besides being a mythology, the approach is based on a philosophical take which involves seeing and testing natural laws, with a basis…

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    Spirituality is one of the most fundamental aspects that separates humans from other animals. The belief in a higher power correlates to more complex thinking and a deeper consciousness. The human being is a complicated organism with a unique psyche and spirit. When we experience suffering, we look for answers as to why and how we can rectify the wrongs. This could be an attempt to place the blame on something or someone else while also yearning for redemption. The various religions and…

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    I believe that popularity of The Parable of the Burning House is partially due to the fact that it discusses a couple of key aspects of the Lotus Sutra. The idea of suffering and the idea of skillful means are both central concepts of the Lotus Sutra; both skillful means and suffering are addressed in this parable. I believe that this parable’s representation of skillfull means lays the foundation for the many references to skilfull means that follows. Before discussing the parable I want to…

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    Since the beginning of mankind, humans have searched for collective actualization in order to truly understand themselves and the world around them. The concept of self-discovery is explored in the novel, Siddhartha, through the spiritual journey of the main character during the lifetime of the historical Buddha. Originally a Brahman, a member of the highest Hindu class, Siddhartha abandons his life in hope of finding wisdom and reaching Nirvana, the final goal of Buddhism. Throughout the novel,…

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    Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is a fiction book that is also based on some facts. The book portrays the Buddha’s (also known as Siddhartha) path to enlightenment. Siddhartha is born as the son of a Brahmin into a happy life, everyone has high expectations and receives constant praise from his friend Govinda. He is living a life that anyone would long for, but secretly, he is unhappy and unsatisfied. He has been practicing the ways for the brahmin for years like his dad hasn’t found enlightenment.…

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    Buddhism can be broken down into main schools all have their own teachings and purposes. The school are Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism and Zen Buddhism I will discuss the similarities and differences. Theravada Buddhism,it is considered the most conservative branch of Buddhism. It is known to be a monastic branch and is very strict, Thereavada is known for sticking to the original teachings of Buddha. According to Theravada Buddhism, one must live ethically, meditate,…

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    The idea of karma in Western Civilization has grown to an exponential misunderstanding of the true meaning behind the word. We see karma in almost every TV/Movie program and all, give the wrong definition of the truth behind the word karma. Karma is the “sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.”(Wikipedia) Karma is not about helping an old man cross the street and then you being rewarded with the winning numbers to…

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    Essay On Modern Day Yoga

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    The discipline of Yoga provides the fabric of life in which disciples secede from the material world in the direction of ‘the great disembodied thought’ and spiritual freedom. An idea that people are not bound to what appears to be the only real existence. A way of freeing the mind and true identity from obstruction and society. (pg. 29) The basis for Yoga is control of the body and working towards separation from the physical self and material world. The goal is to become an observer in which…

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