By Benjamin J. Hubbard, John T. Hatfield, James A. Santucci

ISBN-10: 1591584094

ISBN-13: 9781591584094

Today, with all the controversies surrounding faith within the faculties and within the public sphere, it will look extra vital than ever that lecturers and librarians have a brief resource of updated, right, impartial info to provide to consumers and scholars. The authors of this ebook (all are or were professors of faith at quite a few popular universities) supply simply that. The ebook is prepared to hide so much all the recognized (and little identified) religions in America.

Today, with the entire controversies surrounding faith within the faculties and within the public sphere, it's going to look extra very important than ever that academics and librarians have a short resource of up to date, right, impartial info to provide to buyers and scholars. The authors of this publication (all are or were professors of faith at a number of good- identified universities) supply simply that. The ebook is prepared to hide lots of the identified (and little-known) religions in the USA. each one part comprises: Origins, ideals, Sacred Book/Scriptures, Practices, major Subgroups, universal Misunderstandings and Stereotypes, school room matters, inhabitants information, and additional Readings. even though there are numerous publications to religions, this ebook has the original benefit of taking a look at each one faith because it may possibly impact the school room and different scholar teams and activities.

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The ceremony of reaching maturity is rarely celebrated today. When performed, the young adult is served chicken at a gathering celebrating the event. The marriage customs involve the proposal, the engagement, the dowry (which is carried to the groom’s home in a procession), the giving of gifts to the bride (generally equal to the dowry), the visit of the groom to the bride’s home, the groom taking the bride to his home, the marriage and reception, and the bride’s serving breakfast to the groom’s parents the morning after the marriage.

C. All beings have the potential to become Buddhas. This reflected the basic Buddhist teaching that the Buddha was a Bodhisattva prior to his enlightenment at age thirty-five. In the Theravada tradition, however, only one Buddha is recognized in this present world age—Gautama—and only one present Bodhisattva currently exists, Maitreya. He is expected 12 BUDDHISM to emerge many thousands or even millions of years from now as a Buddha. Contrary to this view is the Mahayanist view that Buddhahood is open to all because all beings possess Buddha Nature.

Quoted from A. K. , The Anguttara-Nikaya, vol. 1. Rev. Richard Morris, ed. London: Luzac for the Pali Text Society, 1961. 2. The term Hinayana (Lesser Vehicle) is considered a derogatory term by those within this tradition. Therefore, Theravada is used here. 3. The expression is taken from Marylin M. Rhie and Robert A. F. Thurman, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Act of Tibet. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991, p. 15. 4. Ibid. 5. An offshoot of the Nichiren Buddhist tradition is Soka Gakkai, an organization founded in 1930 by Makiguchi Tsunesaburo (1871–1944) and now known as the Soka Gakkai International.

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