Buddhism As a Promoting Role In Society

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Before the birth of Buddhism, some individuals in the social classes from the Indian Civilization felt they were treated unfairly by the societal constraint of the Class and Caste system. When Siddhartha Gautama brought Buddhism into existence in 500 B.C.E, the religion had played a promoting role to change society by allowing people of all caste to join his equalized society, and allowed women to participate in religious activities. Buddhism may have also impeded society though by throwing off the Chinese value of procreation of children, and schism between believers of Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. When Buddhism had arrived, it was indeed a serious threat to Vedic religion and the Brahmin’s prerogatives of the class and caste system. In 700 B.C.E, when the two conformities became a rigid hierarchy over the community, invigorate individuals would abandon their town or village to join this belief system in order to have peace and freedom. Buddha led his followers to believe that loving kindness and compassion are special merits, and that his teachings were not to be bound by any strata or caste, but to treat all sentient beings equally with equal status and help. King Ashoka of the Mauryan Empire, who converted to Buddhism, wrote in one of his edicts, “. . . . You [government officials] are appointed to rule over thousands of human beings in the expectation that you will win the affection of all men. . . . King [Ashoka] desires that there shall be growth of the essential spirit of morality or holiness among all sects. . . . There should not be glorification of one’s own sect and denunciation of the sect of others for little or no reason. For all the sects are worthy of reverence for one reason or another”. As Buddhism spread throughout India and Asia, religious roles were given to
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