New PDF release: An Educator's Classroom Guide to America's Religious Beliefs

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 colleges and within the public sphere, it will appear extra vital than ever that academics and librarians have a short resource of updated, right, independent info to offer to consumers and scholars. The authors of this ebook (all are or were professors of faith at a number of popular universities) provide simply that. The publication is prepared to hide such a lot the entire recognized (and little identified) religions in America.

Today, with all the controversies surrounding faith within the faculties and within the public sphere, it will look extra very important than ever that lecturers and librarians have a brief resource of up to date, right, impartial info to offer to consumers and scholars. The authors of this ebook (all are or were professors of faith at numerous good- recognized universities) supply simply that. The booklet is prepared to hide many of the recognized (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 issues, inhabitants info, and extra Readings. notwithstanding there are numerous courses to religions, this ebook has the original good thing about taking a look at every one faith because it may perhaps have an effect on the school room and different scholar teams and activities.

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For instance, not all Buddhists meditate (some schools do not advocate it); not all Buddhists are vegetarians (this is especially true of Japanese Buddhists); not all Buddhist monks and nuns are celibate; and not all Buddhists hold to the teaching of nonviolence. Population Data 13 Furthermore, there is no general ethical system or rigid ethical code for Buddhists except perhaps for the Five Precepts (not to kill, steal, or lie; not to abuse speech or sex). Opinions about the rightness or wrongness of a specific action will often depend on one’s national background or specific circumstances.

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. Originally an independent organization that became affiliated with the Nichiren Notes 15 Shoshu through its founder, it has reverted to being independent in 1991. An aggressive recruiter, Soka Gakkai has attained a modest following among young professionals in the United States and Great Britain. 6. All other schools belonging to the Individual Vehicle, of which the traditional number was established to be eighteen (including the Theravada) as early as three hundred years after the death of the Buddha, have long since disappeared.

Budai (Hemp Bag, Glutton) was known for his hemp bag containing all sorts of oddities that was the continual object of curiosity, especially of children. In Chan, or Zen, Buddhism, he represents a class of individuals who pose as religious eccentrics. Classroom Concerns Because of the general ignorance about Buddhist teaching and practice in the United States, some students might view it as a cult. It is important to explain its key ideas and its moral code as worthy of careful study and discussion.

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