The Lives Of Confucius And Guatama Siddhartha Essay

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The Lives of Confucius and Guatama Siddhartha

The Life Of Confucius

     Throughout the time span that man has lived on earth, there have been many religions in existence. Two very important and influencing religions that have been around for over two thousand years are Confucianism and Buddhism. The founders of these two religions, Confucius and Buddha, respectively, lived different lives and had different thoughts. Although this made two totally different religions, they both had one common goal. That common goal was to assist the human population and improve their lifestyle.
     Confucius was a sage in China and also it's greatest philosopher. He was one of the most
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He was a great teacher, well known and respected. He was able to get his disciples responsible positions in the Chinese government and also able to get them jobs as teachers. He knew many and the favors that he asked for were granted by others.
     Confucius believed that “knowledge meant wisdom”, (Encyclopedia
Americana, v. 7; 540). He thought that this in turn would help him become more educated and not only to help himself but to also help the country. He was a reformer and preached for good government. He believed in such idea like “ avoidance of needless wars, decrease in taxes, and mitigation of severe punishment”. (Encyclopedia Americana, v. 7; 540) He finally received that opportunity in the state of Lu. The state of Lu, where Confucius was born, was in turmoil. There were three major families fighting. Each one fighting against each other just to see who could become more powerful. One of these families, the emperor of Mang He, allowed Confucius to come to his capital.
Mang He wanted Confucius to teach his son the teachings and allow him to become a disciple.
     This enabled Confucius to learn a great deal about past empires and past emperors. He was able to obtain resources that only officials had access to.
It also allowed him to collect materials and information for works that he would
produce

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