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  • Buddhism Myths Ability
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    The study of Zen, it seems, became a main preoccupation of the Japanese, something never seen elsewhere. Embracing it with gusto, allowing it to mingle with old tales and myths, the Japanese raised Buddhism to a new height. Students of the ways of Buddhism found they could, if diligent, attain a measure of spiritual freedom or self-fulfillment, which may well be lacking in other forms of thinking, certainly in religions. Though I doubt very seriously that any become deities (or powerful in the w...
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  • B C E 20 Th Century
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    "I am not a man. Those evil influences, those lusts, whose non-destruction would have individualised me as... a man, I have completely annihilated. Know, therefore... that I am a Buddha. " - Gautama Buddha, from the Pali scriptures (Goddard, page 5) Throughout history there have been hundreds of influential figures. Some are well-known for their charitableness or kindness, or for their supreme knowledge which contributed to the growth of humanity. Others are noted for their religious, literary, ...
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  • Tea Ceremony Japanese Culture
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    The Japanese Tea Ceremony has been a tradition in the Japanese culture for many years. The ceremony incorporates much of the Buddhist religion with the ideals of Zen. The ceremony has many steps that end with drinking tea that is said to cleanse the spirit. In order to obtain a complete understanding of the cultural significance of the ceremony, it is necessary to understand the history behind the ceremony and how it evolved into what it is today. Tea was first introduced to Japan by a group of ...
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  • Means By Which Salinger Characters Pursue Happiness
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    ... 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 Salinger's re...
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  • The Feudal Ages In Japan And Europe
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    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 ...
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  • The Zen And Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance
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    The book by Pirsig contains a whole mirage of ideas and elaborate theories on life and the world within it. It is a search for truth, and understanding of knowledge at its highest. The narrator and his son are simple marionettes used to string along the underlying themes that Pirsig is trying to get across. Within these marionettes you will find the true meaning of the story depicted through Pirsig's metaphoric use of imagery. In the narrators journey across the country he falsely sets out for a...
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  • Racial Mixing Roman Empire
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    The New Age Philosophy as Reflection of Americas Social Illness (1) In recent years, the popularity of commercial mysticism in America has been steadily rising, with majority of Americans thinking that there is nothing wrong with even well-established newspapers and magazines placing daily, weekly and annual horoscopes on its pages and with natural-born psychics utilizing these Medias to openly advertise their services. Nowadays, every librarian is well of the fact that it is mystical literature...
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  • Point Of View Ch Ing
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    Since religions such as Buddhism and Christianity have fundamentally different grammars, how can they have anything to say to each other? Thirty years ago, before I began the study of Zen, I said, "Mountains are mountains, waters are waters. " After I got an insight into the truth of Zen through the instruction of a good master, I said, "Mountains are not mountains, waters are not waters. " But now, having attained the abode of final rest [that is, Awakening], I say, "Mountains are really mounta...
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  • 3 Rd Century Century Bc
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    Buddhism is a religion and philosophy founded by Siddhartha Gautama in northeast India during the period from the late 6 th century to the early 4 th century BC. Spreading from India to Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, Buddhism has played an influential role in the spiritual, cultural, and social life of much of the Eastern world. The Buddha, which means the " Enlightened One, " died in northeastern India between 500 and 350 BC. According to tradition, his family na...
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  • Eight Fold Path Four Noble Truths
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    Buddism is of the world's fasting spreading religion. At this time there 313 million buddism in Asia. And approximately 500 thousand in North America. Buddism is the is not just a religion, but a way of life. It is a religion that helps the people that beleive in it to, search the deepest recuses of there souls to find what the true way to peace is. Buddhism was founded by a wealthy prince, Siddhartha Gautam, of the Sakya clan. After many years of practicing Hinduism. At the age of 29 Gautam lef...
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  • J D Salinger World War Ii
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    Many critics consider J. D. Salinger a very controversial writer, for the subject matters that he writes... J. D. Salinger? s works were generally written during two time periods. The first time period was during World War II, and the second time period was during the 1960? s. Critics feel that the works during the 1960 time period were very inappropriate, because of the problems for which he wrote. The main characters were generally misfits of society. In most of his works, he has the protagoni...
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    Philosophers of Eastern Religions Does anybody have any answers to the question of what is our purpose? Is there life after death? What do we need to accomplish while we are alive? What is real or moral? Is there a God? These are main philosophical questions that the human race has been trying to answer. Religion is an explained philosophy and be it divine or a practice, it is a way of life. It is not surprising to see that religion of the Eastern World had a few people stand out as important in...
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  • Dont Like Being An Object Friends Cannot Be Objects Zen Phaedrus
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    Friends Cannot Be Objects (Zen And The Friends Cannot Be Objects (Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance) Friends Cannot Be Objects I suppose if I were a novelist rather than a Chautauqua orator Id try to develop the characters of John and Sylvia and Chris with action-packed scenes that would also reveal inner meanings of Zen and maybe Art and maybe even Motorcycle Maintenance. That would be quite a novel, but for some reason I dont feel quite up to it. Theyre friends, not characters, and as ...
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  • University Of California Rocky Mountains
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    Gary Snider the American Poet A spiritual man, conscious of nature and his surroundings. He recognizes good and evil, and struggles to find his own special place in the realm of all other men. He searches far and wide for places of interest, upon arrival, he hopes to find a solemn sanctuary for man and nature. Gary Sherman Snyder, the son of Harold and Lois Snyder, was born in San Francisco, California, on May 8, 1930. The Family moved quite a few times before they settled down in Portland, Oreg...
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  • Translated By Robert Quot And Quot
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    [The following excerpts from Hass introduction to The Essential Haiku contain remarks that seem relevant to " A Story About the Body. " As more than one critic has observed, Hass ongoing study of Japanese poetry is apparent in the Human Wishes prose poems. These excerpts help elucidate how " A Story About the Body" not only conveys the condensed and detached feeling of Haiku, but also exhibits many of the Japanese forms conventions the spirit of haiku required that the langua...
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  • Heian Period Japanese War
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    History of Japan The history of Japan dates back to 30, 000 b. c. where it is believed that Japanese people are descent from Mongolian people because of the similar physical features of fold in the eyelid, a yellow tinge in pigmentation, black hair and so on. A large portion of Japan is very mountainous so that leaves 17 percent of surface area available for agriculture. Japanese people main line of business is products of the sea, for example: fish, shellfish and edible seaweed. The next cultur...
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  • J D Salinger Catcher In The Rye
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    Being J. D. Salinger Salinger's Reality Being one of the most widely read authors in the English language, J. D. Salinger has successfully kept himself out of the public eye for most of his career (Grodin 1). Growing up during the times of the Great Depression, the 1920 s and 1930 s, Salinger never really felt any direct affects from it. His father was a prosperous Jewish importer, and his mother, a Scots-Irish house wife (Disc Aut 1). During his childhood, Salinger's family was well off, and co...
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  • Nobel Peace Prize Martin Luther King Jr
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    Thich Naht Hahn is wonderful Buddhist monk and a great asset to the Buddhist religion. He has had and is having an interesting life. He is known for many things. These include he talks during the Vietnam War for peace, organizing help for villages, instituting schools for youths, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. Thich Naht Hahn has one of the most amazing backgrounds that lead up to the legacy of this Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Thich Naht Hahn has been l...
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  • Religions Associated With Meditation Zen Buddhism People
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    Websters dictionary defines meditation as " to reflect on; ponder, to engage in contemplation, " which it really is, although, many people believe that meditation is a means of developing a more spiritual or religious life. Meditation does not necessarily have to be religious. Many people just meditate to relax or organize their thoughts. Meditation is a very broad subject since there are many ways in which to perform meditation. Not only are there many ways but, there are also many di...
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  • Chinese Zen Master Work No Food Pupils
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    No Work, No Food 83 Hyakujo, the Chinese Zen master, used to labor with his pupils even at the age of eighty, trimming the gardens, cleaning the grounds, and pruning the trees. The pupils felt sorry to see the old teacher working so hard, but they knew he would not listen to their advice to stop, so they hid away his tools. That day the master did not eat. The next day he did not eat, nor the next. He may be angry because we have hidden his tools, the pupils surmised. We had better put them back...
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