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Mind Map of Eastern Philosophy

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Brittany Witty

on 16 April 2013

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Taoism Taoism, like Buddhism believes in the attainability of peace of mind and freedom of misguided thought. Taoism, however is free from any instruction of how to achieve this ultimate knowledge. Taoism is individual, no one person's path to enlightenment is exactly the same and you will only know the end of the path when you get there. Tao doesn't come the those whom seek Tao, instead only those who accept the universe are granted knowledge and peace with the universe. Buddhism A Buddhist may seek an inner nirvana. Through meditation one seeks peace and becomes part of the universe. Buddhism finds inner peace through the cease of change. Allowing yourself to understand that suffering is part of life, that selfish desire is the root of suffering, that putting an end to all change and desire will relieve you of suffering and reaching beyond the suffering are the Buddhist Noble Truths of Dukkha, Samudaya, Nirodha and finally Marga. Eastern Philosophy as a Whole Where Western philosophers may examine the questions of life in search of meaning, Eastern philosophy tends to assume the existence of Gods and an afterlife in order to search for true knowledge and fulfillment in life. Wisdom, purity and enlightenment are the main concerns in Eastern philosophy. The Enlightened Eastern Philosopher Each of Eastern philosophy's four main branches offer a sense of connectivity for the body, mind and universe. Buddhism and Hinduism both focus greatly on the importance of the journey to enlightenment and ultimate reality. Taoism and Confucianism both favour the end result of the journey and the inner peace that one achieves. Where Buddhism and Confucianism offer directions to enlightenment, Hinduism and Taoism are journeys as individual as the person who travels them. Eastern philosophy is the connection of body and mind through metamorphosis. Hinduism Like both Taoism and Buddhism, the ultimate goal of Hinduism is truth and peace of mind. Like Taoism, Hinduism beliefs suggest that the path to ultimate truth is individual. However, like Buddhism, Hinduism suggests that the resulting enlightened state is universal. Hinduism is one of the worlds oldest and most widely practiced religions. The paths of Hinduism have been traveled for hundreds of thousands of years, all leading to one reality. Confucianism Confucianism finds the key to ultimate truth and enlightenment through the exploration of those whom may have already discovered the meaning of life. Elders who were virtuous or wise were regarded with favour and high esteem from young philosophers. Confucianism holds those whom have found enlightenment highly and pass knowledge along throughout generations. Brittany Witty A Mind Map of Eastern Philosophy The Hindu Swastika is a symbol for Hinduism but is commonly misinterpreted following the second world war. The Dharmacakra is the Buddhist symbol also known as the Wheel of Life. The Yin-Yang symbol of Taoism represents the interconnection of opposing forces in nature. This symbol is the most commonly used symbol in regards to Confucianism beliefs.
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