Culture: Buddhism and Religion Essay

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Essay 2

Different Culture Experience

I encountered a twenty-four year old boy name Kyle Le that came here from China to study. I asked him how is it different from there and here. He told me that it’s cleaner and organized and people here act much differently. Then I asked him about his religion. He told me his religion was Buddhism. At first I thought Buddha as a big fat guy, that will give you luck if you rub his belly but then he started telling me that China consists of three main religions; Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. And Buddhism is possibly the most popular of the three religions. Then he started telling me that Buddhist’s believe that “desires are the source of pain, and that by overcoming desires, pain can be eliminated”. And by following his teachings one learns how to live a “pain-free” life. They also practiced rituals and attended services in honor of this. I was pretty much surprised how much information he knew about his religion. Then he started asking me about my religion which I really didn’t know to much of. But I told him that my religion is Hinduism and that Hinduism is considered one of the oldest religions in the world that originated in the Indian subcontinent. And it’s based off the Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit. But one of the coolest things that I know about my religion is that it has no true founder. Kyle was pretty surprised how little I knew about my…