Research Papers on Eastern Religions

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  • Kama Sutra and Modernity

    Modern society is obsessed with sex. Any glance at the television screen, tabloids, or even traditional news outlets informs of a world that cannot get enough of the dirty details of a star’s sexual affairs or even those of a Prince and Princess or a President of a country. Today, movie stars and celebrities are considered automatic ambassadors for a country, making the sexploits of these national figures even more riveting to most people than serious global issues. In fact, there is no taboo sexual subject. This makes it difficult for a religious text such as the Kama Sutra to be held up as a religious document and retain the proper respect it is due. 4 works cited. jvkamasu.rtf

  • Spiritual and Non Spiritual Separation and Bhagavad Gita

    A 5 page discussion of the “Bhagavad Gita”, a component of the Mahabharata, the sacred text of the Hindu religion. A Sanskrit poem, this document is interesting from a number of regards, not the least of which is the manner in which it defines the relationship between ritual and the ultimate destination of the soul. This paper addresses the separation of the spiritual world from the non-spiritual and the question of whether or not the respectful behavior of one individual can compensate for the disrespectful behavior of another. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • A Review of the Eighteenth Century Play The Love Suicides At Sonezaki

    A 4 page discussion of the early eighteenth century play by Japanese dramatist Chikamatsu Monzaemon. This paper discusses the sexual and religious intonations of the play and discusses it from Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Roman Catholic, and modern American perspectives. No additional sources are listed.

  • Common Themes in Jung's Theories and Buddhism

    A 10 page overview of Buddhist principals and how those principals relate to the psychoanalytical philosophies of Carl Jung, one of the most notable psychoanalysts of all time. This paper emphasizes that while Buddhist practices vary according to culture, geography, and time, there are several underlying principals which do not vary. Jung’s fascination with the religion lie in its tendency to question. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • History Of Religious Orders and Monasticism

    A 7 page paper that begins by explaining the origin or the word monasticism and the types of lifestyles that may be adopted as a monk. The connection between monasticism and asceticism is explained. The writer then traces the history of the practice of monasticism before and after Christ and identifies the first Christian monastic orders that were founded. The differences between Eastern monastics and Western monastics are described. It was in the 6th century that the monastic way of life grew so much with the founding of the Franciscans and the Dominicans. The founding of more religious orders, including the Jesuits, was re-emphasized during the Reformation. The challenges to monasticism are discussed. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Buddhism History Examined

    This 3 page paper provides a short history of buddhism. How it had emerged and the transitions it made are included. Various countries are named and some information about the practice is relayed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Importance of Religious Stories

    An 8 page paper. The writer discusses the purpose of the stories and illustrates with an overview of some stories and the lessons one can learn in terms of living the life of a Buddhist. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Bible, Koran, And Divine Comedy

    A 5 page paper. Each work is discussed separately in terms of their contribution to modern society. The influence and impact of the Bible itself can be found across life from culture to law to literature and so on. The contribution of the Koran itself is more difficult to determine although many individual Muslims contributed significantly to areas like medicine, math and architecture. Dante's Divine Comedy greatly influenced several different areas of life. The writer comments on which book contributed the most and why. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Everyday Living and Zen Buddhism

    This 12 page paper considers the background development of Zen Buddhism, its spread in the modern world, and the key concepts as they relate to daily living. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Bible and Bhagavad Gita Compared

    A five page paper which looks at the similarities and differences between these two religious works, in terms of their structure and content, and considers which contains the more effective rules for living.

  • The Bible And The Koran

    A 15 page paper. Following an introduction that discusses the importance of sacred texts to religions, each of the named sacred texts are discussed. The origin, functions and uses of the Bible and the Koran are explained along with any evidence that validates or invalidates the reliability of the texts. The writer discusses the importance of prophecy in the Bible and the laws in each the Bible and the Koran. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam Sacred Texts

    A 5 page contention that although texts which are considered sacred are found among the world’s more established religions, they are sometimes regarded differently according to the religion and the time period. For Christians, of course, the sacred text is the Holy Bible. For Islam, it is the Quran and for Hinduism it is the Bhagavad Gita. Each of these religious groups view these texts with great reverence but there is some variation in the way that they are regarded. This variation is a reflection of the differences in the religion’s ideology itself as well as the different evolutionary stages of each religion. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Jesus' Attitude Toward Women Versus Paul's Attitude

    This 11 page paper explores how Jesus and Paul each viewed and treated women. There has long been a controversy about some remarks attributed to Paul in two specific letters he wrote. The remarks are the most negative comments about women that can be found in the Bible. Thus, Paul has the reputation of disliking or devaluing women. But, is this the truth? The writer uses Biblical text and expert theological opinions to discuss how each perceived women and their role and how each treated women. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Second Edition of God and Reason An Invitation to Philosophical Theology by Ed L. Miller's Chapter Six 'Religious Experience' Summarized

    A 4 page summary of Chapter 6 of Ed. L. Miller’s “God and Reason: An invitation to Philosophical Theology,” 2nd edition. The chapter discusses and defines religious experience, relating it to all of the world’s leading religions. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Anicca, Paticca-Samutpada, and Annata Buddhism

    A 5 page discussion of these three concepts of Buddhism. The author defines each of these concepts yet emphasizes that they cannot be understood outside the teachings of Buddhism as a whole. No one element of the Buddhist theology, in fact, can be considered apart from the whole because the interrelationship between each of the components is so great. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Bhagavad Gita and Concepts of Good and Evil

    A 5 page research paper on the ancient religious text, the Bhagavad Gita. The writer argues that Western theology tends to see the world in terms of being strictly good or strictly evil, and that today the Western world is slowly catching up to the theological stance that was worked out in Eastern philosophy somewhere between the fifth and fourth century B.C. and expressed in the religious text the Bhagavad Gita. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Age of Aquarius, Ancient Worlds and Worship

    A 5 page paper that posits the thesis that religion exists within a cycle of change and that the new millennium may mark the shift of beliefs back to ancient traditions, moving from a male-dominated theology back to a female-dominated 'thealogy'. Included are an examination of the religions and societies of both ancient Israel and the ancient Near East along with a comparison of both with contemporary religion and society. Also discussed is the nature of psalms and songs and their place in the daily lives and worship practices of ancient Israel. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

 

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