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Religion and Theology
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Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Buddhism As a religion, Buddhism is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, and consists of numerous beliefs, traditions and practices, which are primarily based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, also referred to as the awakened one or Buddha.
Since its inception, Buddhism has influenced a wide array of cultures, beliefs, attitudes and practices. This influence is evidence across the entire globe, even in some of the other predominant religious of the world, which share distinct parallels with Buddhism. Buddhist philosophy has also influenced the philosophy of different religions globally. The purpose of this paper is to provide evidence of Buddhist influence, describing the influence of Buddhism specifically on creative arts, particularly in China. Buddha created a religion that has since changed many societies. By the year 300BC Buddhism had gained immense political influence. Buddhism spread towards the east, forever changing Korea, Japan and China. At the core of Buddhist influence was the wise explanation of the human condition, offering consolation that other religions did not provide. Buddhism introduced the culture of compassion into societies in which survival was formerly contingent on social status and where poverty was quite abundant. The new religion not only impacted the social environment of the societies, but also changed their political constellations. ...
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