This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Buddhism In India: A Study Of Indian Buddhism In T

712 words - 3 pages

Buddhism In India: A Study of Indian Buddhism in the Past and Present

        Indian Buddhism, as you might have guessed, started in India. It started about 2500 B.C., by the teachings of one simple man, who only wanted peace. It impacted people so strongly, that today it is one of the world’s largest religions. Even though things have change, this is one religion that hasn’t. Here’s how it started.

        In 563 B.C. a small baby boy was born, one who was expected to someday rule the small kingdom of Skakya, in the foothills of the Himalayas. As he grew, his father made sure that wherever he went, the roads were clear of sick, dead, and old people. As the student Nicole Negoita put it, “ At the age of 21, an Indian prince by the name of Gautama Sakyamuni stepped outside of his palace and, for the first time in his life, saw an ill person, an old person – and a dead person” (Nicole Negoita 1). After this incident, he wandered around India in despair, searching for the truth. He finally did find the truth, while sitting under Bodhi tree one day. So he started another journey around India, telling all of his new followers, who spread the news.

        Today he is known as the Buddha, “the man who woke up,” and the center of all Buddhist faith. The truth that he found is now summarized as the Four Noble Truths. As Religion Around the World writes, “…the Four Noble Truths: all of life is suffering; the cause of suffering is desire; the end of desire leads to the end of suffering; the means to end desire is a path of discipline and meditation” (Religion Around the World 2).

        Buddhists all over follow the Four Noble Truths. But there are different sects of Buddhism, with different ideas on how to live. There are two main sects of Buddhism in India: Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism. The Theravadas believe that salvation is only possible for a certain few that follow the Four Noble Truths very strictly. And the Mahayana’s believe that everyone is saved if they just believe. There are also smaller sects in...

Find Another Essay On Buddhism In India: A Study Of Indian Buddhism In T

Spread of Buddhism in China Essay

1247 words - 5 pages Buddhist popularity towards the Chinese grew following the collapse of the Han Dynasty in 220 C.E. It’s influence continued to expand for several centuries. Between 220 C.E. and 570 C.E., China experienced a period of political instability and disunity. During this time, many of the Chinese, specifically scholars, sought for peace in Buddhism and approved of Buddhism. On the other hand, the strict confucianists and the government fought to end

Buddhism In China Essay

1817 words - 8 pages Indian missionaries looking to spread the word of Buddhism. After this and the interest in the religion began to grow Chinese emperors commissioned journeys into India so that original texts could be collected and eventually translated from the native Sanskrit to Chinese. (Edkins 6) When talking about original texts it is important to note that there were no important writings of Buddhism until three hundred years after the death of Buddha. The Pli

Buddhism in China

992 words - 4 pages to Mahayana Buddhism, the Greater Vehicle, because it offered salvation to much greater numbers of people. Buddhism emerged in the first century and grew as more scriptures and texts were added to help others attain enlightenment. Though it originally flourished in India, it did not take very long before Buddhism spread throughout Asia and made a significant mark on countries as large as China. The spread of Buddhism to China was aided largely

Buddhism in America

2405 words - 10 pages central and southeast Asia, China, and from there into Korea (c. 350–668 C.E.) and Japan (c. 538 C.E.). Although there have been conversions to Buddhism in modern times, especially the mass conversion of dalits (or untouchables) following the leadership of Dr. Bhimrao R. Ambedkar, the dispersion of the centers of Buddhist learning led to a dwindling of the faith in most of India during the centuries of Islamic predominance. Today in America, Buddhism

Buddhism in the West

1127 words - 5 pages minds like Albert Einstein have converted or become Buddhists. Many people from the west are turning their attention towards Buddhism because of the Buddha’s simple way to life and the lack of worship or prayer to a divine being. Buddhism has a fascinating history. Like most religions, you must first understand the background to practice the religion. Buddhism started with a young prince named Siddhartha Gautama, he was born in Nepal#. He was

Buddhism in Modern World

726 words - 3 pages , Buddhism offered a better life to the untouchables, outcasts who did not have any social status, in India because it taught that all people, whether nobles or untouchables, are equal and should help and love each other as brothers. Buddhism was especially to Japan's society and politics. Back then, Buddhism acted as the conveyor belt of new ideals and culture to many countries in Asia. Many Chinese and Korean culture in modern Japan were brought

Buddhism In China

1086 words - 4 pages dynasty (265-317 CE) to the Huns that Buddhism was introduced into China by two buddhist missionaries from India. Chinese emperors also sent missions to India to collect original texts and ordered the translation from Sanskrit to Chinese.(Edkins 6)         Buddhism arrived in China at a fortunate time where its core values and beliefs paralleled with the will of many. The conquered North was occupied and divided between various sinicized peoples

Buddhism in Australia

822 words - 3 pages Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and in Australia. On superficial examination one might think that the ancient religious traditions of Buddhism would conflict with the iconic Australian lifestyle, but today I will prove to you that this presumption could not be further from the truth. We define today's topic as, Buddhism, a religion founded by Siddhartha Gautama in the 6th century BCE, more, greater then, attractive

Buddhism in Tibet

1718 words - 7 pages came to the Nubri Valley and questioned why he was here. The official seemed shocked that Geoff Childs wanted to study these people, he called the Tibet villagers a derogatory terms called "bhotary." Eventually with the help of the villagers they government official left and Geoff Childs was able to study the Tibet villagers.Buddhism has rapidly across India and other part of the world like places like Afghanistan and Japan. In the seventh century

Buddhism in China

1043 words - 4 pages Buddhism in China Between the third and ninth centuries C.E. China underwent a number of changes in its cultural makeup. Foremost amongst them was the adoption of Buddhist religious practices. I must stress that this was not a formal or universal change in religion but a slow integration of a system that permitted adaptation of its own form to promote acceptance as long as the fundamental theories and practices remained the same

Behavior in Buddhism

680 words - 3 pages Behavior and Buddhism Religion plays a big part in many individual’s personal beliefs and life styles. The ideals behind a religion shape the way people interpret the world. This influence that religion has can have a huge impact on one’s behavior. To see how a religion can influence behavior I decided to visit the Zen Center of Pittsburgh to observe their practices and participate in them myself. I also interviewed (show authority) one Zen

Similar Essays

Comparative Analysis: Buddhism In India And China

1500 words - 6 pages Comparative Analysis: Buddhism In India And China Buddhism is the non-theistic religion and philosophical system founded in North-East India in the sixth century by Gautama Siddharta (the Buddha). His followers seek to emulate his example of perfect morality, wisdom and compassion culminating in a transformation of consciousness known as enlightenment. Buddhism teaches that greed, hatred and delusion separate the individual from the true

Buddhism In A Nutshell Essay

652 words - 3 pages India (“What is Buddhism and What”). Buddhism is mostly practiced in the Eastern region of Asia such as China, South Korea, and Japan. The religion itself is based off of the Buddhas lessons and beliefs. These beliefs come directly from the four teachings: That all forms of being, human and otherwise, are afflicted with suffering. That the cause of this suffering is craving, born of the illusion of a soul. That this suffering has a lasting

A Shifting Image Of Buddhism In America

1454 words - 6 pages had expected. Then it occurred to me, were people like me misinterpreting Buddhism in America? After I came across David Knitter, a former ordained Christian priest and the author of “Without Buddha I could not be a Christian”, I began to realize that I had taken a western approach to Buddhism and had misconstrued some of Buddhism’s core teachings in my mind according to what I thought it should be. Knitter argued that the meaning behind

Buddhism: Case Study Power And Gender In Buddhism

499 words - 2 pages BUDDHISM: CASE STUDY "Power and gender in Buddhism" After visiting the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple in Woollongong (Unanderra), and studying further power and gender in Buddhism, I have learned that although Buddhism and the Buddhist doctrine are not extremely strict in the formation of hierarchies, there are some variations in status within the Sangha (Buddhist community). Also I have found that although equality between the sexes is regarded as a