Research Papers on Eastern Religions

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  • Evaluating Two Buddhism Texts

    This 4 page paper reviews Conze 's Buddhist Scriptures and Rahula's What the Buddha Taught are each reviewed. The works are compared and contrasted. Various concepts are discussed, inclusive of the relevance of the soul. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Religions of the World

    This 200 page paper is a dissertation on the world religions, and promotes a comparative view on the major religions. Bibliography lists 100 sources.

  • 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.

  • Women and Buddhism

    A 5 page discussion of the role of women in Buddhism. The author notes that women have historically been subjugated by the Buddhist religion but that this subjugation is related more to historical circumstance than to the teachings of Buddha himself. Bibliography lists 8 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.

  • Overview of the World's Major Religions

    A 5 page paper. There are more than 4,000 different faith groups in the world, 20 of which are typically identified as 'the major world religions.' This paper discusses the largest five plus Judaism. The names and purposes of the primary religious texts for each religion is identified. The literary techniques for teaching lessons are also identified. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • 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.

  • The Varied Viewpoints of Hinduism

    This 3 page paper discusses Hinduism and why it seems to encompass so many different religious viewpoints; whether or not these viewpoints have enough in common so that they can be grouped together in the Western category “Hinduism”; and whether Hinduism is a world religion or one belonging exclusively to Asia. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Hinduism: Overview

    A 4 page paper which examines elements of Hinduism. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Hinduism

    A 5 page paper which examines Hinduism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • What is Hinduism?

    A 9 page research paper that, first of all, addresses the question of "What is Hinduism?" with the writer offering history and description of this major world religion's major tenets and texts. Secondly, the writer address how "Hinduism" is an invented concept that was propagated by the British to explain Indian spirituality. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism and Diversity

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of this brand of buddhism and explores how the organization--NSA which later would split to become two distinct entities--promotes diversity. Despite problems in the organization, the buddhist teachings would continue. A history of the organization is included. Diversity is defined. A proposal for the paper is also included. Bibliography lists15 sources.

  • Sramana Tradition & Hinduism

    A 9 page research paper that examines Sramana traditions. Sramana traditions refer to an ideology of world renunciation that grew out of Hindu beliefs in the early history of India. This examination of Sramana traditions not only describes these traditions, but also investigates them within the context of their relationship to Hinduism. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Family Values and Confucianism

    A 10 page overview of the manner in which Confucianism has influenced family values. A person's commitment to their family supersedes any individualism that might exist. This forms the basis for Confucian proprietary rule. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Dalai Lama/The Universe in a Single Atom

    A 10 page book review on The Universe in a Single Atom, The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by his Holiness the Dalai Lama is a text that is not, precisely, about Buddhism, which the religion practiced by this great religious leader. Nevertheless, this text offers insight into the ways in which Tibetan Buddhism perceives the issues listed below. This text describes the Dalai Lama's perspectives on science and he often contrasts the scientific view of the world with the Buddhist view. The result is a fascinating view of the contemporary world and the implications of the latest scientific advancements. No additional sources cited.

  • World Religions : Buddhism

    This 11 page paper presents an introduction and overview of Buddhism, including basic beliefs and the types of Buddhism along with the names of their Scripture. The second part of the paper reports a summary of an interview with a practicing Buddhist and includes an example of some of the holidays they celebrate and challenges in practicing. The next section compares Buddhism to the Baptist religion and includes the basic beliefs of this religion. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • A Comparison of Five Religions

    A 7 page paper that responds to several questions: What is religion; how religion shapes identity; the influence of religion on culture; and a brief comparison of the first four religions with the Baptist religion. Incorporated into the paper is the definition of religion, some of the basic beliefs of each religion and if each is a religion according to the definition. Some of the symbols of each are reported. the writer also discusses how religion shapes identity. Bibliography lists 9 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.

  • Egyptian Religion and Ancient Hebrew Religion Compared

    This 3 page paper discusses the ancient Hebrew and Egyptian Religions. This paper references Stearns' "Documents in World History, Volume I, Great Traditions From Ancient Times to 1500". Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Historical Indian Epic Mahabharata

    This 5 page report discusses “Mahabharata,” the largest epic in the history of mankind. It describes events that took place in ancient bhaarata around 5000 BCE. The main event was the appearance of Lord Krishna - the 8th avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. The Mahabharata serves as both sacred text and a portal through which the modern world may consider the ancient realms of India. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Reincarnation and Past Life Regression

    A 3 page informative speech discussing past life regression and reincarnation, focusing on evidence supporting the notion of past lives. The bottom line is that close inspection of the reasons underlying individual reactions to fears, personal prejudices and other points that collectively define any specific individual can be beneficial in addressing personal issues in the here and now. Whether these individuals truly are relating the events of past lives cannot be absolutely verified or measured, but evidence suggesting their veracity is strong. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Reincarnation Beliefs/Hinduism and Buddhism

    A 4 page research paper that compares the many similarities between how Hindus and Buddhists conceptualize rebirth/reincarnation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Mattheissen: “The Snow Leopard”

    This 5 page paper argues that Peter Mattheissen’s book “The Snow Leopard” is as much about his journey of self-discovery as it is a story about his explorations of the Himalayas. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • 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.

  • History of Vipassana Meditation

    An 8 page paper exploring the method and history of Vipassana meditation, and then comparing it to other forms of Buddhism-linked meditation techniques. Sensation-based Vipassana therefore leads the meditator to the place where sensations – such as negativity – can be dealt with right away, having been recognized for what they are. Thus the Vipassana practitioner "sees things as they are," rather than as they appear. Seeing things for what they are enables the individual to make an active choice of whether to accept or reject the thoughts and sensations that enter his mind, thereby giving the Vipassana meditator control over his own mind. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Bhagavad Gita on War and Peace

    In six pages this paper examines why the writer agrees with the Bhagavad-Gita’s controversial stances on war and peace, explaining various concepts, and relating the text to contemporary conflicts. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Zen Koans and Pratityasamutpada Buddhism

    A 5 page research essay on the similar use of koans between the pratityasamutpada (ancient) and Zen forms of Buddhism. The writer provides a background for the similarity between the two forms of Buddhism, and discusses examples of the koans and the reasons behind them—the Middle Way. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Buddhism and Feminism

    A 6 page research paper on the emergence of Buddhist feminism and the quest for equality within the Buddhist religion. The paper gives a brief background of the Buddhist background of male domination and describes the struggle and achievement of Buddhist women within the last 15 years to attain equality. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Yoga in Buddhism and Hinduism

    An 8 page research paper on Yoga, -- an ancient Sanskrit word generally meaning 'union,' which refers to a method of gaining a certain profound release from the bondage of Karma and rebirth that has constituted the highest aim for most Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains for millenniums. Properties, practices, and forms of Yoga are discussed with relevance to the historical impact that this tradition has had-- focusing primarily upon its relevance to Hinduism. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Eastern Religions Vedanta and Yoga

    A 4 page paper that reflects a comparison between Yoga and Vedanta and their application in an understanding of Eastern religions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Confucianism and Taoism Comparison

    A 4 page paper that provides a comparison of Taoism and Confucianism and their applications for an understanding of modern Eastern culture. Bibliography lists 4 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.

  • Peace is Every Step by Hanh

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of this philosophical book. The premise that this work, which embraces Buddhism, is at odds with mainstream western religion is contemplated. The fact that this work is in fact bringing eastern religious practices to the western world is emphasized. No additional sources cited.

  • 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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