I chose to use New York Times because it is known to be a reliable news source. This article was written by Robert Wright, who is a professor of science and religion; since this article is about the Buddhism, he would therefore have reliable information.

He also wrote a book called “Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment”, showing he clearly has extensive knowledge about Buddhism. Lastly, there are no articles written by the New York Times, so based on all this information, this is a reliable source of evidence.     Buddhism is a prominent religion in places such as India and China. A typical day of a Buddhist consists of mainly meditation and Buddhists are very centered around ending suffering. There are two types of buddhism: Theravada Buddhists who view the Buddha as a teacher and Mahayana Buddhists who view the Buddha as a god. The main goal in life as a Buddhist is to be reincarnated until Nirvana is reached: enlightenment and being one with the universe. In order to reach Nirvana one must: do their dharma and get good karma, practice ahimsa (non violence), and most importantly, follow the Four Noble Truths which is the path to end suffering and is found in the Tripitaka (sacred text of the buddhists); the last of the Four Noble Truths is the Eightfold Path (path to enlightenment).

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Buddhism is enjoyed by other countries as well as its birthplace: India because of how flexibly it can be studied and the reward it gives to the people.Robert Wright believes that Buddhist ideas are more “Western” than any stereo type suggests. Unlike many people who think Buddhist ideas are constricted to only the region where it is prominent, Wright makes the point that many people practice mindfulness meditation every day when they are stressed out. This is a Buddhist idea that Westerners have adopted. Wright also makes the point that many Psychological advancements to a healthier mind that Buddhists have been using for their entire existence are just starting to be found by modern day, Western psychologists. Furthermore, the Buddhist theory the one’s “self” is just an illusion is something that is thought to be true by many Buddhists but is debatable among others. This concept has been studied by psychologists to try and reveal if this “non-existence” of “self” is not just a fantasy. All in all, Wright makes the point that Buddhist ideas help us think more rationally and wisely, despite what others may think.

Finding clarity in Buddhist ideas is not making things too clear but is instead making it clear that the paradoxes about Buddhism have actually been embraced by Westerners more than we think. Many people believe that Wright has made Buddhism too clear (like Adam Gonpik) but Wright thinks that instead, making Buddhism clear has blatantly just explained all the connections that Buddhism has with the modern world—even in the West.


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