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By: Audrey Charlton
To start the history of Buddhism we mine as well start off with the question is it monotheistic or polytheistic? Buddhism is nontheistic because the people that believe in Buddhism just follow Buddha's path but the don't worship him. Buddha was a man that was a prince but stopped being prince to becaome a man that can follow his path.People that like to follow Buddha's path are called Monks. Monks are people that don't worship Buddha but follow in his path. Buddhism was first founded in India 2,500 years ago. But Buddhism actually got even more popular after Buddha had died. The reason Buddha was not a person to worship he liked people that would take their life into their own hands and follow in the path they believed to follow in. A book that Monks take places is called a Sutras, the Monks belived it is the real words of Buddha. Monks go to Tibets which is a group of people with somewhat different religious beliefs from those of a larger group to which they belong. There are three sects and those are, Theravada ("Way of the Elders"), Mahayana ("Greater Vehicle") and Vajrayana ("Diamond Vehicle"). Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism went their separate ways in the first century AD. Mahayana then subdivided into several diverse schools. Tibets are places that the Monks would go to worship Buddha!
To start the history of Christianity we mine as well start off with the question is it monotheistic or polytheistic? The anwser to that is monotheistic, I know this because mono means one and Christians believe in one god. The god that the Christians worship is, God. God was very important to Christianity, especailly since he was the one that made us (it says in the bible). The bible is one of the Christians most valuable book that tells us every thing about how Christianity started and how it became to be. A place that goes with the bible is a place called church. Church is very important also because that is where people go to worship God and the bible. Christians go to church mostly on Sundays and talk about what God and Jesus had done for us. Jesus is also a very important to Christians because he sacrificed his life for all of us to live. Jesus had lived 2,000 years ago that is when the religion was established. And where was it established? It was established in Bethlahem which is located in Israel. That is some of the main reasons why Christianity is so important to Christians.
These are Buddha Eyes (also known as Wisdom Eyes), and they look out in the four directions to symbolize the all-seeing of a Buddha.
The wheel is one of the most important Buddhist symbols, as it represents the teachings of the Buddha.
The footprints of the Buddha Symbolizing the grounding of the transcendent, feet have been objects of respect in India long before Buddhism.
The Ichthys (fish) is a Christian symbol from centuries A.D. The fish was a Christian symbol because fish was a Greek word meaning Jesus Christ God’s Son was our savior.
The Cross is from the religion Christianity and was the earliest Christian symbols. It represents Christ’s death.
The ancor symolizes the Christian hope in Christ and shows the natural symbols like the fish, boat and dolphins.
One specail ceremony that Monks have is called a Vassa which is a retreat that Monks go on from the full moon in July and the full moon in October. They do this because it is rainy between these months. The Monks retreat in Northern India. But if a Monk can not go on retreat then the Monk will observe three months until the full moon in August. The signifigence is that the Monks do this about every year and to support Sangha(buddhist).
One rite that Cathloics have is a communion which is a specail ocassion for a boy or girl that is Catholic and it is the first time for a child to recive what is called The body and blood of Jesus Christ. The child will have this ceremony when he or she is 7-8 years old or in 2nd grade. The sinifigance of this ceremony is that the child only gets this after he or she is baptised which the child gets when they are very young. The children also get religious presents and get to dress nice for this ceremony.
(Catholics is another type of Christiany, the Christians and Catholics follow the same path just they have a little twist to eachother)
The holiday I chose for Christianity was Christmas. Christmas is selabrated on December 25 because that was the day that Jesus was born and Christians like to celabrate it because Jesus made a diffrence in the Christians because they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life for ours. And some traditions is giving presents to one another and eatting dinner with your family and friends. This is around the time that Christians love going to church. Espacailly on his birthday!
The holiday that I chose is called Buddhist New Year. I chose this holiday because this is the time that Monks celabrate the time of a new year. In Theravadin countries, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. In Mahayana countries the new year starts on the first full moon day in January. However, the Buddhist New Year depends on the country of origin or ethnic background of the people. As for example, Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese celebrate late January or early February according to the lunar calendar, whilst the Tibetans usually celebrate about one month later.
My current event is on a man named Chuck Stanford of Stilwell founded Rime which is Buddhist Center, Stanford runs this organization with his wife, Mary, in 1995. Chuck Standford was nterveiwed on May 17, 2014. Stanford's is the organization’s executive and spiritual director. This conversation took place inside the worship center, which is in a historic church in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas. Stanford was raised a Christian. But left the Christian church as a teenager he, said it didn’t speak to him. For much of his young adult life he didn’t practice any religion. His wife and himself read some books on meditation many, many years ago, and started practicing meditation. Not so much for spiritual reasons, more for health reasons. This was first was exposed to Buddhism, Standford was affiliated with a Buddhist center that had three hours of sitting on Sunday, from 9 a.m. until noon. You could come for all of it or part of it, but it was just sitting. There was no chanting, there was no talk, there was no music. Standford wanted more of a service that Westerners could relate to, elements that would be familiar to people who were used to going to a church or a synagogue or a mosque. And Standford thinks it stays true to the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism.