Seminary Program

This is where we post the essays from many of our Universal Life Church Seminary students. When students finish a ULC course, they write a comprehensive essay about their experiences with the course, what they learned, didn't learn, were inspired by, etc. Here are their essays.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Buddhism Course
1.  The festival or holiday that appeals to me the most is Abhidhamma Day, the day that the Buddha became the Buddha and achieved enlightenment.  I see it as the day that it was proven that had the authority to teach his new philosophy to those who would listen.  I see this day as very similar to the Christian Holiday of Easter where it is taught that Jesus rose from the dead proving his divine authority to preach his new philosophy to those that would listen.        

2.  This tells us that when using the things, primarily food items, provided by nature that we should only take what we need and not take any more than that.  It is not necessary to warehouse the things that nature provides or grow it and harvest it for a profit.  If we were to only take what we need as we need it nature would continue to produce it and make sure that there is the amount needed for our survival, not over-consumption, but our survival.

3.  I believe that if the Buddha was teaching today, he would teach that Buddhists and everyone else, should not only abstain from eating meat but also should follow a vegan diet.  The reason for this with today's technology is simple;  it can easily be done.  i have been a vegetarian for 2 years now and can honestly say that I have not gone hungry.  I believe that based on the products available, the Buddha would teach that there is not a need for meat.  I also believe that if he was exposed to slaughter houses and the factory farm .


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