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Impermanence, Selflessness, And Dissatisfaction

... on an intellectual level, but to apply these concepts in one's life is challenging. Impermanence is concerned with the thought that nothing remains static, and change is to be expected. Selflessness holds that there is no immortal soul or external Self that exists in each individual; (Fadiman & Frager,1994:p 545) selflessness is closely connected with impermanence. Dissatisfaction is a larger concept entir ely- it involves the acknowledgment that suffering exists. The world is founded on suffering, (DeSilva, 1991:p 21) and once anything ...

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Relations Between God And Man

... for them as stated in Genesis 2, “8Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” God gives Adam “dominion” over the garden and the animals within; he has everything he needs, even a wife. God gives them a simple command to not eat of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” but He told them they can eat from any other tree in the garden. What ...

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The First Crusade

... to make up for their sins and avoid the horrors of eternal damnation. Clergy members were often consulted to figure out what would be a suitable penance. " The Church itself still frequently imposed pilgrimages as a penance" (Campbell p.14). A pilgrimage to the Holy Land was not an easy task to say the least. The road to Jerusalem was jagged. On the way to Jerusalem, pilgrims were often murdered by thieves. They were defenseless and often did not return. Some pilgrims did return from the Holy Land. They came back with tales that planted ...

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Christianity: What Does God Mean?

... it under their control”. Christ said “God is a Spirit: and they who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth” by defining the nature of that Spirit is God. It would be incorrect to state that “God is a spirit”, because then we would not be distinguishing Him from other beings who are also spirits that we are told about in The Bible. We have to make the distinction that God is a Spirit apart from other beings. So, how do we make the distinction? There is only one place to get that knowledge. Within the God’s Written wo ...

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... and soon many people were giving offerings to Taoist temples, and believing in the purity and of the peacefulness of the Tao (Wolcott 77). was slowly, but surely, starting to rise to be one of the greatest Chinese religions. is one of the most influential ancient Chinese religions. has influenced many religions as well as people. , Confucianism, and Buddhism all influenced each other with their ideas and beliefs (Gaer 170). is the belief that all natural things are good to man and that all materialistic things are a sin and can ruin o ...

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... or respect for an ideal way of life know as Dharma. Hinduism absorbs foreign ideas and beliefs making it have a wide variety of beliefs and practices. This has given it a character of social and doctrinal system that extends to every aspect of life. The Hindus own definition of their community is "those who believe in Vedas." History/Origin The practices and beliefs of Hinduism cannot be understood without knowing the background. Hinduism is the worlds oldest religion, it dates back more than 3,000 years. Hinduism is unique in the fact t ...

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Stephen Dedalus: Religion

... by statements such as, "Pull out his eyes/ Apologise/ Apologise/ Pull out his eyes." This strict conformity shapes Stephen's life early in boarding school. Even as he is following the precepts of his Catholic school, however, a disillusionment becomes evident in his thoughts. The priests, originally above criticism or doubt in Stephen's mind, become symbols of intolerance. Chief to these thoughts is Father Dolan, whose statements such as, "Lazy little schemer. I see schemer in your face," exemplify the type of attitude Stephen begins to ...

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... afraid of it. It their way of living, it is their culture, thus we should respect their religions as they respect ours. There are many rituals that ns perform in order to "worship" their Nature god. One would be dancing around naked to cleanse themselves of the impurities of the technological world. Another would be drinking of each other's blood to become one. Unlike many other religions, ns' ceremonies are usually conducted by women, called Priesteses, but their men who perform these ceremonies as well. The media makes n's look bad. For exa ...

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Thesis: Is There A God Or Is He(?) An Illusion?

... somehow "ensouled". Such indefinite notions are transformed into a distinct conception of a higher order than human beings, and yet somehow resembling them. As it may seem, humans have a metaphysical (speculative) need for a Supreme Being. God, as we call him. He is the eternal and infinite Spirit, Creator of the Universe, and the ultimate power. We present him with human characteristics in all concepts of God, which has led me to believe that it is not God who created man in His image, but man who creates God in his. Religion is one such ...

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Aztec Religion

... as an exaggerated polytheism, there is also evidence to support that Aztec priests tried to reduce the multiple divinities to different aspects of the same god. When they adopted the gods of conquered peoples or received gods from peoples of more advanced cultures, the priests would always try to incorporate them, like the Romans, into their own national pantheon, by considering them as diverse manifestations of the gods they had inherited from the great civilizations which preceded them and from which they had derived their culture ( Leon ...

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What Do Buddhism And Christianity Teach About The Significance, Purpose And Value Of Human Life?

... and The Yoke'. A turtle is described, swimming around in the ocean, popping up for air every thousand years or so. It is claimed that the chance of being incarnated human are the same as that of the turtle putting his head through the yoke (which also floats around the ocean) on one of his trips to the top. It follows, therefore, that to waste it is to waste numberless lives spent trying to gain this precious rebirth and also the chance of enlightenment. The law of Karma says: All actions will entail consequences in the next life, so a B ...

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... teachings available to all that are interested, they do not attempt to convert others to . While the rest of humanity dwells in the dream that is called waking human state, one Siddhartha Guatama roused himself. Buddism begins with a man who woke up. Budda was born a prince named Siddhartha Guatama in a small kingdom in what is now Nepal in 563b.c.e. Shortly after his birth, his father consulted with a number of astrologers, all of whom declared that the newborn prince would become a great king and that he would rule the world in truth and ...

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