Buddhism Compared To The Hippies Of Counterculture Movement

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During this first week, we were given a brief introduction into Buddhism: the beliefs, the origin, and the life of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. We first learned about the impact that society and the caste system in India had on the practice of asceticism, which ideals would later be adapted into the Buddhist belief. The caste system is a social hierarchy or a way of separating people in terms of the social/economical class in which they were born. During lecture these ascetics were compared to the “hippies” of counterculture movement or like the hipsters of today’s era, people who go against the grain or societal norms to fulfill some type of personal development/enlightenment/pleasure. The main difference between the traditional ascetics

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