ETHS 220 Asian in America Photo-ethnography Project Name: YI YANG Professor: Nhung Le Date: December 8, 2011 Asian Religions in America Since Asian culture is widespread through many Asian countries there will be several types of Asia religion to study when talking about the Asian American religion and faith. In this project, we will look at the most popular Asia religion within the Asian culture and populations of the US. Buddhism Hinduism Taoism Buddhism Buddhism was introduced into the United States for more than one hundred years of history. The 19th century, Japan expanded to the Pacific area, so that Buddhism spread with Japanese immigrants into the Hawaiian Islands. And later go into San Francisco and other place.
Changes and Continuities in India over Time From 300600 CE, there were major changes in classical Indian civilizations as new religions were formed, political power was increased, and advancements in math and science were made. However, trade routes continued to flourish while the caste system was supported by the Hindu religion. These helped the patriarchal society flourish in the 300 years. In the classical Indian society, many changes took place, religion being one of the main few. New religions changed the social norms from only Hinduism to Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.
Additionally, both believe in the spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, concentration, and cultivation of states of mind, called mindfulness. While Hinduism and Buddhism share similarities, they also celebrate differences; Hinduism is not founded by any particular prophet and Buddhism was founded by Buddha and Buddhists do not believe in the existence of souls like Hindus, neither do they believe in the sacred texts of the Vedas or any other Hindu scripture. Refuge in the Buddha, the Sangha and Dhamma are the three fundamental requirements of the eight fold path while Hinduism offers many choices to its followers for
The term ‘religion’ is “perhaps not a very good term to use in connection with Buddhism since it recognizes no God” (Zaehner). Buddha taught over 84,000 teachings (Gyasto). The word ‘Buddha’ means “Awakened One.” When someone is awakened or enlightened, then they have became a Buddha; someone who is completely “free from all faults and mental obstructions”
Within five centuries of the opening of the Silk Road to Central Asia, Buddhism had become so prevalent in China that some scholars estimate as many as 90% of her population to have been converted to Buddhism. By the Northern Wei dynasty (386-535) this religious philosophy had so penetrated the ruling elite as to inspire massive public works programs at some of the world's finest cave complexes atMogao, Yungang and Longmen. And in 629, early in the Tang dynasty (618-907), concerns for textual authenticity inspired China's most famous pilgrimage. The monk Xuanzang departed from Chang'an (modern day Xi'an) on a sixteen year journey to northern India in search of original Sanskrit texts. When he returned with over 600 such texts, the Wild Goose Pagoda was constructed in Chang'an (modern day Xi'an) as a library for these
• “It is the element within Tibetan Buddhism of magic and the supernatural, so remote from the original teachings and practices of Buddhism that has led to its designation as Lamaism, as if it were a separate religion.” (Lieberman, 2003) Conclusions concerning points of agreement and disagreement between Buddhism and Hinduism • Both Buddhism and Hinduism believe in reincarnation and salvation as the highest goal. • Buddhism is in opposition of the Hinduism Brahmanical religion. Brahmanism practices the value of sacrifice. • Hinduism & Buddhism have considerable influence in their practices and ideals, both strive for ultimate liberation and the correspondence of spirituality of renunciation. (Schmidt,2007) • Hinduism believes in Gods and Buddhism does not believe in Gods.
Before the World Wars, Australian society was grouped mainly into Christian denominations but migration has introduced many new religions into the culture. They brought with them new ideas, customs and cuisines, changing the Anglo-Saxon basis of Australian society which is evident to this day. Two-thirds of the workers of the SMS were immigrants from over 40 countries around the world. The Scheme has become a symbol of the alliance between its workers. Therefore, the revolution of all aspects of culture has assisted in the changing identity of
First of all, Vietnam is a country which is influenced by Buddhism. Buddhism has existed in Vietnam for over 2000 years, and Buddhism was the main religious for many dynasties in the past. According the “Vietnam Religion Overview” on the Hanoi Tour, there are 85% of Vietnamese identify with Buddhism. Therefore Vietnamese are affected by Buddhism ideology which assumes life is a sea of suffering. According to this ideology, Buddhists think that they should do good deeds and prevent jealous or compete with others.
In our civil society today, there are many, many different kinds of cultures that each person lives in every day. Some of those cultures include a “Western Civilization Culture.” In this type of culture, these people are very interested in religion (especially Christianity), artistic, philosophic, literary, and legal themes and traditions. The many heritages that practice this culture include Latin, Celtic, Germanic, and Hellenic ethic or linguistic groups. These religions that practice this western civilization culture help our understanding of how the western culture was hundreds of years ago. In conclusion, the western civilization people from the past hundreds of years have made a huge impact on our society today and the way things are done in our life.
This is because Zen is concerned only with the direct experience or insight into enlightenment, away with all dogma, theology and doctrine which is ever-present in other religions. In Zen, this direct insight into the nature of life, or enlightenment, is achieved through meditation, and also through the contemplation of unsolvable riddles called koans. Through the analysis of the teachings, beliefs and art of Zen culture, we can assess how Zen attempts to gain direct insight instead of relying on any doctrine to attain enlightenment. Zen Buddhism is a form of Mahayana Buddhism, which holds its roots from China, the home of Ch’an Buddhism (Dumoulin 34). The incessantly interesting feature of Zen Buddhism is that there is no dogma, philosophy or doctrine one must believe in to be a Zen Buddhist (“Buddhist beliefs”).