Buddhism: World Religion: January 20, 2014
Originated in the Indian south continent sort of like the Indian continent.
Originated in south asia and spreading from there to different parts of the world. Southern
Buddhism is part of the south part of Asia. Apart from that Northern Buddhism refers to
the northern parts of India really concentrated on Napual and Tibet. It is quite a distinct
form of Buddhism. Eastern Buddhism encompases the region of China and really takes a
distinct form in China. Buddhism that we find in East Asia we refer to as eastern
It wasn’t really obvious but what were the linkages to European discovery to
Asian religions. Buddhism has really came up in the west in the past 50 years. Now there
are numerous organizations in the west that have embraced Buddhism as a western
religion as well. They are all of course a large number of a movement that has drawn
upon asaian principles. There is a great deal of hybritity going on in a lot of disciplines
that draw upon east asian traditions ex. meditation, yoga, etc.
There is a wide dispursion of Buddhism like Christianity like Islam is a
missionary religion in other worlds it is based not so much on ethnicity but rather it is
propergated on the basis of belief. Buddhism does penitrate various cultural religions that
are very much like islam, etc. Lets say and talk a little bit then what the core of Buddhism
The core of Buddhism: The man who began and started it all was Siddhartha
Gautama, the Buddha. Born in the fam of the Sakyas Sakyamuni. The word Buddah
itself means: awake.
The historical Buddah was refered to Sakya Buddah why? We recognize a large
variety of Buddah when we want to be specific about who we are referring too we use
the Sakya Buddha.
Buddhism has really focused on and developed a narrative around the figure of
the Buddha. Look at the way Buddhism regonizes the Buddah and the founder of the
tradition Sakyamuni Siiddhartha (founder of Buddhism.) When you are reading from
within the Buddhist context Siddartha is just one among many others. Just keep that in
mind when you do your research for your paper.
Siddartha was born into a prosperous family of the king od the Sakyas. Upon his
birth his parents celebrated. They are told that he Is a great man and that he is going to
grow up to become a great man. He is going to achieve great things in life. On the one
hand they are disturbed by the duel possibilities of the way his life can go but they are
also very happy that he is going to be a world emporier. They determined the best course
of action is to really manage Siddarth’s emvironment.
His father determines the way that Siddartha never goes down a bad road is to
surround him with happiness. To provide him with all the resources for and to build up a
very happy life. Such that he will not feel an impulse to renunsiasion. As a result to this
kind of thinking his parents really protected Siddartha to this kind of enviroment. His
life is finally settled, etc. His father finally allows Siddartha to go out of the palace and go discover life. He makes s