Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Modernity in Buddhism and in Islam

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_1049

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 Allah;  Buddha

Modern Appeal of Buddhism


Amid the growing trend of secularization throughout the world, the appeal of Buddhism continues to increase. Buddhism, one of the oldest existing religions, continues to attract practitioners, not only in traditionally Buddhism territories, such as China and Japan, but also in the Western world. Important to this modern appeal, Buddhism gives the follower a complete and total way-of-being in the world that is directed toward the maximization of the individual’s spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Even the lay Buddhist adherent attempts to implement Buddhist thought and meditation in every act of living, thus allowing the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path to guide his or her life.

The Eight fold Pathis developed by Siddhartha Gautama, and it is the way toward the liberation of the individual from his attachments and delusions. The ultimate goal is the cessation of suffering. They are broken up into...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Olivet CollegeOlivetUSA