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Help on World Religions Homework-Buddhism?

I need help on my world religions homework.I read the book,but some of the questions,I can’t find the answers to or I dont know how to answer them.I previously got kicked out of my last high school and I wanna work really hard and get great grades so that I can go back next year cause I was really lazy at my previous High school,so please don’t criticize me…I answered most of them,I just need a little more help,please?even if you can just help me with one or two,I’ll be so thankful…or just at least tell me what my teacher is asking me to answer,but in different words,cause I don’t understand some of them.
2.How do Buddhists think differently about Samsara?(I don’t understand what my teacher meant by this question.)
6.Why did some things change to Buddhism? (why did it break into different categories after Buddha’s death?)
5.What are some things to help meditation?(for Buddhists.Not just any meditation.)
6.What rites of passage are important? (I dont understand what he meant by this question,either.)
7.What eight things do Buddhist monks and nuns own?
3.Where does the Dalai Lama live?Why?
4.How does a Zen Buddhist meditate?
5.Where do Buddhists pay their respects to Buddha?
7.What is the Wesak and why/how is it celebrated?
I know it looks like a lot,but honest to God,I did a lot of it and I could use some help.Any information would be appreciated.Thank you!

3 COMMENTS

  1. The second one of your questions you are right. That is what the teacher is asking. I don’t know the reasons though.
    Where does the Dalai lama live? Traditionally it had been Lhasa Tibet, but the Chinese took over Tibet, and the Dalai Lama now lives as an exile.
    Where do Buddhists pay their respects to Buddha? As far as I know there are 4 “sacred sites” associated with Buddhism. Most I think are in India, and Nepal. However, Buddhists can pay respect at any temple.
    I don’t know much, but I hope it helps.

  2. -How do Buddhists think differently about Samsara?
    May be your techer want you to find out what is the different of samsara concepts in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism etc. The clue maybe lies in : what is the end of circle of birth and death in hinduism & jainism: “moksha” compare to buddhism’s “nirvana”; the concept of hinduism’s “Soul” compare to buddhism :”viññāna”/consciousness that mark a beginning of each life –> Hinduism believe that there is a transfer of conscience or one’s soul to the new life while Buddhism believe in re-birth (They bear many similarities with their former selves but they are not the same person). Buddhism also have the 6 realms concept whereby sentient beings can go to through this cycle of Samsara, while other maintain that plants and even more obviously rocks are included in samsara. Buddhism also believe that nirvana can be achieved whilst still one is still alive.
    6.Why did some things change to Buddhism? (why did it break into different categories after Buddha’s death?)
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/budd_mah.htm
    7.What eight things do Buddhist monks and nuns own?
    three robes, an alms bowl, a razor, needle and thread, belt, and a strainer to purify drinking water.
    3.Where does the Dalai Lama live?Why?
    The Tibetan settlement of Dharamshala began in 1959, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to flee Tibet and the Prime Minister of India allowed him and his followers to settle in McLeodGanj (in Upper Dharmshala), a former colonial British summer picnic spot. There they established the “government-in-exile” in 1960.
    http://www.dalailama.com/biography/a-brief-biography
    4.How does a Zen Buddhist meditate?
    http://www.mro.org/zmm/teachings/meditation.php
    5.Where do Buddhists pay their respects to Buddha?
    They pay their respects to Buddha in their shrine room at their home or in the temples.
    7.What is the Wesak and why/how is it celebrated?
    it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on the one day. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar but falls in the first full moon day, around April or May. I think the explanation in wikipedia is more than enough: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves%C4%81kha

  3. Buddhists differ in the methods they use to become enlightened and leave Samsara (the cycle of suffering, life and death). This depends on their tradition, be it Mahayana or Theravada, etc.
    As Buddhism spread, Buddhist leaders from different countries interpreted the Buddhas teachings differently and different traditions emerged.
    The best way to meditate is to go to a quiet place, sit and focus on your breath. The Dalai Lama prefers to meditate at Dawn, Buddhists burn incense and say prayers, mantras and ring bells to help their mediations too. Often meditations are guided by an experienced instructor.
    The Dalai Lama today lives in Dharamsala, North India. He lives in exile, his home country and domain is Tibet.
    To meditate, Buddhists sit and quietly contemplate many things, such as: their breath, mantras, Buddhist teachings, mandalas, images of Buddha, emptiness, etc.
    Buddhists pay respect to Buddha by taking daily refuge in the triple-gem, and by praying and making offerings at Buddhist shrines.
    Wesak is celebrated on the day of the full moon in May, as Buddhas birthday, and represents his enlightenment and death as well to many Buddhists. The festival is celebrated with much colour, homes tend to be cleaned and decorated. In Thailand, Wesak lanterns are made of paper and wood, and often there a large ceremonial releases of caged birds.
    I hope this helps you.
    Namaste.

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