The Lives Of Confucius And Guatama Siddhartha — страница 4

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Deliberate Traditions helped form a lot of how a person would act and how a person would live. The Deliberate Tradition gives the basics of Confucianism. Similarly, Buddhism has the Eightfold Path. This list is what a follower of the Buddihist religion should abide by. This includes: Right Views, Right Aspirations, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Kindness, and lastly Right Rapture. The Eightfold Path describes how a person should perform their everyday tasks. Both Confucianism and Buddhism followers use these lists to help them live from day to day. These list in each religion are respected and followed by greatly. There are also many differences between the two religions. One major and noticeable difference is Confucius was brought up much

differently than Buddha. Guatama Siddhartha was brought up in a wealthy environment. He was given more than enough and was not expected any less than the best. For example, the prince had different houses for different seasons. There was always a cover over his head to protect him and there was always servants waiting for him. As for Confucius he had a much different lifestyle. He had to work at an early age only for the fact that his father had died. He worked hard and brought his standard up instead of staying at the same lower class that he was born into. At times he would hardly have enough to eat. But he always worked hard and it paid off for him. This is just one example of how two great philosophers that were brought up so differently impacted society so great. Another

example of how different these two great philosophers were was in how their views emerged and how they came up with answers to their questions. Confucius always had answers to questions that were asked to him. He was well educated and he was very logical. His answers to questions made sense to everyone and soon everyone understood that what he was saying was correct. As for Buddha he had to gain his education through his wanderings. He was very wealthy and there was really no need for him to become educated. But soon realizing that he was not happy as a rich man he left and went into his sojourns. He thought that maybe if he starved himself then he would be able to receive Enlightenment. But this did not work for him. Finally while underneath a pipal tree Buddha attained

Enlightenment. This is where he gained his knowledge to help others and to set the standards of Buddhism. Therefore, the way in which each philosophers views emerged were different each still came to conclusions on life and how a human can become satisfied with ones life. One last difference between Confucianism and Buddhism is that Buddhism has a final goal, Nirvana. Nirvana is one reaches an ultimate state where everything in ones life is perfect. On the contrary, Confucianism is a philosophy that gives only rules and proverbs to follow. These rules do not have a goal to strive for in the end. These proverbs just try and guide a person through life and help that person achieve a satisfactory life for oneself. In conclusion, Confucius and Buddha had totally different life’s.

How they were raised by family and how their life was overall in comparison to each other was totally different. Guatama Siddhartha was born into a very wealthy family while Confucius had to work hard for every thing he earned. In addition, the way in which the conclusions that they came to about life were totally different. Confucius was knowledgeable and was able to answers others questions about life while Buddha had to attain Enlightenment. These two major philosophers have/had a major impact on society. Even though these religions are very different they are also very the same. They wanted to help society and help the individuals in the society. They were two very smart individuals that have affected the world when they were alive and will affect anyone who follows their

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