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Zen Buddhism - 1,397 words
Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha (the enlightened one), in southern Nepal in the fifth and sixth centuries B. C. Buddhism teaches that meditation and the practice of good religious and moral behavior can lead to nirvana. The teachings of the Buddha have, to this day, been passed down from teacher to student. Around 475 A.D. one of these teachers, Bodhidharma, traveled from India to China and introduced the teachings of the Buddha there. In China Buddhism mingled with Taoism. The result of this mingling was the Ch'an School of Buddhism. Around 1200 A.D. Ch'an Buddhism spread from China to Japan where it is called (at least in translation) Zen Buddhism. Zen is al ...
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Richard Gere And The Dali Lama - 1,303 words
During the seventh century, Buddhism was introduced into Tibet. Tibet was controlled by the Chinese empire from the 1600s until 1912, when most of it gained its independence. Half a century ago, in 1949, Chinese troops invaded Tibet, once again ending it's isolation beyond the Himalayan mountains. The Chinese communists rejected Tibet's unique brand of Buddhism and forbade the practicing of any such religion. At first, the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual and temporal leader, was allowed to serve as a domestic authority there. Later, however, in the midst of the invasion, the Dalai Lama and over 100,000 Tibetans were forced to flee into exile in India. After 1959, things only got worse. Over on ...
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Frogs - 2,511 words
, and again now, we heard that wonderful bass hum of the heating system as it whirs away up in the ceiling. In the silence of this room the sound of that motor became very prominent in our consciousness. Usually, while talking and listening, thinking and worrying, we don't notice it. That motor reminds me of a wonderful realization I had in the hotel room where I'm staying a couple of blocks from here. There's a refrigerator in the room, and of course the refrigerator goes on and off as its thermostat switches in and out. I was lying in bed, with the low, continuous drone of the refrigerator (which is something like the sound of this heater) and then suddenly Pop! - the refrigerator turned o ...
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American Indian Religious Freedom Act Of 1978 - 1,487 words
THE AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 1978 The American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 Some people want the medicine man and woman to share their religious belief in the same manner that priests, rabbis, and ministers expound publicly the tenets of their denominations; others feel that Indian ceremonials are remnants of primitive life and should be abandoned. - Vine Deloria (NARF article) Religious freedom is an autonomy that most people living in the present take for granted. For most it is a right that they have never had to question. For example, if a westerner wants to practice Catholicism, study the Koran, or even master the art of Zen Buddhism he or she is free to do so wi ...
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Intracisies Of Buddhism - 1,355 words
Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, who lived in northern India from 560 to 480 B.C, founded Buddhism Buddhism, one of the major religions of the world. The time of the Buddha was one of social and religious change, marked by the further advance of Aryan civilization into the Ganges Plain, the development of trade and cities, the breakdown of old tribal structures, and the rise of a whole spectrum of new religious movements that responded to the demands of the times (Cones 10). These movements were derived from the Brahmanic tradition of Hinduism but were also reactions against it. Of the new sects, Buddhism was the most successful and eventually spread throughout India and most of Asia. Today i ...
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Means By Which Salinger's Characters Pursue Happiness - 1,079 words
J. D. Salinger in his stories portrayed people who don't fit in with the traditional American culture of the 1950s . The post war society was believed to be happy as standard of living seemed higher, American technology was soaring and, politically, and economically America played a superior position in the world. Though there were some radicals who were not contented with such a situation, they couldnt accept a conforming way of live but they focused not only on a comfortable but meaningless life. Such radicals can be noticed in Salingers works. His main characters are super-intelligent humans who must choose between the phony real world (American culture) and a morally-pure, meaningful wor ...
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Means By Which Salinger's Characters Pursue Happiness - 1,121 words
... al assumption is that religion has to do with spiritual vision. And while there may be only one religious reality, this reality must be seen, even if only momentarily through various forms. In this sense he is not a Christian writer, even though there are many references to Jesus in his fiction because his historic Christianity attributes spiritual blindness to sin, not just the lack of sensitivity that Salinger repeatedly depicts. (Lundquist, 33) Zen Buddhism is the closest to Salingers religious thought. Zen states that truth cannot be grasped by logic, it does not mean that Zen promotes senselessness and illogic, it rather promotes logical nonsense. Salinger stories are often thought ...
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The Feudal Ages In Japan And Europe - 1,024 words
In the past, feudalism has been used successfully as a political system for governing a country. Two of the largest and most well known Feudal Ages have been that of Europe (1150-1600) and Japan (800-1350). Although both civilizations were quite similar during these periods of time, Japans civilization clearly is superior in many ways. When compared, the role of religion, the weaponry and armor, and the warrior codes of conducts of both countries can easily prove this point. The roles which religion played in each culture prove how Europe was inferior to Japan in feudal times. During Europes feudal period, the Catholic Church had an obscene amount of power. Its beliefs and doctrines affected ...
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What Is Basketball Without Mic - 1,991 words
What is Basketball without Michael Jordan When someone says the name Michael Jordan, the first thing that might come to mind is basketball, Nike shoes, or Wheaties. Through the years Michael Jordan has proved time and time again that he is the greatest basketball player ever and by doing that he has gained tremendous popularity throughout the world. People of all ages and from all nationalities have gathered to watch him play. 'Even your Aunt Matilda, who might not know anything about basketball, liked watching him play,'; said Daniel. He has become more than just an entertainer, he is a hero and a role model. It has been said 'He's the most famous American in the World'; (Daniel.) After win ...
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Buddha - 1,074 words
... l of his previous lives and gains the knowledge of the cycle of birth and death. He now casts off the ignorance which has led him to great passion for his self and bounded him to the suffering of Samsara. This marks the beginning of Buddhism, when Siddhartha becomes the Buddha and his suffering and desires come to an end; he can now enter Nirvana. 'There is a sphere which is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air...which is neither this world nor the other world, neither sun nor moon. I deny that it is coming or going, enduring death or birth. It is only the end of suffering.' -Buddha (Wangu, page 24) Buddhism When the Buddha finally reached his ultimate goal, he made a great sacrif ...
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Wisdom Of The Zen Masters - 661 words
The Zen Master is the book that gives very detailed information about the early years of Chinese Zen Buddhism. The book is very useful in terms of understanding spiritual vibrancy of that time. Moreover, it provides us with the explanation of the later developments of Zen. The book teachings concentrate on the state of mind of the people involved in the events. It is impossible to understand all the concepts it attempts to deliver to the reader, because these concepts are based on becoming aware of the mind itself, which is the main theme of the book. According to the book, common wisdom exists in heart of major spiritual traditions of the early Chinese Zen Buddhism. The Zen Masters focuses ...
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