Comp Essay 1 - Buddhism and Daoism Comparative Essay- Buddhism and Daoism Daoism and Buddhism were similar religions during the classical era because of their shared belief in balance as a way to maintain order in the world, and neither was intended for political advancement nor were they the dominant religion because their beliefs and leaders were concerned less with government and more with maintaining oneself in harmony, however they were different in that the ultimate goal of Buddhism is to reach Nirvana, whereas Daoism attempts to find 'the way' to live one's life and find knowledge and harmony in the universe. Daoism and Buddhism both held to the core belief that human life should be composed of balance. The name of Daoism came
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.
In his quest, he restricts himself to the spiritual and religious world and persists in his need for teachers. Although Siddhartha is willing to break with religion itself and to abandon all his training, Govinda is willing to seek truth only as long as it appears within the narrow confines of Hinduism or Buddhism and is transmitted by a teacher. As a result, Govinda is unable to see the truth around him, since he is limited by his belief that truth will appear in the way he has been taught by his teachers. This difference between Siddhartha’s search and Govinda’s limited search is the reason why Govinda can attain enlightenment only through an act of grace on Siddhartha’s part, whereas Siddhartha is able to find truth through his own
The Buddha’s teachings are a guide for his followers to be on the correct path to eventually attain enlightenment and nirvana. The five precepts of Buddhism are also contained within the Dharma which is a set of ethical rules or codes for Buddhists to obeyed by for achieving their ultimate goal of finding nirvana. The first precept taught is to obstain from killing any sentient life forms. The second is to never take what is not given, to never harm through sensual pleasures. The last two are to avoid harming anyone through speech and to avoid all mind-changing substances.
They also believed that serenity comes to those whose will is in according with the World reason, the Logos. This type of thinking leads to reduction of frustration and anxiety. 5. What is the disinterested rational will, and why is it important to Stoic doctrine? Disinterested rational Will is a matter of having no personal attachments or motives.
Without having inner peace, you cannot have outer peace. Buddhists practice ethical behavior, meditation, and devotion. Ethical behavior is “an essential component of the Buddhist spiritual path” (Landaw). Buddhism is considered the “religion of meditation” and the purpose is not to calm the mind or become uncaring, the purpose is to “experience the profound and ultimately liberating insight into the nature of reality and yourself” (Landaw). The main study for their devotion became known as The Three Jewels, which are Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha- (the great teacher, his teachings, and the spiritual
Because of the question and answer form, the author was most likely Confucian, though had positive thoughts towards Buddhism as well. The author says that not everything had to be the works of Confucius because they don’t comprise everything. This document explains why monks reject getting married and having children. It states that wives, children, and property are luxurious, but monks choose to give up such entities for simple living to gain knowledge and goodness. This document shows that adherents to Buddhism are in no way harming anybody, and Confucianism and Buddhism can exist together without the need for violence or hatred.
Hindu’s do not feel as sure about being able to break the cycle. - In order to break the chain of desire a Buddhist must give up ass sensuous pleasures, evil, sorrow and joy. ⃰ There is intense meditation that is to be followed and also a list of religious principles. ⃰ The meditation that is done is not a prayer to God but a prayer of self discipline. ⃰ It’s a focus to get the life force in line.
Furthermore, Taoism is based on a life principle called the art of wu-wei. This principle advised that the best way to conduct oneself in life was through inaction. One does not need to be aggressive to make things happen or to win battles. On the other hand Confucianism is a philosophical, religious, movement with an emphasis on studying and scholarship. It also teaches the Tao of Heaven and provides moral training that is quite religious.