Religious and Ethnic Discrimination
Religious Group: Buddhism
Buddhists are different from most other religions and many ways, but one difference stands out above the others. Buddhism does not worship a specific god. Many people argue that Buddhism is more a philosophy than a religion. The main objective of Buddhist followers is enlightenment and/or liberation from Samsara (the wheel of life) instead of going to a heaven (Eng, 2013). The Dalai Lama, the leader of the Buddhist religion, has made it known that they think it is great that there are so many religions in the world. One food does not satisfy everyone, so who is to say that one religion ever could (The Berzin archives, 2012). There is a growing dialogue between the leaders of the World’s religions. In October of 1986, the Pope invited all of the world’s religious leaders to meet with him. They discussed the many things that all the religions have in common, such as morality, love and compassion. If we look at the movies that are being released and the music on the radio we can hear some of the contributions of the Buddhist religion. Plots that involve reincarnation, some of the clothing, the instruments used in some songs here lately, all lead back to Buddhist ideals and the stereotyped ideals of the general population. Even though the Buddhist practitioners attempt to find inner peace and enlightenment, there is still prejudice and discrimination. Buddha supports the ordaining of female disciples, but they are still discriminated in many countries all over the world. Buddhist nuns are made to follow almost 100 more laws that that of the monks (Brown, 2009). A couple of these laws include wearing extra clothing and two extra years of training before they are ordained. Some of the nuns are banding together to, finding strength in numbers. One nun, the Venerable Myoeom (nicknamed “Godmother of Buddhist Nuns”) said, “Although many wouldn’t believe so, women can do everything men do....
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