Essays and Research Papers on Eastern Religions

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This 2 page paper looks briefly at the role of meditation in Buddhism and how this fits in with the four noble truths which are also explained. This is the first of a set of four papers. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

This 2 page paper looks at the five aggregates, their interpretation and application to the way we live out lives. This is the third paper in a series of four. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

A 5 page paper discussing the distinction between Buddhist Nirvana (attainment of perfect knowledge) and Hindu Moksha (freedom from all matter). The terms have been used interchangeably and likely will continue to be, which appears not to be problematic for religious leaders of either the Buddhist or Hindu religion. There are differences, but the final result for ...

This 7 page paper argues that the approaches to Heaven are seen as being varied among the ancient Chinese philosophers, however, they shared a viewpoint based on humanistic principles similar to those proposed by Western philosophers of note. The basic form of understanding toward Heaven and a priori intervention is first presented by Confucius and then expanded or negated ...

(8pp) How are we to attain wisdom? Which way shall we look for it? How will we know it when we see it? Do we have to be moral creatures, how will we know how to do that - the questions of the ages, have not changed that much, possibly it ...

Bhagavad Gita

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page research paper that, first of all, summarizes the structure of the ancient Hindu religious text. Then the writer critically examines the book and concludes that there is a great deal in the Gita that concerns the maintaining the societal status quo. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 5 page paper argues that the Buddhist philosophy of life can be said to be centered on the individual as well as being bounded by certain attainments of truth which are comparable to the Western idea of ethics. The ethical content of the Buddhist belief system is best understood from within the dynamics of the proposed philosophy of ...

An 8 page research paper that investigates what the Upanishads (Hindu religious texts) say about the Atman, which is roughly equivalent to the Judeo/Christian concept of the soul. The writer begins by discussing what the Upanishads are, and then discusses what several of these texts say about Atman. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Hinduism and Buddhism

  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper - Is a comparison between Hinduism and Buddhism, with some of the major tenets of both philosophies including the three jewels, the skandhas and the concept of enlightenment. Bibliography lists 3 sources

(3 pp). The Eight Fold Path, a basic tenant of Buddhism, is a strong emotional outline or framework , for the modern holistic health movement. Holistic health is a theory that believes good mental health is essential to good physical health. 'Enlightenment does exist,' Jack Kornfield assures us. 'Unbounded freedom ...

(6 pp) When we think of historical England, the images in our mind may vary. And there may be anything from flashes of Robin Hood, to Richard the third and the Crusades or even the current days of Queen Elizabeth and her brood. One of the farthest thoughts from our mind may ...

Taoism in Today's World

  • 11 page paper

An 11 page research paper that discusses how Taoism has influenced contemporary culture. The writer argues that Taoist principles can be found in everything from pop culture to business practices. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Tao and Cinema

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page research paper in which the writer outlines several films and discusses how they reflect Taoist principles as taken from the Tao of the Tao Te Ching, edited by Michael LaFargue. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 6 page report discusses the fact that American writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman could have any connection with the mysticism of Hindu thought and belief. The art form and consciousness of Transcendentalism as expressed by the two actually does echo the sensibilities of Hindu belief, despite the fact that it is not expressed as true Hindu ...

A 5 page paper which examines the Buddhist view of compassion, as interpreted by Tibet’s fourteenth Dalai Lama, and how it is the essential component in helping others. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 6 page paper comparing beauty and harmony as approached by Lao Tzu in the 6th century BC and by William Wordsworth 2500 years later. Wordsworth was not a Taoist, of course, but his poetry nonetheless reflects much of the Taoist position on beauty and harmony. Nature is the overriding natural order for each; nature exemplifies both ...

A 9 page paper discussing the quest for Nirvana as it applies to the role of women as portrayed in this record of the sayings of Buddha. The paper uses the story of Visakha and her "five beauties" as example for the Dhammapada's view of the role of women and their worth in comparison to that of men. ...

A 6 page paper. The writer begins by describing the origin of Buddhism, then moves into how Buddhism was expanded into different nations and the adaptations of the basic precepts. Each sect then took their own name. Zen is the emphasis as is the effects of the western world on Zen, especially on meditation and ...

This 5 page paper provides information on the movement, but focuses on the trouble the group has had in Beijing. Why the movement has not posed a threat to the United States is explained. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page research paper that examines how Confucianism emphasizes loyalty to one's family (filial loyalty) above all other social factors. The writer explores pros and cons of this worldview via a literature review. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Buddhism; Right Action

  • 6 page paper

This 6 page paper considers what is meant by 'right action, how it is defined and how it should be put into practice. The writer also considers the two forms of right action and its context in the wider belief system. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

Eastern Beliefs

  • 7 page paper

The concept of the 'nothingness' of self is one that allows for the transcendence of the empirical experience. This 7 page paper argues that Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism all incorporate the idea of 'nothingness' as it pertains to an understanding of the a priori and in juxtaposition with the empirical. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page discussion of the cultural considerations which must be made when considering the health needs of Hindus. Not only does dealing with Hindus patients become complicated on the basis of their traditional beliefs in regards to health care, it can become complicated due to these patients’ lack of access to health care ...

5 pages in length. The perception of time to the Buddhists is not associated with the measure of time in typical fashion, but rather it incorporates an overwhelming sense of wholeness and expansion, which effectively transcends any mortal barriers placed upon its passage. There are significant differences between how time is perceived in ...

This 5 page report briefly discusses some of the most fundamental precepts of two of the world’s most important belief systems. There are approximately 311 million Buddhists in the world and approximately 700 million Hindus. Despite the many differences in actual beliefs and practices, it is worth noting that there is a certain metaphysical unity ...

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