Religious and Ethnic Groups
The religious group I wish to write about is Buddhism. According to the Britannica Encyclopedia, Buddhism is defined as a religion of eastern and central Asia growing out of the teaching of Gautama Buddha that suffering is inherent in life and that one can be liberated from it by mental and moral self-purification. The religion of Buddhism differs from other religious groups is that there is no one Almighty God. In Buddhism, the ultimate objective of followers is enlightenment and/or liberation from Samsara; rather than to go to a Heaven (or a deva realm in the context of Buddhist cosmology). Buddhism does not point fingers or judge others as other religious groups do. I believe that some experience Buddhism has had with other religious groups would be the questioning of them not believing in a God. I am sure many people have developed hatred and have judged them for not having a God. I am also sure other religious groups have tried to deny them as being a religious group due to the fact that they do not worship a God or Gods. I am sure other religions have tried to cast them out and judge them for their beliefs. Some ways that Buddhism has contributed to the American culture is the fact that it has become one of the major religious groups here in America behind Christianity, Judaism and being non religious at all ("Buddhism In The United States", 2013). Buddhism in American is practiced by many Asian Americans and a large number of people who have converted to the religion. Approximately 1.2 million people practice Buddhism here in America as of 2012. Buddhism has experienced persecution from non-Buddhist or other Buddhist during the history of Buddhism. Buddhist has experienced unwarranted arrest, beating, torture, imprisonment, and even execution. As early as 1953 there were rumored allegations in Vietnam of discrimination of Buddhist. Catholic Vietnamese raided armed by the French, were raiding... [continues]
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