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Buddhism: Is it a religion?


Michael Wissmann

on 5 April 2010

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Buddhism "The word comes from 'Budhi' which means to awaken."
-www.buddhanet.net "It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35". -www.buddhanet.net
Tiger Woods "I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught."
-www.tigerwoods.com http://blog.beliefnet.com/astrologicalmusings/images/woods2.jpg What Defines A Religion? a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
- dictionary.com a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.
-webster.com Is Buddhism A Religion? "It has often been suggested that Buddhism is an atheistic system of thought, and this assumption has given rise to quite a number of discussions. Some have claimed that since Buddhism knew no God, it could not be a religion; others that since Buddhism obviously was a religion which knew no God, the belief in God was not essential to religion. These discussions assume that 'God' is an unambiguous term, which is by no means the case. " (Conze) 1. personal God who created the universe
2. the Godhead, either conceived as impersonal or as supra-personal
3. number of gods, or of angels not clearly distinguished from gods Personal God Who Created The Universe "Buddhist tradition does not exactly deny the existence of a creator, but it is not really interested to know who created the universe." (Conze) Godhead "When we compare the attributes of the Godhead as they are understood by the more mystical tradition of Christian thought with those of Nirvana, we find almost no difference at all." (Conze) Number of Gods "The buddhist would find no objection whatsoever in the cult of many gods because the idea of a jealous god is quite alien to them." (Conze) Conclusion "If atheism is the denial of the existence of a God, it would be quite misleading to describe Buddhism as atheistic." (Conze) Works Cited Conze, Edward. Buddhism: its essence and developement. England: Bruno Cassirer Oxford, 1952. 199. Print. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/201002198096934/news/ http://buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm
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