Existentialism vs Buddhism

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Existentialism vs Buddhism

  1. 1. Does Existentialism Agree With Buddhism? By: Pete Somkul and Buen Nakajud
  2. 2. What is…. <ul><li>What is…… </li></ul><ul><li>Existentialism??? </li></ul><ul><li>“ A philosophical approach to understanding human existence and experiences. It is based on the assumption that individuals are free and responsible for their own choices and actions.” </li></ul><ul><li>- www.about.com </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhism??? </li></ul><ul><li>“ A path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of life.” </li></ul><ul><li>- www.fwbo.org </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT ABOUT AGREE??? <ul><li>- To have the same opinion about something. </li></ul><ul><li>- To express willingness to comply with. </li></ul><ul><li>To be consistent with. </li></ul><ul><li>www.askoxford.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. Existentialism Components VS Buddhism Teachings
  5. 5. Components of Existentialism <ul><li>Human nature is chosen through life choices. </li></ul><ul><li>One is best when struggling against individual nature, fighting for life. </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions are not without stress and consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>There are things that are not balanced </li></ul><ul><li>Personal responsibility and discipline is vital. </li></ul><ul><li>Society is unnatural and its traditional religious and secular rules are illogical. </li></ul><ul><li>Worldly desire is pointless. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path <ul><li>1. Right View – we should see the world with wisdom. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Right Thought – we are what we think. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Right Speech – we can earn others’ respect by verbal. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Right Conduct – we should first see what we do before criticize others. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Right Livelihood – we should live by not harming others. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Right Effort – we should do best at all times, having good will toward others. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Right Mindfulness – we should be aware of thoughts, words, and deeds. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Right Concentration – we should focus on one thought or object at a time. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Buddhist’s Three Universal Truths <ul><li>Nothing is lost in the universe: </li></ul><ul><li>We are the same as everything. If we destroy something around us, we destroy ourselves. If we cheat another, we cheat ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Everything changes: </li></ul><ul><li>Everything continuously changing. People once believed that the world was flat, but now we know that it is round. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Law of cause and effect: </li></ul><ul><li>We are the way we are now due to the things we have done in the past. Our thoughts and actions determine the kind of life we can have. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Questions <ul><li>1. Can Meursalt be referred as an Existentialist from his thoughts and actions? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Does Buddhist’s Law of cause and effect have any influence on Meursalt’s life? </li></ul><ul><li>3. “Everything changes”, can this be use with Meursalt? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>PRO </li></ul>
  10. 10. Existentialism Agrees With Buddhism <ul><li>Both of them create values in life. </li></ul><ul><li>They stated that we are completely responsible for our actions and our own lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Sufferings is inevitable for everyone in the world from ways of perceiving the world. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no permanent self to be found within the body-mind continuum. </li></ul><ul><li>They believed in the human condition of “nothingness”. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>CONS </li></ul>
  12. 12. Existentialism Does Not Agree With Buddhism <ul><li>Existentialist stated that there is no better world, but the Buddhist believed in Good or Evil. </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhist believed there are absolute meanings in life, while Existentialist define own meanings. </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhist noted there is reincarnation and eternal changing essence, while Existentialist believed in one life with permanent essence created at the moment of death. </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhist believed in the state of no-essence called “Nirvana”, while Existentialist believed that we can not escape from acquiring essence. </li></ul>
  13. 13. THANK YOU

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