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Appendix D

Part I

Define the following terms:

Term
Definition
Ethnic group
People of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture.

Anti-Semitism
The intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people.
Islamophobia
Extreme or irrational fear of all Islamic persons.

Xenophobia
Intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

Persecution
The act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion).

Religious group
Individuals involved with or employed in religious denominations or organized religious groups such as churches.

Part II

Select at least 1 religious and 1 ethnic group not your own from the list below.

Religious groups (based on http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/affiliations-all-traditions.pdf)

Christianity

Evangelical Protestant
Mainline Protestant
Historically Black Churches
Roman Catholic
Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
Jehovah’s Witnesses
Orthodox (Greek, Eastern)

Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform)
Buddhism (Theravada or Mahayana)
Islam (Sunni, Shia, Sufism)
Hinduism

Ethnic groups (based on divisions in U.S. Census Bureau documents)

Asian (Asian descent)
Black (African descent)
Hispanic and Latino (South or Central American descent)
Pacific Islander (Polynesian descent)
White (European descent)

Part III

Answer the following questions in 150 to 250 words each about the religious group you selected:

How does your selected religious group differ from other religious groups (such as in their beliefs, worship practices, or values)?

Buddhism is one of the most popular religions of the world. Its teachings and doctrines have been accepted by a large number of people. Buddhism is a philosophy of life, based on the teachings of Lord Buddha. The concept of Buddhism evolved around 563 BCE, much before the birth of Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity. Differences between Buddhism and Christianity would be: Worship -

Buddhism - The worship in Buddhism includes monasticism, ringing of bells, bowing, use of incense and rosary, erection of towers or stupas, prayers and meditation.
Christianity - Similarly, the Christians also follow almost same form of worship Monasticism. Confession, the cult of images, ringing of bells, use of rosary and incense and the erection of towers. Spiritual Texts -

Buddhism - The Buddhist canons includes only those insights which the Buddha won by His own strength and will after comprehending the nature of truth. Christianity - The Bible, holy text fort the Christians, is regarded as the 'Words of God' and includes those realities, which are unknown to the mankind.

What has been the experience of your selected religious group with others that do not share its beliefs or practices?

Buddhists neither accept nor reject what is said by someone else. Buddhists firmly believe in having open minds when it comes to other religions, they do not push their beliefs on uninterested people unlike many other religions. The main purpose of the Buddhism religion is to show a follower how to use his/her knowledge with critical understanding how to maximize his/hers sense of well-being and self fulfillment. Buddhist must not utter harsh words or commit evil acts.

In what ways has the religious group you selected contributed to American culture?

Buddhists follow the concepts of no fighting, no war, no sexual mis-conduct. Corporate America has begun incorporating and associating their products with this centries-old religion, for example Red Bull promises the “ways of meditatin” if you drink it. Another example would be a product sold by GNC called “Fully Empowered Zen,” Mastercard's “priceless” commercials have shown women meditating. These are just a few examples as many more are emerging in today's day and age....
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