Essay on A Piece By Susan M. A Brief

835 Words Mar 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Buddhism is one of the most followed religions in the world. Originating in Northern Indian and Nepal during the 6th century BCE, Buddhism preaches the lessons and teachings of Buddha- “the awakened one”, or Siddhartha Gautama. Its main goal for its followers is to end suffering and achieve nirvana, the ultimate happiness. In a piece by Susan M. Darlington, she discusses that Buddhists have many other goals that they express through symbolic, ecological concepts such as tree ordination in order to maintain the relevance of religion, help create a spiritual commitment among their people, as well as show how the earth is just as valuable as human life is. In Darlington’s article, she addresses the Buddhism importance of a consistent relation with religion through symbolic concepts of tree ordination. In the piece, she says, “Buddha images has become more frequent promoting human responsibility toward the natural
(and inherently social) environment. They stress an interpretation of the religion that emphasizes the Buddha 's connection with nature and the interdependence of all things” (Darlington, 1998) which supports her idea that Buddhists use things such as the environment to tie back into religion so followers can see religion in action in the real world. By saying this, Darlington suggests that Buddhists don’t look at the earth as just dirt and rocks, but rather as signs that Buddha is everywhere, enlightening the world and making it sacred not only to himself, but to…

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