The Pali Canon and The Theravada Buddhism

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The Pali Canon is a collection of texts central to the teachings of Theravada Buddhism. The Pali Canon addresses the rules of conduct and regulations within the monastic order of Buddhism, the discourses spoken by the Buddha and his disciples, and scholastic interpretation of the teachings of the Buddha (Fronsdal 2005). We will first focus on the discourses spoken by the Buddha to further our understanding of the Buddhist religion. [Buddha:] “What do you think monks: Is form permanent or impermanent?” “Impermanent sir.” “And is the impermanent suffering or happiness?” “Suffering sir.” “And with respect to what is impermanent, suffering, naturally unstable, is it proper to perceive it in this way: “This is mine; I am this; this …show more content…
The Zen sect of Buddhism is prominent in Japan and can be seen as a convergence of Taoism and Buddhism. It's main influence is said to be found in the Buddha's flower sermon, where instead of speaking, he held up a golden lotus flower. This sermon is key to understanding Zen Buddhism because it's followers use koans to reach clear minds and insight. The Zen Buddhist's try to clear their minds of concepts much like the lotus flower cleans itself of dirt. Koans can be described as questions that have no clear answer, and cause the mind to be agitated to a point where one abandons logic. This will eventually lead the mind to let go of its concepts so that one can experience the world with a clarity. Vajrayana is a sect of Buddhism that is primarily found in Tibet and is known for it's use of tantras. The Vajrayana's believe that the use of sounds, sights, and movement can help empower an individual during meditation, and believe that pleasures can be sought after you have a pure mind. They use mantras to during meditation and try to envision deities in order to enhance their spiritual power (Smith 1994). Overall, we find that the Vajrayana and Zen Buddhist's are mystical sects, and concentrate on experiences rather than scriptures to reach enlightenment.
Modern Convergence of Belief The Buddha preached that change was inevitable and that everything is impermanent. This idea is relevant when
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