History of Medicine: Ayurveda, Traditional Indian Medicine

I can’t believe it’s been half a year since I’ve written on this. Lots going on, but I’m picking up after reading about Hinduism and Buddhism months ago, delving into Ayurveda, which gets its underlying philosophy from the aforementioned religions of India. Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional medical system of India, originating two to three…

Buddhism: Zen and Vajrayana

Mahayana Buddhism itself has split into various forms, two major ones being Zen (in Japan) and Vajrayana (in Tibet). Zen Buddhism has a very interesting (and as Smith puts it, bizarre at first sight) way of attaining enlightenment. Zen Buddhists believe that reason is limited, for it cannot help us to think about the unseen,…

Hinduism: Journey through Life

For the last part of Hinduism, Smith touches upon the Stages of Life (ashrama). We are never the same person as we get older. We change, and learn more about ourselves. These stages actually mirror the four desires of man that I mentioned in a previous post. 1. Student: (Brachmacharya): From 8 to 12 years,…

Hinduism: The Four Yogas

Half of Huston Smith’s book “The World’s Religions” is on Hinduism and Buddhism. The other half covers six other religions, so he’s thoroughly describes the first two very well. His explanations for describing Hinduism is breathtaking. I don’t know how he does it. The main goal of Hinduism, based on the last post, is to…

Hinduism: Liberation from Pleasures

Before I read up on Indian medicine, I wanted to have a solid understanding of Hinduism and Buddhism. My dad’s has “The World’s Religions” by Huston Smith, and I read that it’s a great intro to comparative religion. Hinduism is the first religion Smith covers. He says If we were  to take Hinduism as a…