Buddhism - – Class Notes • Buddhism is not Hare Krishna...

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Unformatted text preview: March 30, 2009 – Class Notes • Buddhism is not: Hare Krishna, Hindu Ascetics, Shao Lin Monk, Tibetan Buddhism (only a part) or Zen Monks (another kind of Buddhism) • Meditation is the heart of Buddhism • Founder – Prince Sidhartha, known as Buddha, or the “awakened one” • Buddhism : “ism” is westernized and it does not go with the word Buddha • Buddhism started in Nepal • How Buddha Differs from other religions:- He did not bring the divine message- He gives us an example of behavior- There is no God therefore no medium- Meditation is the heart of Buddhism- Buddha put together a community of followers, a, the first monastism ever founded. • Four holy places of Buddhist Pilgrims: where Buddha was born, tree where Buddha was enlightened, where he gave his sermon, and where passed away. • Buddhists also mark stages of life with rites of passage, if you want to marry, you have to become ordained. • Buddhists also teach and answer people about philosophy of life. • Buddhism challenges our assumptions about nature of religion • Buddhists deny the existence of one single god • Buddha is simply a human being • Buddhists say that human personality is a bit like a river, constantly flowing, the soul itself is not eternal, it is constantly changing. • Idea of the immortal soul is an illusion • Buddhism is a practice to make your mind more awake • The triple refuge: refuge in Buddha, refuge in Dharma, and refuge in Sangha • The pose he sits in is called the “Lotus Position” • Dharma: Natural Law • The four noble truths • Sangha: Community April 1, 2009 – Class Notes Buddhism as a world religion: • It is now practiced by over five hundred million people worldwide • A Buddha can have any face, depending on where it is depicted • The word religion is a very western approach • Some which say that Buddhism is simply a philosophy or teaching, whilst others will prove that it is in fact, a religion in practice • Some still argue that is simple a way of life, or even set of ethics. • Four noble truths: suffering, cause of suffering, termination of suffering, and the path leading to the termination of suffering. • Buddhism challenged some of the most important Western ideas about God, human life, and the self. • He denied the fact that he is a normal human because his mental capacity is beyond humans. He can resist all kinds of temptation. • In Buddhist Doctrine: God is one who indulges himself in all happiness. • If you want to see Buddha, you have to see his teachers. • In 1830s “Buddhism” appeared in western usage • Buddha does not ask his worshiper to follow him, but people worship him like a god • Buddhism can’t help you, he can only show you the path • Buddha said “Whoever sees Dharma, sees me; whoever sees me, sees Dharma” • Buddhists see the Buddha as man-become-Dharma • Ninian Smart says we have to see religion in seven dimensions: 1. The Practical and Ritual Dimensions 2. Rites of Passage 3. The Experiential and Emotional Dimension – we all have the capability of 3....
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2009 for the course RSOC 188 taught by Professor Chen,ning during the Spring '08 term at Santa Clara.

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