Assume all hindus believe or practice the same things

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Assume all Hindus believe or practice the same things, some chose to believe only parts of the faith. Make fun of Hindu practices or beliefs such as their polytheism, rituals, temple ceremonies, etc… you won’t be able to regain their confidence to share openly with you. Invite a Hindu over for dinner and offer them meat or eat meat in front of them, you will disrespect them completely, Ryan Turner (2008:n.p.) . I hereby would like to thank you in advance, as I trust you took the time to read my letter and take in account the arguments and also the suggestions regarding Hinduism and Christianity’s foundational doctrine differences. Yours truly, Henry Read Theology Student 6
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Assignment 5 – The Basics of Buddhism Introduction In this article I will look at the different aspects of Buddhism with regard to the origin, the life of Siddharta Gautama, the four ultimate truths, the eight paths of Buddhism definitions of concepts, different schools and how to evangelize Buddhists. 5.1 The Origin of Buddhism Buddhism originated from a guy by the name of Siddharta Gautama (Buddha), who was born about 560 B.C. Siddharta Gautama grew up and was still living in his father’s palace because it was prophesied that he will be the savoir of many if he leaves the house and therefore his father kept everything away from him. One day Siddharta Gautama told his father he wanted to explore; this is when his eyes were opened, McDowell and Stewart (1982:305) . Here out on the streets he came to know that everyone ages, everyone gets sick, everyone dies and that some beg for food. He decided that he will leave the house to start the quest of seeking enlightenment. he apparently stayed under a fig tree for 7 days, seeking wisdom and came to know that is name is no longer Siddharta Gautama but Buddha, the enlightenment one, McDowell and Stewart (1982:305). 5.2 The life of Siddharta Gautama 7
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Siddharta Gautama began his ministry and the Buddha with 5 monks, his companions, and started to minister in Benares, McDowell and Stewart (1982:306) . The sermons that he caught contained the following message : You are to avoid the two extremes and are not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the world, for the Blessed One has gained the enlightenment of the Middle Path, which produces insight and knowledge, and leads to calm, to higher knowledge, enlightenment, nirvana, McDowell and Stewart (1982:306) . The Middle Path is the noble Eightfold Path namely: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. He taught the noble truth of pain (dukkha), the noble truth of the cause of pain, the noble truth of the cessation of pain, which is all combined in the Eightfold Path. Buddha was 80- by the time of death and his teachings had become a strong force in India, McDowell and Stewart (1982:306) .
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