Buddhist Views Essay

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Buddhist Views



In the essay "A Buddhist Response to the Nature of Human Rights", Inada outlined the
distinctly different views of human rights held by the west and the east. The western view
of human rights to be based on "hard relationship", while his description of the eastern
view is that of "soft relationship". The hard relationship is based on physical form and
distinctly individualistic. The soft relationship is more inclusive encompassing an
individual surrounding. These views are derived from the main religions of their
respective parts of the world. The religions in these cases are Judo-Christianity and
Buddhism. The understanding of the relationships relate directly from the beliefs or
teaching held by the respective religions and the derived psychology.

The main religion of the Western World is Christianity whose root is based in Judaism. The
base of the beliefs rests in the Creator who made an individual person and gave each a
single soul. With this belief, a person is considered a complete entity. Combined with the
notion that a man was created in the image of the Creator and in the monotheistic sense,
this inevitably leads to the essence of a complete physical being as well. The view for an
individual rights therefore is perceived to be individualistic for a person as a unit.
This is further demonstrated with the concept of "all men were created equal". A person's
human rights can be thus defined and is finite within a social setting. The implication of
theses determined rights are often exhibited in the phrase: "God's given rights". The
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