Eastern Philosophy

Topics: Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Religion Pages: 1 (380 words) Published: November 8, 2013
At the time when Greek philosophy flourished, while on the other side of the world a different philosophy rose within Eastern regions of India and China. Eastern philosophies are Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Eastern philosophies deal with larger questions of our relation to the cosmos or how do we live our life in an unselfish act rather than depiction of gods or rituals.

Out of the four Eastern philosophies, Confucianism and Buddhism intrigued me the most. Confucianism owes its roots to the teachings of the sage K’ung Fu-tzu, which is known in the West as Confucius. Confucianism for me is a sort of humanism because it is concerned with us, human beings, rather than worshipping god or deities or having rituals. It is focused on what we have now in life and how to make that good; it is about finding the way to happiness. It teaches us to love not only ourselves but our fellow human being as well, to be righteous or doing things in the right way, to be unselfish, to have an obligation to do right or be good, and to respect others, especially our parents. In summary it teaches every person to live a life in moral standards. Thus the saying “Do unto others what you would like others do unto you” was made.

Buddhism, founded by Siddharta Gautama (also known as Buddha), teaches us self-discovery and personal liberation. Buddha teaches us on how to avoid suffering or what we can do to avoid it. To avoid suffering we must understand the reality of life, our mind should be free of evil or immoral thoughts, we must avoid immoral acts, we should be careful of what we speak of, we should always strive to fight evil, and we should act in full awareness of our actions. In summary, Buddhism is about cause and effect. Make good causes to get good effects. It teaches us to have no attachments or longing for this world. We are also to be compassionate to all, unconditionally.

We should live life to the fullest and for what it is worth. We should look at life...
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