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Nietzsche’s Meditation On Buddhism Essay

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Many of us have been taught at a really early age what religion we are to follow and, what God is our God. We don’t have a say or don’t even think we have a say. At a certain age you stumble on a person that changes your prospective on life and makes you question everything. Nietzsche was that person that yanked my comfortable welcome carpet off my feet. Religion and all that came with it was nothing but an afterthought. When again I stumbled on an amazing person that I see in every Asian restaurant we come across by. The majority of us don’t even know the real story behind Buddha we all think he is the fat bald man, when he wasn’t at all.
Nietzsche as we all know it was very critical of any religion and Buddhism was one of them. Buddhism is a Rebellious religion in his eyes. Who are we kidding; Nietzsche enjoys challenging everybody’s religion. It wouldn’t be Nietzsche if he didn’t make anyone turn on their grave. His knowledge of Buddhism, I think we're not all fair. Buddhism is not a religion, I think where he got his info was incomplete and was fast to accuse. I can see where many people think it is, seeing it comes from Hinduism as I can see Nietzsche using that against it. He did give credit where it was due to Buddhist teachings like almost every atheist does. I also think his ideas have a familiar resemblance to Buddhist policies. What was really Nietzsche’s appraisal on Buddhism we might really never know if he actually spend more time on it, would he change his mind? He had in his mind that Buddhism was a passive Nihilistic religion. That is a big assumption to Buddhism is there no positive attribute we can receive out of Buddhism? I think there is and I can say that I have a decent motive to consider that Nietzsche’s knowledge of Buddhism was incomplete and misunderstood. If Nietzsche was alive today, what we know now in the 21st century on western understanding of Buddhism, would Nietzsche still think the same? I’m sure Nietzsche would find something even if he had a great understanding of Buddhism. Just like he would with any new religion or anything that had the poor fellow. There is one thing I do think would happen to Nietzsche if he spend some time in a Buddhist temple or read more about it. Can you imagine Nietzsche in a monks robe? That would be something to see! Would he change the way he thought If he actually meet the Buddha and, had a face to face conversation. Would he still come to the same conclusion?
I think he wouldn’t address Buddhism in the same category as Christianity, fairly than analyzing it. Buddha was not moral; he was a clean, proposing a cure for the awfulness of the world rather than covering it up in corrupted grammar. One of the praises he gives Buddhism is the getting away from the slave morality also the self-deception that accompanies it. Nietzsche calls Buddhism clouded by morality, I think he says that for the reason he disagrees with good and evil. He stays stuck in the pattern of defining...

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