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Comparing Mother Teresa And Siddharta Guartma

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Comparing Mother Teresa and Siddharta Guartma

Mother Teresa and Siddharta Guartma are centuries apart in time and leagues apart in religious declination. Despite this religious and time divide, the life of Mother Teresa, its positive and negative events, can be critiqued through and attributed to the principals and tenets of, Siddharta Guartma, the Buddha.
Mother Teresa was chosen to be the personality figure in this paper because as a person she may be defined on many levels through human suffering. As suffering served as the Buddha's main motivation I found their relation to be direct; both gave great consideration to the essence of suffering and worked towards it alleviation. Furthermore, she exemplified many of Buddha's teachings in her life.

History/ Background:
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a Roman Catholic nun and founder of the Missionaries of Charity, to care for the most destite of Indian society. In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the Nirmal Hriday (Pure Heart) Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta. She and her fellow nuns took in dying Indians off the streets of Calcutta and brought them to this home to care for them during the days before they died, so that they might be able to die in peace and with dignity. In addition she worked with and cared for lepers. Mother Teresa expanded her work by creating a network of 569 missions in 120 nations. Today over 5000 sisters, brothers, and volunteers run approximately 500 centers worldwide, feeding 500,000 families and helping 90,000 lepers every year. For her work she was awarded many honors. For example she was awarded the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Mother Teresa who was known to the world as "The Saint of Gutters" and "The Saint of Calcutta", was not actually from Calcutta or India for that matter. In fact, she was of Albanian descent and grew up in Skopje, Macedonia, which would make her a Yugoslav-Albanian. Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, on August 26, 1910. Her family was Catholic, though the majority of Albanians in Macedonia were Muslim.
She was raised in a middle-class working family. Her mother and father, Drana and Kolë, provided very well for their three children. It was said that she "never lacked for nothing." Her father was a contractor with a successful business and a politically active member of society. He, unfortunately died when she was twelve and the direction of her life changed significantly. In Buddhism, his death is an example of Anicca- one of the three characteristics of existence, which means that all existence is impermanent and everything is subject to continuous change.
While her father had been alive, Teresa's household was primarily political in atmosphere. Described by many as a patriot, Kolë was intensely involved in politics and held a seat on the County Council. After his death the atmosphere of the house changed and with it followed the direction of Teresa's development. Drana,...

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