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Running head: WORLD RELIGIONS REPORT 1 World Religions Report David Story University of Phoenix
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World Religions Report Introduction of the religion Buddhism has been around since the 6th and 4 th centuries BCE. The teachings of Buddha were founded by Siddhartha Gautama in the 6 th century in Northern India. The religion of Buddha is the fourth largest in the world, with Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism out numbering this religion. Name, location review of the site Reno Buddhist Church 820 Plumas St. Reno, Nv. 89509 Upon my arrival, I found the church to be very serene. There were several depictions of Buddha, along with pictures of founding Buddhist Reverend’s from Japan. The church was very peaceful both to the eyes and ears, with soothing music and a nonjudgmental sentiment. At the beginning of the service, the congregation chanted from a book of Shoshinge and made a line to the altar with offerings of incense. At the conclusion of the chanting, the congregation paused to take in 5 minutes of meditation accompanied by very pleasurable music. After the chanting and offerings were completed, readings were done from the Tipitaka, a book containing the teachings of Buddha. Interview summary Both the interview and church service were very peaceful. I found this to be, both a place to become enlightened on the teachings of Buddha, as well as how peaceful a religion can be. This church is a non-denominational church with a sister church in the city of Hokkaido, in Japan. The name of the sister church is Eikyoji (Temple of Eternal Teaching) established in 1900 by Rev. Taikyo Matsunaga 1866 – 1940. In the year 2000 the congregation in Japan wanted to share their faith with the people of Reno, so they established their temple here in Nevada. This same congregation sends their children from Japan here to Reno to learn the teachings of Buddha. This church has been teaching people about Buddha for 26 generations. The following questions were answered by Dennis Trevor, one of the Reverend’s of the Reno Buddhist church. 1: How does one become Buddhist? “To convert to the Buddhist religion from another, one has to attend many services and learn the teaching of Buddha. Both traditional and modern text from the Buddhist religion will be what one reads and learns in their process of conversion. Once the teachers feel you have the understanding of the religion, only then will one be ordained to the Buddhist religion. Kind of like being baptized”.
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2: What are the important holidays and traditions of this religion? “Buddha Day, which is celebrated on December 8th here in Reno, is a celebration of the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha in a single day. This has been a Buddhist tradition for 2500 years”. 3: How has religion shaped your life?
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