1) Where in the world are the majority of this religion’s followers found? Buddhists originated in the northern part of Indian subcontinent. But most of the Buddhists today live in the southeast part of Asia. Buddhists make up about 6% of the world’s population, which are approximately 383 million people. In Canada, Buddhism is the twelfth largest religion in Canada and the fourth largest religion in the world. Sources: Deslippe, Char et al. World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective. Toronto: Nelson Novalis, 2011.
2) What is the religions view of God? How do you know this?
The Buddhist view of God is that there may be a God, but there may not be. It doesn’t really matter to me because I don’t need a God to save me; I can only be saved by myself. The view that the Buddhists have is an agnostic view; one who claims that God may or may not exist and we cannot know either way. Sources: Penny,Sue. Discovering Religions Buddhism; Chicgo: Heinemann Educational Publishers 1995. Deslippe, Char et al. World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective. Toronto: Nelson Novalis, 2011. Pintos Notes: What People Think About God.
3) What is the religions worldview? How do you know?
4) Is there a statement of beliefs that this religion uses? (Not: there may not be.) What does it say? Break down the meaning of this creed. The Buddhist statement of beliefs is summed up in the words witch they repeat on a daily basis: I take refuge in the Buddha. I take refuge in the Dhamma. I take refuge in the Sangha. This Buddhist statement of beliefs means that the Buddhists believe that they take shelter upon the Buddha, the Buddha’s teachings and the Buddhist community. Sources: Thompson, Jan and Mel. The Buddhist Experience. Landon: Hadderm Murray. 2006 Code:
5) Is there a list of rules, or set of guidelines outlining how the followers of this religion should behave? For example: e) Are there any rules for dress code?
A nun would typically wear robes like a monk, but they are usually a different color. For example some Theravada nuns wear brown and white, the monks wear orange, and others would wear white robes. An important part of the dress code is for nuns and monks to shave all the hair of their head, this is a sign that they have given up a traditional life. There are also other precepts which all monks’ nuns and some Buddhists chose for example, they agree not to use perfume or jewelry. f) Are their rules for their diet? What are they?
Buddhists are expected to follow the five precepts, which are the “guides” for living as a Buddhist. A precept is a rule or guideline to show you how to live. One of the five precepts includes not harming any living being, and they also agree not to eat after midday, which makes them vegetarians. g) What happens if the follower sins? How are they supposed to make up from it? Buddhists believe that whatever you think or do today will make you what you will be in the future. For example if a person kills someone and they get away with it, he will half to live with what he has done. He will carry it around in his mind. It will make him different. It is bad karma. Of course, people do get chances to change. They are able to go good things so in time their good karma may overcome the bad. Karma is simply a matter of cause and effect. Sources: Thompson, Jan and Mel. The Buddhist Experience. Landon: Hadderm Murray. 2006 Penny,Sue. Discovering Religions Buddhism; Chicgo: Heinemann Educational Publishers 1995. Deslippe, Char et al. World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective. Toronto: Nelson Novalis, 2011.
6) What does it mean to worship theses followers? Provide at least three major life milestones that are celebrated in this religion. Buddhists mark a few milestones in life, especially birth and death. The Buddhists don’t mark the change in adolescence except for becoming novice monks. a. Birth: Buddhist believes that the birth of a child...
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