Contact Author The religion of Buddha was based on democratic principles besides being simple and practical. Morality was the basis of his Dharma and everybody could join it without any distinction of caste or creed.
There are the elemental religions found among non-literate, tribal people which are elemental because they focus on nature and the immediate survival needs of people.
They give spiritual support to people in harsh environments, based in group solidarity. As ethnic or tribal religions, they have no special founder. Tribal forms of religion do not offer salvation in another world nor a judgment on the universal moral quality of life in this world based on those beliefs.
In addition there are the founded religions, emerging at a more developed stage of culture. These are religions established through revelation or teaching given by an ancient sage. In the West, Christianity provides the major paradigm for religion based on revelation, while in Asia Buddhism is a leading model of religion based on the wisdom of an ancient sage gained through enlightenment.
The founded religions may also be called religions of salvation, because they establish standards of belief and morality which determine whether one faces retribution or punishment in a hell in the afterlife or life in a paradise without suffering.
Some sacred texts describe the punishment of sinners in horribly graphic images. The pictures vary among the faiths, but the basic distinction remains. The Christian view of salvation is based on the Bible.
Salvation, therefore, in general Christian understanding requires a recompense, or repayment for that sin. Christian faith holds that such repayment has been provided by God through his Incarnation in Jesus Christ and his subsequent death on the cross.
God sacrifices his Son Jesus as a universal means of salvation for all people. God pays the recompense for their deeply embedded sin, which they cannot do for themselves.
Through faith in Jesus and the ritual of baptism, the stain of Original Sin is removed, enabling a person to enter paradise after death. In Catholic Christianity there is purgatory where un-atoned sins which have been committed during life are purged through the prayers and religious services offered on behalf of the departed by loved ones still on earth.
This compassionate view implies that few people actually end up in hell, since ultimately all sins will be atoned for. These practices aim at purifying the human spirit as the way of salvation. Salvation in Buddhism follows a different paradigm or template because human evil is not viewed as sin against God or violation of his commands.
Human evil is grounded in fundamental ignorance. It is not the simple ignorance of facts, but a blindness to our true nature as passion-ridden beings filled with hate, greed and the delusion of our own goodness. Such ignorance causes the violence and suffering we see in our world perpetrated by humans.
We are in bondage to our egos and driven by unknown forces in our subconscious. In Buddhism karma functions as the predisposition to engage in actions whose roots lies beyond the boundaries of our consciousness.
Salvation is liberation from such bondage through the transformation of our consciousness and our awakening to our true nature, our Buddha nature. It is the awareness that we are more than we appear; that we all possess the potential to express compassion rather than turning to violence.
Ego is not abolished, but its condition is made clear. As in psychiatry, by becoming aware of the hidden source of our actions in the subconscious, we gain power to choose more fruitful actions.
Buddhist practices such as meditation and worship provide the opportunity to become aware of our deeper self, our Buddha-nature, our root in eternity. In Japan, there are generally two fundamental approaches to salvation in Buddhism: The Zen path traditionally has approached enlightenment, employing with strict, monastic discipline of life and thought.
However, in recent times in the West particularly it has also become a practice for ordinary people apart from monastic requirements. A number of traditions of Buddhist meditation have become popular such as Zen, Tibetan Meditation, Mindfulness practice associated with the Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, and Vipassana or Insight meditation.
The use of meditation has also become established among Western Pure Land followers.
Behind this tradition we see Bodhisattva Dharmakara striving to create a world where enlightenment is possible for ordinary, foolish beings entangled in their blind passions. This is the Pure Land. He made forty-eight Vows designed to establish this ideal world and the means to be born there.the way.
While Buddhism teaches that salvation comes through Buddha’s teachings, Christ taught salvation is found in Him. When Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life" (John ), He was saying He alone is the one who can give eternal life, for He is the source of truth and life.
Not only did. In Buddhism, says Zen teacher Koun Yamada, we find salvation by experiencing our true nature as human beings. Although the Zen path may have been lumped together with others as a “religion,” Zen differs markedly from other religions from the point of view of human salvation.
While Buddhism teaches that salvation comes through Buddha's teachings, Christ taught salvation is found in Him.
When Jesus said, 'I am the way the truth and the life' (John ), He was saying He alone is the one who can give eternal life, for He is the source of truth and life. Salvation in Buddhism.
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