Essay on Confucianism vs. Buddhism

1607 Words Feb 7th, 2011 7 Pages
Confucianism vs. Buddhism
By Robert Truckle In this essay, two world religions will be compared to see how similar and/or how different they are; these two religions are Confucianism and Buddhism. Confucianism speaks about the wise thoughts that Confucius came across throughout his life. Buddhism speaks about how to acquire great knowledge throughout life. Confucianism was founded by a Chinese man, but Buddhism was founded by an Indian man. These quick comparisons show how the religions differ, but more detailed comparisons will be seen throughout the essay. The origins and founders of these two religions are quite similar, which will be explained in this paragraph. Confucianism was founded by a man named Confucius; which is how the
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The begging-bowl symbolizes Buddha entering the final steps of enlightenment because it is said that a woman offered him a bowl of milk rice while he was practicing austerity but accepted the bowl because he needed the energy to enter the final steps.
The Buddha’s Eyes – especially on stupas – face in all four directions and symbolizes the omniscient mind of the Buddha.
Through showing all the main symbols in each religion, you can see that Buddhism has man more symbols and their symbols mean more than a word or phrase in Chinese. The sacred writings differ between Buddhism and Confucianism. In Confucianism the writings are mainly Confucius’ teachings but Buddhism’s writings are mainly written by followers explaining how Buddha lived. Confucianism’s scared writings are mainly written by Confucius himself and are about his teachings to his followers although some are written by followers. Buddhism’s sacred writings are written mostly by his followers and were written and were written so that people could read about Buddha and how he lived his life. Confucianism has two main books for sacred writings the Si Shu (Four Books) and the Wu Jing (Five Classics). The Si Shu is broken down into 4 books which cover: Confucius’ analects, Doctrine of the Mean, Great Learning and the writings of a man similar to Confucius named Meng Tzu. The Wu Jing is broken down into 5 parts which cover: Classic of History, Classic of Odes, Classic of Changes,