August 20, 2011
World Religion Report – Buddhism
Buddhism originated in the early Fifth century BCE, from the teachings of Siddhartha Buddha (Fisher, 2005). Plagued by the desire to help end human suffering, Buddha reached a state of pure enlightenment showing him the way to end earthly suffering. Through meditation, people can control the desires of their human nature. By gaining control of our desires we can end our suffering. He taught his wisdom to all that wanted to learn. After his death, three main forms of Buddhism emerged; there was the Theravada’s, the Mahayana’s, and the Zen Buddhists (Fisher, 2005). For the sake of this report, the local Buddhist center practices the New Kadampa Traditions. As stated in the center’s brochure, “Kadampa Buddhism is a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism founded by Atisha, an Indian Buddhist Master largely responsible for the reintroduction of Buddhism into Tibet in the eleventh century” (NKT-IKBU, 2008, p.1). They formed their own branch to separate from the political issues that plagued the Tibetan Buddhist (NKT-IKBU, 2008, p.5). The NKT Buddhist believes the same central beliefs of wisdom, compassion, and the path to enlightenment. The Clear Light Buddhist Center is a welcoming place for all who wish to learn or practice Buddhism. The center is supported by Kelsang Chandra and led by Kadam Michelle Gauthier. The interview was conducted with Kelsang Chandra, an ordained Buddhist nun, along with other members of the Center who wanted to share their viewpoints. Having been raised in a Christian home, Buddhism was always a forbidden topic. It was implied to be atheistic way of life, yet Buddhism has always been of great interest to me.
Clear Light Buddhist Center
The Clear Light Buddhist Center is in the north part of central Phoenix, Arizona. At the center they practice the New Kadampa Tradition and are a registered nonprofit religious... [continues]
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