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Paper 2 PROFESSOR GEORGE HAYDEN SECTION 26129: ZILAN CHEN EALC-110 The Great Tradition December 1 st 2005 Buddhism Stormed the East Buddhism, one of the largest religions in the world with more than 300 million followers was found in the early 500 B.C. in India which the initiator was called Buddha. The religion has two major schools in Asia Pacific, one in Sri Lanka and the other in China. Both of them have been taking a major role on preaching the faith while maintaining its beliefs for years. Buddhism went popular and has turned out to me the number one religion in most of the Asian regions nowadays. But how come Buddhism could not gain the same effect in the west? Different cultural and historical background contributed to this. The East has a cultural belief that is based on ideas from Confucius and Mencius. On the other hand, the West has developed from Christianity mainly. Buddhism has many view points and principles similar to Confucianism and Mencius despite some insignificant amount that might be contradicting. With this nature and background, Asians are more approachable by Buddhists. Buddhism characteristically describes reality in terms of process and relation rather than entity or substance. It creates the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path to set examples for its supporters:
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Andrew Tsui 8234115011 “the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths includes all life is evitable sorrowful; sorrow is due to craving; sorrow can only be stopped by the stopping of craving; and this can be done by a course of carefully disciplined conduct, culminating in the life of concentration and meditation led by the Buddhist monk” (de Barry 416) It reflects the fundamental law of the universe and shows that the doctrine of Buddhism is to encourage people to get a practice of highly disciplined life. There is no spiritual god and no matter what we did we only need to be responsible to ourselves. The sorrows, the faith and the happiness are all determined by our
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This note was uploaded on 06/04/2008 for the course EALC 110g taught by Professor Hayden during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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