Final religion

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Alysse Johnson Message Final Paper Religious texts can be written in a variety of styles such as mythology, poetry, historical, a mix of historical and poetry, and a mix of historical and ethnography. These different styles of writing about religion can affect the way in which the message of the text is understood, either in a strong way or a weak way. Historical texts can be taken to imply different messages depending on which side of the history people read as well as how much they understand and relate to the historical facts. This is seen in The Shaolin Monastery by Meir Shahar and Rebuilding Buddhism by Sarah Levine and David Gellner; however, Rebuilding Buddhism also includes some ethnographic texts. Poems can also have mixed messages because people could interpret the poems differently, like in Songs of the Saints of India by John Hawley and Mark Juergensmeyer and The Dhammapada by Gil Fronsdal. Stories about mythology, like The Ramayana by R. K. Narayan can sometimes have conflicting information. This is because the myths are normally old and are passed down from person to person, and this tends to create many different versions. Although some of these texts have a negative impact on the religious message, others may have a positive impact. I believe that mythology texts such as The Ramayana can portray a stronger message then other religious texts not only to me but other people as well. Rebuilding Buddhism discusses Buddhism in a blend of historical and ethnographic styles. I believe that this type is one of the weakest styles because it is difficult for the reader to comprehend. The scientific description of the Buddhist culture does not allow the readers to understand and relate to the material on a personal level. Therefore, they are unable to comprehend the book as a whole; they read the book, but can only remember the interesting parts relating to the people. The stories about the people are personal and interactive; they are something for the reader to relate to instead of dry historical facts. For example, “I was burning to learn – anything, whatever they were prepared to teach me! To me, duhkha (suffering) meant
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Alysse Johnson Message Final Paper being prevented from studying the dharma” . Most people can relate to this feeling to want to learn something and the disappointment they would feel if they could not. This is a good way to
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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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