Rebuilding Buddhism

Rebuilding Buddhism - Alysse Johnson Current Salvation Rebuilding Buddhism People who became Buddhist monks and nuns are searching for a sort of

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Alysse Johnson Current Salvation Rebuilding Buddhism People who became Buddhist monks and nuns are searching for a sort of liberation in the course of their religion. Their religion will help them live better and suffer less agony during their life time, therefore achieving nirvana. Ultimately, their religion was their salvation not only from their current life but for their afterlife as well. Salvation for the soul or from the duhkha of daily life is apparent when any man or women decides to become a monk or nun and to live by Buddha’s teachings. Some seek to be monks or nuns to study Buddhist ways and to achieve enlightenment, nirvana. Sangharakshita, a Buddhist practitioner said, “that all Buddhists should strive for nirvana in this very birth, regardless of whether they were monks, nuns, or laypeople” (8). He wanted everyone to seek deliverance through nirvana; however, unless you are ordained you cannot seek refuge from other things by means of your religion. Some Buddhists ordain to escape their fate if they hadn’t. The Buddhist monasteries were their salvation from poverty, distaste for marriage, parental life, or whatever else they did not want to endure in their daily lives if they were not monks, or nuns. One example of this is from Dhammadinna Guruma, “she saw ordination as an escape, at least in the short run, from bitter family disputes and burdensome responsibilities, and, in the long run, from marriage” (73). She became a nun so that she didn’t have to suffer a householder’s life and duhkha like she observed her mother bearing. Becoming a nun allowed her to save herself from the duhkha she could have suffered if she got married. Her religion lessened the distress. Ordination was a way of salvation for the people who became monks and nuns. This was accomplished either through the religious belief of obtaining nirvana, or through the belief that an ordained life would be less duhkha, than the life they were born into. Some Buddhists want to become monks and nuns so that they can achieve nirvana easier than they would have been able to if they were not ordained. However, some preached that is was possible for any layperson to achieve nirvana in this day in age. One of the monks sole
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Alysse Johnson Current Salvation Rebuilding Buddhism purpose was to achieve nirvana was Dharmapala and he preached, “a gospel of liberation for all humanity: nirvana was now possible for the laywoman as well as the layman” (21). Dharmapala
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2011 for the course REG 101 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '11 term at Cardinal Stritch.

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