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Week Four - HUM130 - Discussion Question - Two


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3 Contemporary Buddhist Practices 3 In order to effectively answer this question, it is essential to comprehend the  foundations of Buddhism, which are essentially labeled the idea of the Four Noble  Truths.  If the Four Noble Truths are appropriately put into use, it is believed that it will  in due course lead to nirvana.  The Four Noble Truths are comprised of the following: life is full of frustration, frustration is basically caused by desires based on one’s ego, there is  a way to eliminate this cycle, and learning the meditative disciplines is the method to  eliminate it.  The Buddha was trying to rid himself from a number of things within the existing  religious atmosphere of Hinduism; these things mirror what many Buddhists are  presently attempting to apply within their daily lives.  He wanted to flea from ritual,  where people undergo certain practices in a routine way that is baseless in a spiritual  capacity; the Buddha believed that ritual was valueless.  He wanted to flea from the  notion of a God.  In Hinduism there were many kinds of ideas about God, including both  polytheistic and anthropomorphic ones.  The Buddha didn’t feel that Gods interfered with human life.  He wanted to flea from fatalism; Hinduism in his time was fatalistic.  People  thought they weren’t in charge of their lives because of karma, whereas the Buddha  thought that people could direct their lives by taking control of it.  Lastly, he wanted to  flea from egotism.  The Buddha strongly felt that ego is the reason why many people get  upset as a result of the fact that people do not fully comprehend that material things do  not provide a person with true happiness.   The ideas mentioned above are the fundamental principles within the Four Noble  Truths. These ideas are still as applicable and appropriate today as they were when he  3 lived; in fact, it can be said that with modern lifestyles, these ideas are more relevant than they ever were.  For this reason, modern Buddhists attempt to incorporate these basic  principles into their daily life, and at the same time, prevent themselves from becoming  materialistic and greedy. The Buddha taught in living between extremes, and people still  understand this principle to be a relevant and suitable way to live one’s life.  It should be understood, however, that not all modern Buddhists perceive these  questions in the same way, since one of the Buddha’s most famed quotes was "Be ye  lamps unto yourselves" by which he was trying to teach that people should reason for  themselves and not be totally dependent upon anyone or anything in order to get them to  reach nirvana ­ a ‘place’ that has not been modified as Buddhism’s goal since its  inception. Nirvana is essentially the state of spiritual flawlessness which is reached after a person discovers how to perceive things for what they are and are not be fooled by things  that seem to make them happy.  This conception of the Buddha entails that dissimilar  people work out various paths to their salvation. 


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