The Buddhist Tradition Analytical Essay by Top Papers

The Buddhist Tradition
A review of the important concepts in various Buddhist traditions.
# 134174 | 1,250 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Religion and Theology (Buddhism)

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The paper looks at various Buddhist traditions - Theravada, Gelug-pa, and Zen - and discusses how each one approaches the difficult process of achieving enlightenment. Just as importantly, the paper looks at some important concepts - the notions of one-self, "wild mind" (as popularized by poet Gary Snyder) and emptiness - and tries to define what they are and their significance in terms that are comprehensible to someone not familiar with them.

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"What is emptiness? Newcomers to Zen Buddhism (to say nothing of those newly arriving to Theravada or Gelug-pa) have often asked this question. Briefly stated, emptiness in Buddhism means that all things are without intrinsic essence ("Buddhist Glossary," glossary). The realization of emptiness by the practitioner of Buddhism (through meditation, of course) is what allows for the experience of Nirvana and it must also be said that this realization is seen as the end to all suffering ("Emptiness [Sunyata], para.1). As this writer understands the term from previous..."

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