Maria Alanis, Margery Denton- Thompson, Crystal Lenden, Diane Freeman-Sims, Dorothy Stewart REL 133
September 26, 2012
Buddhism is different from many religions, they do not believe in a god. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama he was also known as the Buddha. Buddha was believed to found the path to enlightenment. Buddhist believed that Buddha saw the truth on how the world really was. Buddhist also believes that Buddha was not a god he was a regular person just like them and he found enlightenment and through his teachings they will find it to. There are different types of Buddhism there is Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Jodo Shin and Zen these are the different types of Buddhism. Even though there is one then one type the teachings do not change. Buddhist has three main beliefs which are a Buddhist must believe in Buddha. They also have to believe in Dharma which is the teachings of Buddha. Sangha which is a Buddhist community made up of regular people monks and nuns. The Buddhist has a scared book of Buddhism which is called Tripitaka which is written in the Indian language the book is based off of Buddha teachings. The teachings used to be passed down by word of mouth until the texts were created. Buddha teachings were split up into different parts.”( : Michael Molloy , T. L. Hilgers 2010 McGraw-Hill Company ) “The three signs of being, the four noble truths, and the noble eightfold path.” The three signs of the wellbeing was the way Buddha used to describe life. Nothing is never perfect (Dukka) Everything in life changes(Annical).There is no soul (annata) what is carried on to the nexts person life in a force (Karma). “The four noble truths”, “the first noble truth”: Dukka: suffering does exist weather it is threw pain, getting old, disease or death. The second noble truth Samudaya: there is a reason for all suffering it can be caused by desire and needy to control things. The third noble truth Nirodha: There is an end to all suffering you can overcome it and be happy, learning to live each day at a time and to let go of our desire. The fourth noble truth Magga: to end suffering you must follow the eight fold path. The noble eightfold path focuses the mind on being aware of thought and actions. “The eightfold path consist of right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right concentration, and right mindfulness”( : Michael Molloy , T. L. Hilgers 2010 McGraw-Hill Company). They believe if they follow these paths it will lead them to the path of enlightenment.
Buddhism devised a lifestyle of meditation and martial skills as a means for cultivating the mind and heart (Shaolin Buddhism main teachings involve minimizing suffering and gaining inner peace. Shaolin Temple Chicago, 2012). Meditation helps with eliminating problems and worries of the world. The martial training serves as an important factor in the pursuit of a religious relationship. Meditation and martial training is an evolution from Shaolin King Fu and Zen Buddhism teachings. Shaolin worship is open to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. They believe it is important to do good deeds. Built around 445 B.C., the famous Shaolin Temple sole purpose was to spread the teachings of Buddhism (Shaolin Temple, 2005). Shao stands for young and lin stands for forest, representing the land housing the temple. Monks lived in the temple studying Buddhism and practicing kung fu. The Shaolin temple is a little different from other temples because it unifies kung fu with meditation and medicine. Kung fu master’s often used the temple as a refuge from local armies. As a show of appreciation for housing, they shared various tactics and techniques with the Buddhist monks. Emperors supported the temple with gifts of gold and land, which made it a target for thieves. The Shaolin monks saved an emperor from intruders, thus the beginning of soldier-monks protecting...
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