Theravada Buddhism And The Human Condition Essay

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Theravada Buddhism is known to be the “a representative school of the earliest of the branches of Buddhism”, as it is also known as “Hinayana or the small vehicle” (Young). Founded by Buddha, this branch of religion is extremely similar to Hinduism in the fact that it seeks to help people reach a state of liberation from the cycle of Earthly rebirth, but one major difference is that Buddhism “emerged from the Buddha 's honest and penetrating assessment of the human condition” instead of focusing on the connection we as individuals have with our perceived ultimacy or higher, all powerful being like many other religions do (Bullitt). Even though the teachings of Buddha consist of several aspects from The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, to everything in the world around is impermanent, three of the most important teachings would include: The concept of anatta, Buddha’s teaching that one must work out their own liberation in which he stated on his deathbed, and The First Noble Truth Dukkha. Despite its grotesque nature and imagery, James McTeigue’s famous 2006 film, V for Vendetta, illustrates not only the importance of these Buddhist concepts but that enlightenment is always possible no matter how dark one’s reality might be. Placed in the futuristic setting of Great Britain in which the dictator High Chancellor Adam Sutler rules with an iron fist, the film’s main protagonist V teams up with Evey Hammond in order to battle and overthrow the tyrannical regime they have
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