Essays and Research Papers on Eastern Religions

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This 4 page paper outlines the key characteristics and beliefs of primal religions, such as shamanism, Eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Daoism, and Western religions, such as Christianity and Islam. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

Religion Defined

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper that begins with a general discussion of the term 'religion', what it means, the different facets relative to its definition. The writer then discusses Confucianism and Taoism with a very brief overview of each. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 10 page paper that analyzes the treatment of women in ancient Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism, in light of contemporary views of gender equity. It focuses on three criteria to measure each faith's levels of misogyny: limits of participation in religious practices, perceptions as temptresses, and importance of domestic roles. Bibliography lists eight sources.

This is an 8 page paper discussing the various components used during the rituals of purification in the Zoroastrian religion. The rituals follow the teachings of the Aryan prophet Zarathushtra and consist of purification during death, menstruation and childbirth. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 7 page paper which examines the importance of the pilgrimage in the Hindu religion. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

An 11 page discussion of the religions of Bahai and Buddhism. Compares and contrasts the major philosophies of these religions utilizing Christianity as a common reference point. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

A 5 page discussion of the work of Joseph Campbell who dedicated much of his life to the study of mythology in primitive and occidental religions. Outlines his impressions of the importance of religion and ritual to societal structure and our ultimate purpose in that society. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 5 page paper provides an overview of various Eastern religions (Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism) and compares them with Islam and Christianity. Various precepts of each discussed religion are included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 7 page paper that responds to several questions: What is religion; how religion shapes identity; the influence of religion on culture; and a brief comparison of the first four religions with the Baptist religion. Incorporated into the paper is the definition of religion, some of the basic beliefs of each religion and if ...

A 5 page research paper/essay that specifically looks at how one Western religion, Catholicism, and one Eastern religion, Hinduism, and how each of these religions address the problem of evil and the seemingly explicable reality that evil, i.e., "bad things," which occur in a fashion that is frequently difficult to understand in terms ...

Trends in Hinduism

  • 3 page paper

All religions develop in line with social changes. This 3 page paper outlines some of the more recent trends or fashions in the Hindu religion. These include changes in attitude towards pride, increasing influence on the west, the development of gender equality, the creation of diverse communities and trends towards restitution. The bibliography cites 1 ...


  • 11 page paper

An 11 page research paper that examines Hinduism, the oldest of the world's great religions. The writer examines the basic beliefs of this religion and its fundamental principles; summaries of its sacred texts; the significance of yoga; and the place of Hinduism in the Western world. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

A 3 page paper discussing the origins of Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Each of these religions originated with some individual's discontent with conditions as they were at the time the individual lived. None set out to create a religion with himself as the central figure. Rather, each sought to answer questions that ...

An 11 page overview of the many precepts of Buddhism. Emphasizes that Buddhism is just one more of the world’s many religions and that to understand it one must understand the basic premises of most of these religions. Highlights the importance of the four noble truths, mindful mediation, the eightfold path of Buddhism, and ...

A 9 page essay on theories on religion and the relationship of Hinduism to those theories. The specific theory addressed is that postulated by Francis Clark and the search for meaning. The writer discusses Clark's theory, provides a basic history of the evolution of Hinduism and posits that this adaptable religion ...

A 5 page research paper which compares these two major world religions. The writer demonstrates that although there are vast differences in the belief systems of these two religions, there are also a surprising number of areas of commonality. Bibliography included.

This 5 page paper discusses the general principles of these religions and specifically addresses the meaning of life according to these world views. Furthermore, this paper compares and contrasts how these religions address this philosophical issue. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 10 page overview of two of the world’s most predominant religions. Written from the perspective of an individual who has a Catholic (or more specifically a Jesuit background) but an interest in Buddhism, this paper emphasizes that while there are many differences there are also many similarities in these two religions. Bibliography ...

Buddhism vs. Hinduism

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page paper that provides a comparative overview of both religions. The writer concludes by considering some similarities and differences that exist between these two religions and Roman Catholocism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 14 page paper examines prayer as it exists in these three religions. A bit about each religion is conveyed and then prayer is discussed in terms of how it is incorporated into the religious traditions. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

A 5 page exploration of the religious philosophy of author Shusaku Endo as portrayed in this story of the individual pilgrimages of his key characters. On the surface Shusaku Endo's “Deep River” is a story of personal and cultural clash which unfolds among a group of Japanese tourist touring alongside the Ganges River in ...

This 8 page paper supports the thesis that if more people followed Hindu precepts, the world would be a better place. The ten commandments of this religion are explored. Examples are provided. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 6 page paper examines the traditions of Hinduism and their meanings. To some extent, other religions are discussed for comparison purposes. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This is a 5 page paper noting the similarities between the Christian ideals and self-mastery as found in Cassian’s Conference I and the Eastern religions of Buddhism and Hinduism. Monk and Christian writer John Cassian (360-435) wrote two major collections of works dealing with the principles of monastic life: The first collection “The Institutes” deals ...

This 7 page paper looks at Korea and its embrace of religion, particularly native religious beliefs. The positive effects of Buddhism and Shamanism on modernity are duly noted but the paper argues that Confucianism has been detrimental to the development of Korea. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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