Buddhism And The Six Point Att

In explaining Buddhism, one must first understand Hinduism from which Buddhism grew. Buddhism is a reaction against Hinduism as protestant is against Catholicism. According to The World’s Religions by Houston Smith, there are six aspects of religion that appear so often that a suggestion can be implied that they are “seeds” that make up humanity. In constructing this paper, first I will outline and explain these six aspects. Then I will attempt to explain why Buddha found them to be obstacles for spiritual development, and why Hinduism and Christianity endorse the importance of these six elements.
The word authority as it pertains to the six elements of religion does ...

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“monopolistic” hold of the Hindu Brahmins on religious teaching by making the faith accessible to the average person taking away the secrecy of the Brahmins.
Buddha said, “there is no such thing as closed-fistedness in the Buddha”. (The Worlds Religions pg. 94)
In other words the religious leadership did not hold all control on spiritual enlightenment. This first attack on authority was directed at an institution of Hinduism, most directly at the Brahmin caste. The second front was pointed toward individual people. The majority of the people relied on Brahmins to tell them what to do. Buddha challenged each person to seek his or her own religion. In comparison, true Christianity advocates authority in worship and in deed. For example,
“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. ...

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of ritual, while Hinduism is filled with superstition and, rites, to powerless gods. Buddha preached against these practices. He said,
“Belief in the efficacy of rites and ceremonies was one of the ten fetters that bind the human spirit.” (The Worlds Religions pg. 65)

While Christianity in many of its current forms and denominations seem to be shrouded in ritualism, true Christianity actually disdains ritualism. The early Christians left the written rituals and sacrifices of their temples and lifted them into spiritual application. Instead of a written ritual like sacrifice, they accepted the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and daily laid down their lives as ...

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