Buddhism Essay

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The Question is Buddhism Why? It can be a simple question to answer with something to the affect of, “just because”. To most of us however, this question at some point in our lives, or at this very moment, has plagued us and consumed countless hours of our deepest thoughts. Many have lost sleep over this grouping of 3 random letters from the English alphabet because it is the question that seems impossible to concretely answer. This has been the cause of the birth for numerous religions across the globe and throughout history. Buddhism so happens to be one of these religions that has come to be over the years and has divided into different forms. Although the formation of different groups has divided the religion slightly in its views, a …show more content…
They would just say that the world does not know any better or that they lack the true understanding of how things are. With their understanding being all people are saved, they have few feelings of animosity or stress, unlike the rest of the population that does not know they are already saved. In Zen Buddhism, the complete opposite is believed in terms of practices. Zen Buddhists put themselves through an incredibly difficult internal meditation and physical disciplined practice. They must meditate for hours upon hours in order to reach satori or to find your true self. Monastic Zen monks will be given a very difficult question called a koan by their head monk. They then will attempt to answer this question, will fail, and then must meditate upon this question until they find the true answer. Mr. Prufer gave an example of what this snap would be like. His cat would refuse to be petted, almost to the point of being in a state of absolute horror. After Mr. Prufer literally held down his cat and force-petted it, his cat would almost melt and would allow Mr. Prufer to freely pet it as long as he so desired. That’s what these monks must experience. They must endure physical pain and nearly total seclusion to reach satori and find their true self. Compassion and humility are the results of this process ultimately.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the structure is very different from the other Buddhism

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