Confucius and Buddha

In the East, Confucius and Buddha are taken vary seriously. They form the

The teaching Confucius. Portrait by Wu Daozi, ...

The teaching Confucius. Portrait by Wu Daozi, 685-758, Tang Dynasty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

basis of beliefs, life style and religious study. From Religious Tolerance.Org Estimates of the number of adherents of Confucianism vary over a range of almost 60 times! For example, on 2009-SEP-28, WikiAnswers® responded differently to two almost identical questions submitted by their visitors. To the question: “World wide how many people follow Confucianism? Answers vary from between 6 million to 350 million”. The former estimate refers to individuals who follow Confucianism to the exclusion of all other religions.

Confucius (551–479 BC) [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia] was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

My personal favourite is No. 5 in the below list: “To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know – that is real wisdom.”

Confucius Quotes and Sayings – Top 10 . http://youtu.be/i-GXWxDbMXQ

Published on Apr 21, 2012

Quotes of wisdom by Confucius, the Chinese thinker and social philosopher.

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhist practices like meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. Buddhism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is defined as a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened one”. Buddha was an Eastern sage, thinker and social philosopher; a native of the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills, Gautama Buddha taught primarily in northeastern India. Buddhism currently has about 376 million followers and is generally listed as the world’s fourth largest religion after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Many would agree that Buddhism is a philosophy rather than a religion:

Buddha (563 BCE–483 BCE) – Quotes to Live By . http://youtu.be/LMtrC_qFYl8

Published on Apr 14, 2012

Beautiful and Inspiring quotes from Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama meditating.

Siddhartha Gautama meditating. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the West, we tend to make humourous or trivialize much of what Confucius, even Buddha, really said. For instance:

CONFUCIUS DID NOTSAY…

Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.

Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.

Squirrel who runs up woman’s leg will not find nuts.

Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.

Man who runs in front of car gets tired.

Man who runs behind car gets exhausted.

Man who eats many prunes get good run for money.

War does not determine who is right, it determines who is left.

Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

It takes many nails to build a crib but only one screw to fill it.

Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.

Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

Man who fish in other man’s well often catch crabs

Finally CONFUCIUS ALSO DID NOT SAY. . …“A lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood!”

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