Lotus of the Good Law is also very significant to followers of Buddhism as it expresses salvation to Buddhism being universally attainable and lastly, the Tibetan Book of the Dead is also very substantial to adherents of Buddhism as it as it is means by which a Buddhist can determine their rebirth or Nirvana. The Tripitaka is a very significant text for adherents of Buddhism as it can as a guide to the teachings of the Buddha. Firstly, the Tripitaka is a sacred text split into three “baskets”; the Sutra Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka and the Abhidharma Pitaka. The first basket, the Sutra Pitaka sets the rules and expectations of the Sangha. In this way, the Tripitaka is very significant to adherents of Buddhism as it provides a clear set of expectations of the adherent of the religion as well as providing a guide to the teachings of Buddha.
1) Buddha informs others that even though life was filled with suffering, it was possible to stop sorrow if one did not crave anything. Zhi Dun, a Chinese scholar states in Document 2, “He will behold the Buddha and be enlightened in his spirit, and then he will enter Nirvana.” Zhi Dun must
Document six is slightly different from the rest, as for it is written by an emperor, Tang Emperor Wu. “Buddhism has transmitted its strange ways and has spread like a luxurious vine until it has poisoned the customs of our nation.” This suggests that Buddhism is detrimental to society and it seeks to destroy the natural order, such as laws. Emperor Wu finds it awful for the amount of people belonging to Buddhist temples and chapels to outnumber the imperial palace. Buddhism is again referred to as an evil that need to be eliminated. These documents appear to make it seem that Buddhism had a hard time finding its place in
Instead, after studying his use of imagery, diction and repetition in Jubilate Agno, Smart clearly praises them as the very quality allowing animals to be easily trained and thus docile to God’s instructions. He seems to suggest that animals’ sole reliance on basic needs makes them sincere servants of God, allowing them to perform their duties perfectly without distraction or hesitation. In humankind’s case, namely the miser and the hypocrite discussed in Jubilante Agno, the latter results from its intrinsic paranoia and selfishness. In Jubilate Agno, Smart first describes Jeoffry’s animalistic motions and demeanor using both imagery and meticulously chosen diction. He interprets each action and behavior as Jeoffry’s fulfilling divine instructions.
Utilitarianism is a consequentialist theory. However like all ethical theories there are strengths and weaknesses of utilitarianism. The strengths of utilitarianism are that it is straightforward and based on the single principle of minimising pain and maximising pleasure and happiness. This system which aims to create a happier life for individuals and groups is attractive to many. As well as this it relates to actions which can be observed in the real world, for example giving to charity which promotes happiness for poor people and is seen to be good where as an act of cruelty is condemned as bad.
Meditation: Buddhist Tradition Buddhist meditation is a form of mental concentration that can lead to enlightenment and spiritual freedom. Meditation occupies a central place in all forms of Buddhism. Meditation is the second category of the Eight-Fold Path, which is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha. The Eight-Fold Path is described as the way of leading to the cessation of suffering and the achievement of self-awakening. In general, meditation is a way to quiet the mind.
In the World State, people are encouraged to take soma whenever they start to get sad. Soma is one of the key components that keeps the society stable by increasing the group identity. Soma also portrays the incompatibility between truth and happiness because by consuming soma, they avoid the truth whenever they are sad. It conceals their sadness and fills it with fake happiness. Mustapha Mond sees soma as a perfect tool to maintain the stability.
While many Buddhist views tend to stress peace and good deeds, this caveat could possibly discourage people from doing things for others because they may not be completely convinced they are doing them for the ‘right reasons’. “Even if you were to feed all the hungry beings in the world, if you acted in complete absence of these four views, then it would be merely a good deed, not the path to enlightenment. In fact it might be a righteous act designed to feed and support the ego.” (1601) Here, he even implies
On the other hand Christianity, as proposed by the second most important commandment by Jesus, speaks of loving your neighbor as one loves themselves. Fundamentally the Dalai Lama takes a more idealistic approach, which focuses on the betterment of the human race, whilst Jesus’ commandment leans more towards showing love for others in the immediate. With this in mind, which of these two philosophies is most important in this day and age? And is there a significant difference between the two? Compassion is defined as ‘a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering’.