Buddhism Religion or Philosophy
To start off this blog I thought I would give an opinion on this article, I found it fascinating that someone would make this in comparing Buddhism as a religion and more point it in the view as a philosophy. To begin my analysis of this article, I thought it brought up an interesting point targeting Buddhism that I bet most people have never thought about before. It discusses how you could view the Buddhist religion to more of a philosophy than an actual religion. Now, I can see why Buddhism can be more pointed towards the form of a philosophy than a religion, this reasoning is it has two aspects: One is the teaching, and the other is the understanding or practice. The term dharma is used to describe Buddhism; ironically enough dharma’s foundations have two foundations, teaching and understanding or practice and dharma is a philosophical term. Part of being a religion means that it has to have a culture background; Buddhism itself does not really have a culture. That is why base should be set within an individuals, Buddhism is an individual set of ideas, where as in a religion it is more of a group perspective on life and the meanings behind it. After looking at all these points that I read, I couldn’t help but start to question if Buddhism should be kept as a religion, or be moved into a philosophy category. The reasoning behind this is that in Buddhism you can dress any way you like, your nationality doesn’t matter, but when you look at a religion like Muslim they have a set nationality, as well in the religion they have guide lines on what you should be wearing, marriage rules, etc. Now, we can relate this to what we have learnt in class because of the repression of Buddhism over the years that it has been called a religion. Once I looked at all the notes I can now see why the years of Buddhism has a religion has been prosecuted for not being known as a religion and changed to a philosophy. So to conclude this blog I will leave it here, and let you all question whether Buddhism should be left as a religion or it should be changed to a philosophy.