By Benjamin J. Hubbard, John T. Hatfield, James A. Santucci
Today, with the entire controversies surrounding faith within the faculties and within the public sphere, it can appear extra vital than ever that lecturers and librarians have a brief resource of updated, right, independent info to offer to buyers and scholars. The authors of this e-book (all are or were professors of faith at a variety of popular universities) provide simply that. The e-book is prepared to hide so much all the identified (and little identified) religions in America.
Today, with all the controversies surrounding faith within the colleges and within the public sphere, it should appear extra very important than ever that academics and librarians have a short resource of up to date, right, impartial info to offer to consumers and scholars. The authors of this booklet (all are or were professors of faith at numerous good- identified universities) provide simply that. The ebook is prepared to hide many of the recognized (and little-known) religions in the United States. every one part comprises: Origins, ideals, Sacred Book/Scriptures, Practices, major Subgroups, universal Misunderstandings and Stereotypes, school room issues, inhabitants information, and additional Readings. although there are lots of courses to religions, this publication has the original benefit of taking a look at each one faith because it may perhaps have an effect on the school room and different pupil teams and activities.
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7. The Metta Forest Monastery in Valley Center, California, is an example of a forest hermitage. The monk in charge is Thanissaro Bhikku. 8. The precepts are the refraining from (1) taking life; (2) stealing; (3) sexual misconduct; (4) lying; (5) drinking alcohol; (6) eating after noontime; (7) watching dancing, singing, and shows; (8) adorning oneself with garlands, perfumes, and ointments; (9) using a high bed; and (10) receiving gold and silver. 9. com. 10. Kosmin and Keysar, Religion in a Free Market, p.
All beings have the potential to become Buddhas. This reflected the basic Buddhist teaching that the Buddha was a Bodhisattva prior to his enlightenment at age thirty-five. In the Theravada tradition, however, only one Buddha is recognized in this present world age—Gautama—and only one present Bodhisattva currently exists, Maitreya. He is expected 12 BUDDHISM to emerge many thousands or even millions of years from now as a Buddha. Contrary to this view is the Mahayanist view that Buddhahood is open to all because all beings possess Buddha Nature.
Statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not constitute a form of worship in the Western sense. Although descriptions and Buddhist literature might give the impressions that these beings are divinities, they are not in the strict sense. They are not necessarily worshipped as gods, although it is quite possible for less sophisticated Buddhists to view the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as gods or emanations of God. ” What is known as the Laughing Buddha—a fat, disheveled, figure standing with raised hands or sitting with a laughing visage found in gift shops and restaurants—is actually Maitreya (the future Buddha), or more accurately, the Chinese monk Budai (Hotei in Japan), who was posthumously connected to Maitreya in the eleventh century.