Buddhism and Christian Faith
HUM/130: Religions of the World
Week 9: Final World Religion Report
February 19th, 2012
Since the beginning of time, religion was a part of society, much like it is today in a more modern era. There are so many different religions and sects of religions which brings about different interpretations and meanings understood by the people who practice a certain religion. Each religion has its own individual story and theory on how this world came to be and what happened in order for it to be created. With so many different religions and people practicing each one it is easy to be disrespectful when it comes to others’ beliefs ...view middle of the document...
” As a child he was born into a life of riches and one that was very luxurious for him and his family. When he got older he wanted to basically go out on his own and experience the life that he had never gotten to live and try to look for answers that could answer his questions about suffering people and understanding the entire life cycle; birth, aging, and death. When he passed away, the religion was long lived and eventually spread across the entire nation of Asia and beyond this country as well.
Buddhism is a religion that believes in non-violence and strongly believes in the theory of karma. It is natural for Buddhist to treat all living things with respect. The religion is a practice for the followers used meditation to become a person who has lovingness and kindness and also wisdom. Buddha taught suffering and the end of suffering and after his enlightenment he established what is known as The Four Noble Truths and The noble Eightfold Path, which are the foundations of Buddism. Because there is not really any worshipping of a god that is the creator, some believe this is more of a philosophy rather than a religion. The Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path are very practical and straightforward for the people who choose to practice this religion. Buddhism also teaches that nothing is permanent, all actions have a consequence, and that change is very possible. I think that’s why Buddhist is not only directed towards a certain race or ethnicity such as only Chinese, Tibetan, or Japanese natives. A Buddhist is ultimately trying to develop the important qualities of wisdom and compassion. This is done through the meditation which enables the person to utilize the teachings they have learned in order to help them reach this stage. There is about 350 million people who practice the Buddhism religion today. Although, there are many sects of this religion the foundation is the same, that of non-violence, practice of meditation, and the thought that all being will be free from suffering. In other religions, each person is practicing their faith of choice to reach a place that is beyond this world, in Buddhism that place is called Nirvana.
I chose to go to a local Buddhist temple here in Columbus, Ohio. The name of it is Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling, and is actually a Tibetan Buddhism temple. They offer free classes to the public as well as weekly mediation on Sundays. I got the opportunity to speak to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, a teacher at this temple. He was born in east Tibest in Rabshi, in the province of Kham. His parents practiced Buddhism diligently and his father was a teacher as well. When Khenpo was young when he joined Thrangu Monastery where he practiced for six years. At age 18 he was a monk and was sent with a few others on a pilgrimage to Tsurphu Monastery.
The interview was a really good experience and although there was some issues with the language barrier, I was able to really get a good understanding of what...