Enlightenment in Buddhism

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  • Buddhism Advantages And Disadvantages Of Enlightenment

    The foundation of most world religions is based on the presupposition that human existence is a predicament (Numrich, 62). According to the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, the explanation for this human predicament is that all life is suffering and this suffering is caused by desire. However, Buddhism provides liberation from this human predicament through the cessation of desire, enlightenment. All followers of the Buddha practice his teachings in the hopes of achieving enlightenment, whether that be in the form of a monastic or laity. Both types of followers have the ability to achieve Nirvana, but given the lifestyle and practices of a monastic, they are best prepared for enlightenment in either this lifetime or in the near future. However, although this path appears to be the most assured option, it may not be the most productive/beneficial for all. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is to free oneself from the unsatisfactoriness of life which is driven by desire. These desires are momentary and ultimately unsatisfying, yet our own personal lust will keep us in pursuit of them, creating suffering. Freedom from this suffering can only be obtained through enlightenment or Nirvana. T.P. Kasulis defines enlightenment as, “the direct…

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  • Dai Jin's 'Huike Offering His Arm To Bodhidharma'

    The Path To Enlightenment There are several legends that depict different scenes for the famed Bodhidharma and Huike. One of those is the story of Huike cutting off his arm. The paintings from Dai Jin and Sesshu ultimately show this story, with Sesshu’s painting similarly named “Huike Offering His Arm To Bodhidharma.” The story is fairly simple; Huike wanted to become truly enlightened and went on a journey to find someone to enlighten and teach him, Bodhidharma. Initially, Huike waited in the…

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  • Nichiren Buddhism Vs Lotus Sutra

    Compared to Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism, Nichiren Buddhism focuses solely on the teachings and doctrines of the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren, the founder of Nichiren Buddhism, believed that the Lotus Sutra is the only true and direct teaching of the Buddha (Earhart 138). Nichiren also criticized other forms of Buddhism while promoting his own. Nichiren believed that “Nenbutsu leads to…Hell, Zen is a devil, Shingon will destroy the nation, and Ritsu is a traitor” (Earhart 138). Nichiren…

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  • Comparing Theravada Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism And Zen Buddhism

    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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  • Similarities Between Jainism And Buddhism

    Buddhism and Jainism are belief systems that originated in India in the 6th Century. Both Buddhism and Jainism are polytheistic religions. The main goal of Buddhism is enlightenment, a belief which is centered on the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, while, Jainism is centered around the continued teachings of 24 prior teachers through Vardhaman Mahavira, and focus on the liberation of the soul. Buddhavamsa, is a Buddhist scripture, which is a part of the Pali Canon of Theravada (book of…

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  • Hinduism And Buddhism: The Ultimate Comparison

    Hinduism and Buddhism: The Ultimate Comparison: Hinduism or Buddhism are some of the world’s largest and most popular religions and beliefs. Hinduism and Buddhism have more differences than similarities. 2116A similarity is that they both believe in an idea of reincarnation. However, Buddhism is about having no self-desires while Hindus don’t have to follow this rule. Lastly, Buddhism and Hinduism have different ways of treating women. (You should state your thesis in this paragraph before…

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  • Hinduism And Buddhism Compare And Contrast

    Of the major religions of the world, Hinduism and Buddhism are two of the top five in number of followers (Pew Research Center, 2015). Sharing a common bond in their place of birth, these two world religions share common beliefs as well, yet differ from one another in many ways. In this paper I will compare and contrast Hinduism and Buddhism origin, culture, reincarnation, and karma. Hinduism and Buddhism have roots in Indian society and share many as well as two of the…

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  • Research Paper On Zazan

    own true nature and thus attain Buddhahood”(Gateless Gate). In the denomination of Zen Buddhism, there are many forms of Zen practice including but not limited to bowing, chanting, and sitting. One of the most well known forms of Zen practice is sitting, otherwise known as Zazen. This form of meditation is significant to the culture of Zen Buddhists and the practice of The Gateless Gate Zen Center in Gainesville, Fl. This essay will discuss the aesthetic experiences of Zazen and its significance…

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  • The Importance Of Zen Enlightenment

    “Enlightenment” is a broad term that is entirely dependent on the context of the religion, and or philosophy, that used it. In general, Enlightenment is a state of peace derived through understanding. The actual particularities of this understanding is what is disputed amongst the different Eastern philosophies and religions, such as Theravada Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and Hinduism. I will focus on Zen Enlightenment, but to do so, it’s necessary to explain Theravada Buddhism and Daoism, in order…

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  • Buddhist Ideology And Death Rituals In China

    Buddhist Ideology and Death Rituals in China Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world and includes extensive and internally diverse traditions with two main branches. This paper will focus on the Mahayana branch of Buddhism commonly practiced in China. Buddhist views on death and specific death rituals of Mahayana Buddhism in China will be explored. Two individual sects of Zen Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism native to China will be offered to contrast different paths to…

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