The Philosophy Of Buddhism And The Buddhist Ethics Course

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Final Reflection Paper Buddhism has been relevant to my life throughout my own cultural experiences and knowledge that I received from the Buddhist Ethics course taught by Dr. Geoffrey Barstow. The ideas and practices of Buddhism were not limited to my best knowledge and continuously expanded as I went over the introduction level of the course. The study of Buddhism opened to me various aspects that were beyond what I had known. The most standing out topic seemed to change my perspective in Buddhism was karma. The concept of karma is not simply to determine every single action that I have done in my lifetime, but it also makes me think critically what is right or wrong in many situations when I make an action or behavior to other people around me. Karma changes my thinking to help both myself and others to live effectively and meaningfully because that explains our purpose to exist on earth. The course allows me to compare my current assumptions about Buddhism to what I actually learn from Buddhism. In Asian Buddhism, monks encourage people to practice vegetarianism to have afterlives in heaven and discourage them to abandon eating meat because that leads people to hell for punishments. Conversely, the in-class discussion about karma opens to the aspect that the normal habit of eating meat has no consequences and the responsibility is on the person who actually conduct slaughter. I was born and raised in Vietnam, where my family was under the influence of Asian Buddhist
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