FINAL PAPER: World View Chart Writing Assignment

FINAL PAPER: World View Chart Writing Assignment

REL212 WORLD VIEW CHART (alternate version)
This chart contains all the research you need to write the final paper for this course. If you do the research and reading on the religion(s) we study each week, and if you give yourself a good guide to the religions using this chart, you will have a good foundation for that final paper. The more information you provide for yourself with this chart, the easier it will be to write your final paper. Do not forget to provide adequate material for any in-text citations and be sure to include a reference page as well.

Complete and submit the following worksheet. Provide citations for any source(s) you used to explain or provide examples for in your research. List in APA Style full references for any in-text citations and source(s) made in the above chart.

Student Name: Phabian Smith
RELIGION(S) OF THE WEEK Provide your response in this column.
· State the name of the Religion being addressed in this chart.

· Please address ONLY ONE (1) religion per chart.

Buddhism
ORIGIN OF ALL THINGS Provide your response in this column.
· State the creation story that this religion uses to explain the creation of the universe. If you cannot identify a creation story for this religion, offer a suggestion as to why this religion may not have one.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

Buddhism is a religion following the principle of their founder the Buddha. It is believed that there was a time human reached the highest level of their understanding and knew everything. The Buddhist depend on three foundations, Dharma, Buddha and Sangha for any kind of help they are need. Buddha is an individual who is believed to supernatural while Dharma is the teachings of Buddha that revolves around meditation, philosophy and right behavior. Sangha is a community of nuns, monks and believers. The three are not related to god in any way (Erricker, 2015).
NATURE OF GOD/CREATOR Provide your response in this column.
· State the nature of the god(s) worshiped by this religion. If you cannot identify a god (or gods) for this religion, offer a suggestion as to why this religion may not have one.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

Buddhist do not have a uniform believe in god as it from one person to another or the traditions, but Buddha is not a god himself since the practitioners do not worship any god. The believers only abide by the teaching of their founder. They do not attribute any power to any deity as the case of other religions like Judaism and Christianity. In Buddhism spiritual growth and awareness is on an individual. For one to grow spiritually he meditates and lives morally and ethically upright. Buddhism is a free religion neither denying nor accepting the existence of a god (Gard, 2007).
VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE Provide your response in this column.
· State how this religion views human beings.

· How are human beings viewed with regard to their characteristics and their place in the universe? If you cannot identify how this religion defines human beings, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

Buddha in his teachings said that everything on earth is temporary (anicca). Whatever man feels, or experiences is also time bound. There is no soul as spoken by other doctrines and it’s called Annata. The religion believes than man is composed of physical body (rupa), feelings (vedana), consciousness (vinnana), ideas (sanna) and mental part (sankhara).

All the component joins up at the time a child is born to form one being and exist morally without the aspect of the soul (Hay, 2006).

VIEW OF GOOD & EVIL Provide your response in this column.
· State how this religion defines the concept of good and evil.

· Most religions encourage their adherents to be good and to shun evil. How does this religion define these terms for those who practice this religion? If you cannot identify how this religion defines good and evil, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

The Buddhist believe that evil and good are natural and can be separated from humans’ life, so it is not possible differential good people from bad people. Man can be good and bad depending on the situation, but all are the same. Being evil or good in Buddhism is a subject of discussion as one can be good to one person but bad to the other therefore it is arguable. These is no standard expected but the impact on others is what matters. Being evil is when one acts in a manner that he himself considers himself more important than others and should be given all that he deserves but do not reciprocate the same to others.

Good is the feeling of concern to others and treating them as oneself and it brings peace and feeling of belonging to a group or society (Erricker, 2015).

VIEW OF SALVATION Provide your response in this column.
· All religions suggest that human beings are faced with a “problem” that needs to be overcome. What is the “problem” this religion identifies, and how does it suggest that we can overcome it? If you cannot identify how this religion defines the “problem,” or how to overcome it, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

Buddhism believes that life is all about suffering (dukkha). The believed is anchored of the problem and not all-powerful god. Existence of god is not in the mind and different Buddhist have different angles of looking at life and what controls the universe (Gard, 2007).
VIEW OF AFTERLIFE Provide your response in this column.
· What does this religion teach about “what comes next” after all is said and done? For Eastern religions that teach reincarnation, this question is about what happens after moksha is attained. For Western religions, this question is about what happens when we die. If you cannot identify how this religion defines the afterlife, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

Buddhist believe in reincarnation for those who have not attained enlighten while Buddhas will achieve nirvana after death. Life is like a journey and when one dies he returns to earth. Buddha believe life and death is like a cycle where one candle lights the other. One can only escape the cycle of rebirth and death when he goes to Nirvana and there all the sufferings and problems are not experienced. Nirvana is not well not but believed to a place of great comfort that cannot be comprehended by the mind (Hay, 2006).
PRACTICES AND RITUALS Provide your response in this column.
· How do members of this religion “practice” their “faith?”

· What ceremonies, or rituals, do they use to help pass this religion on to the next generation? If you cannot identify how this religion is practiced, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t have any rituals or practices.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

There are several rituals performed by the Buddhists all these in done with the aim that one will attain the highest level of enlightenment to avoid the cycle of death.

All Buddhist meditate as the only way to deliver yourself from most of the sufferings. Apart from meditation they also recited mantras, producing sacred sounds and using hand gestures (Erricker, 2015).

CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS Provide your response in this column.
· Identify one or two celebrations and/or festivals that members of this religion use to express their beliefs in public, or in private.

· Name the festival(s) and give a short explanation of how it is observed. If you cannot identify any celebrations or festivals for this religion, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t have any.

· Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.

· You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.

In remembrance of the death and birth of Buddha they celebrate a Veska yearly in May apart from the leap year when it is held in June

Songkran festival where several days in the middle of month of April people tidy up their clothes and houses and celebrate with the monks. The celebration lasts between two to three days (Gard, 2007).

References

Erricker, C. (2015). Buddhism. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Gard, R. (2007). Buddhism. [Whitefish, MT]: Kessinger Publishing.

Hay, J. (2006). Buddhism. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press.


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