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    Last month, I had a chance to visit both Mahayana temple and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The reason I picked Buddhist temple and Catholic cathedral is because I’m personally fascinated with some beliefs in Buddhism, and I am also interested in Catholic traditions. At first, I had thought that this trip would be boring and rough, but I have to admit that I enjoyed it a lot and I’ve got many things out of it. In this reflection, I will share some of my experiences of both sites, and I will also personally compare and contrast both sites in the religious perspective. Located in Chinatown, Mahayana is one of many Chinese temples in New York city. There are two gold lion-­like animal sculptures sitting in front of the entrance. I had always wondered…

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    As such, a shift commenced within the established belief systems. Buddhism which initially did not support a life under deities began to experience a morphing from within. It was not long before Buddha himself was deified, well after the death of Siddhartha, marking the birth of the Mahayana Schools that promoted Mahayana Buddhism. Unlike its other counterpart, Mahayana Buddhism well-established the Bodhisattvas, a group of enlightened deity-like individuals who would stay behind from entering…

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    In this sense we believe Ch’an is more established as a school of religion than Pure Land. Also, while Zen does take a great amount of commitment, it can be done at the practisers own pace (Borup 80). It also boasts an attainable goal in which the practitioner does not have to die in order to reach enlightenment (Humphreys). The Ch’an belief that Buddha is within oneself and not an individual who needs to be praised, (like the Buddha Amitābha in Pure Land) to reach enlightenment ties more…

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    enlightenment for themselves through direct experiences, not through beliefs and dogmas like in other religions. Although Buddhism was founded in India, it is mainly practiced in countries such as China, Taiwan, Mongolia, Tibet, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea. There are two main branches of Buddhism: Mahayana and Theravada. Mahayana means “great vehicle,” while Theravada…

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    The hypothesis of this religious study will define the influence of Mahayana Buddhist principles in the teachings of the Bodhidharma in Chinese society. The Treatise on the Two Entrances and Four Practices is a crucial document in the teachings of the Bodhidharma, which define the “true nature” of enlightenment as being within all sentient beings. In this manner, the Two Entrances define the (1) “the entrance principle” and (2) “entrance of practice” of enlightenment, which allows people from…

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    Vajrayana Buddhism Essay

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    Mahayana is the largest division of Buddhism, so it is only appropriate to talk about this branch first. Mahayana is the dominant type of Buddhism in China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Vietnam, and a few different countries. Since its starting point around 2,000 years prior, Mahayana Buddhism has separated into many sub-schools and factions with an immense scope of tenets and practices. This incorporates Vajrayana schools, for example, some branches of Tibetan Buddhism, which are frequently considered…

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    Eight Fold Paths Analysis

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    Being of bodhisattvas postpones Nirvana. Mahayana Buddhists are different from Theravada Buddhists in many ways. In Theravada, including Thailand, believes that anyone can become arhat and obtain enlightenment. However, Mahayana Buddhists believe that not anyone could attain Nirvana and become bodhisattvas. Mahayana Buddhists adapt the text from what Buddha told to be more understandable and practical. Two concepts above make buddhism the religion that can be self doing religion that many people…

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    Buddhism are Hinayana and Mahayana, each of them has sub-divisions. At present three major forms are practiced around the world. A form of Hinayana, known as Theravada, in Southeast Asia and two forms of Mahayana (Chinese and Tibetan) traditions. “The Theravada tradition spread from India to Sri Lanka and Burma in the third century BCE, and from there to Yunnan in southwest China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, South Vietnam and Indonesia.” ” (Berzin, 2012). Pockets of Indian merchants…

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    The Term Mahayana refers to great vehicle. Mahayana was developed by the Mahayanists in order to compare their principles with those of other Buddhist sects, particularly the Theravada. Mahayana the “great vehicle” was used to fake Theravadins by naming their principles ‘Hinayana’ or ‘small vehicle’. Mahayana 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…

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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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