> Assertion: Buddhism is not a religon
- > [*] Buddhism has no God, gods, or goddesses
> [*] Buddhism has no pope, prophet, prophetess,
> partriarch or matriarch
> [*] Buddhism has no heaven or hell
The assertion is not so simple because first of all it needs to distinguish which "Buddhism"
terminology refers to.
Another question is the meaning of the terms "Religion".
Let then start examining this word: Religion:
The definition of religion is a controversial subject in religious studies with scholars failing to agree
on any one definition. Some scholars define religion as a cultural system of behaviors and practices,
others as a comprehensive worldview or a moral community called a church.
A number of scholars have pointed out that the terminology used in the study of religion in the west derives
from Judeo-Christian tradition, and that the basic assumptions of religion as an analytical category are all
Western in origin.
My personal view and of cours IMHO, the main point who focalize the term Religion is : A COMPLEX OF BELIEFS.
Let now examine what is the mening of "Buddhism":
Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where
it spread through much of Asia.
Buddhist schools vary on the exact nature of the path to liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices.
The Mahayana practice of bodhicitta and the Vajrayana practices of generation stage and completion stage.
In Theravada, the ultimate goal is the cessation of kleshas (destructive mental states including ignorance, attachment, and aversion) and the attainment of the sublime state of Nirvana, achieved by practising the
Noble Eightfold Path (also known as the Middle Way), thus escaping what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth.
Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
The Mahayana, which includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Shingon and Tiantai (Tendai), is found throughout East Asia.
Rather than Nirvana, Mahayana instead aspires to Buddhahood via the bodhisattva path, a
state wherein one remains in the cycle of rebirth to help other beings reach awakenings.
The Vajrayana, a body of teachings attributed to Indian siddhas, may be viewed as a third branch or merely a
part of Mahayana.
Tibetan Buddhism, which preserves the Vajrayana teachings of eighth century India,is practised in regions
surrounding the Himalayas, Mongolia and Kalmykia.
Tibetan Buddhism aspires to Buddhahood or rainbow body.
As we can see in Buddhism are clearly "beliefs" as are in any religion all around the world.
Just my humble point of view as a man of a country....
Sources:... as usual just to start the path to understood what Buddhism is....
[en.wikipedia.org] - Buddhism
[en.wikipedia.org]- Definition of Religion
[en.wikipedia.org]- Buddhist texts
[en.wikipedia.org]- Four Noble Truths
[en.wikipedia.org]- Dalai Lama
[en.wikipedia.org]- Bardo Thodol
You can not solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that you used to create it.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21-Apr-18 18:50 by Vanya.