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  • Compare And Contrast Mahayana Temple And St. Patrick's Cathedral

    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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  • Spread Of Buddhism Essay

    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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  • Vajrayana Buddhism Essay

    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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  • Expansion Of Buddhism Around The World

    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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  • Eight Fold Paths Analysis

    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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  • Vajrayana Buddhism: A Philosophy

    focus on meditation more than anything else. “The essential element of Zen Buddhism is found in its name, for Zen means "meditation." Zen teaches that enlightenment is achieved through the profound realization that one is already an enlightened being. This awakening can happen gradually or in a flash of insight. It is the result of one 's efforts. Deities and scriptures can offer only limited assistance.” (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zen Buddhism). “It is the result of one’s owns efforts” refers…

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  • Buddhism Religion Essay

    is known today as the golden age of Buddhism. However, as the first doctrine of Buddhism teaches, nothing is permanent in this realm; Buddha died at eighty years of age, leaving after him a new set of ideas that would slowly transform part of the world. One hundred years after Buddha’s death, Buddhism split into two groups: the Theravada and the Mahayana. The Theravada still follows the traditional Buddhism ideas preached by Buddha. In the other hand the Mahayana Buddhism preaches that Buddha…

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  • Passing The Wide River Monkey Analysis

    that the journey to Nirvana is lengthy, often taking many reincarnation cycles to achieve. The river is also said to be rough, demonstrating the treacherous journey one must take in order to reach Nirvana and the hardships that must be overcome. The sole means of crossing the wide river that is immediately apparent to the travelers is a thin and slippery bridge; Monkey passes across the bridge easily and then urges his companions to do the same. Tripitaka proclaims that it is “not humanly…

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  • The Four Stages Of Bodhisattva

    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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  • Primacy Of Cultural Exchange Essay

    Buddhism was started by developing in India into two forms “Mahayana Buddhism” and “Theravada Buddhism.” Mahayana Buddhism, known as the “greater vehicle,” is known to be more accessible and less ascetic, which was spread out to citizens across a more extensive range of the Indian population (@). Theravada Buddhism, known as the “teaching of the elders,” is an earlier and more rigorous form of Buddhism. Throughout the process of the exchange and expansion of Buddhism into other countries,…

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