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Discussion of the Chinese religion of Buddhism.

Can you help me start this assignment for my presentation on the Chinese religion as my topic?

Origins and Historical Development
Aspects of the Divine
Sacred Texts
Sacred Persons
Ethical Principles
Sacred Space
Sacred Time
Death and the Afterlife

The other points will be as follows:
Handout for the class
Use of time allotted

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? Please provide handout for the instructor and students in the class to help them interact with the material you are presenting.
? Please use some sort of visual aid. Pictures may be helpful, depending on the religion, and perhaps a short film clip will help. Please do not take up great amounts of time of your presentation on films that are not really strongly tied to your presentation.
? In a PowerPoint presentation or handout, please be sure to cite your sources

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China is a land of millions of people who follow various faiths, I chose to discuss Buddhism. Chinese people also follow the philosopher Confucius, and there are followers in China of all of the world's other mainline religions.

Origins and Historical Development: Buddhism is based upon the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (562-460 B.C.), it has approximately 376 million followers and is considered the world's fourth largest religion. It was founded in northern India. Retrieved from http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm.

Aspects of the Divine: If the definition of religion includes the concept of a deity, or a supreme being, Buddhism would not qualify. Webster's New World Dictionary (3rd College ed.) defines religion as" any specific system of belief or worship, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy." That definition does not include Buddhism as a religion, either, as it involves no worship. However, it does share a system of beliefs, or thought that is considered to be the highest form of truth, and does involve its followers in moral codes, practices, values, traditions and rituals. Buddhism does offer an explanation of the origin of human existence, a defined morality, and specific behaviors and rituals, leading towards a transformational personal goal, a desire to improve oneself and one's situation in life using a distinct moral code. It does not, however, recognize a supernatural being with whom humans can interact.

There are countries which recognize Buddhism as their official religion, but China is not one of those countries. Kerry Trembath, former secretary of the Buddhist Council of New South Wales, stated: "at its core Buddhism is a non-theistic religion and, unlike other world religions, Buddhism is not a doctrine of revelation. The Buddha did not claim to be the bearer of a message from on high. He made it clear that what he taught he had discovered for himself through his own efforts." He is revered as a special human, not as a god, and he invites his followers to test for themselves whether the method of living and being that he taught was/is an effective one. Retrieved from http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism8.htm.

Sacred Texts: Fundamental Buddhism is based on the Pali Canon, the oldest surviving written record of what the Buddha actually said and taught. See: http://www.fundamentalbuddhism.com. Retrieved from http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism3.htm.

Sacred Persons: Siddhartha Gautama (562-460 B.C.)

Ethical Practices: These copied and pasted excerpts are referenced from the following three authors from the following web page: http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism1.htm.
1. Guy Newland, Untitled essay at: http://www.chsbs.cmich.edu/
2. Bhikkhu Bodhi, "The Noble Eightfold Path. The Way to the End of Suffering," Buddhist Information, at: http://www.buddhistinformation.com/
3. Thomas Knierim, "The Precepts" at: http://www.thebigview.com/
The Three Trainings or Practices:
Sila: Virtue, good conduct, morality. This is based on two fundamental principles: The principle of equality: that all living entities are equal. The principle of reciprocity: This is the "Golden Rule" in ...

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A discussion of the primary tenants of the Buddhist religion/faith/system of thought. References, handout material, presentation web site.