Buddhism allows them to embrace more than just a dogma and it gives them a way to accept peace in their lives. Buddhism is much like other philosophies as it gives its practitioners a way to get involved with the world around them and to accept life as it comes to them. There are many different types of Buddhism today. According to Master Chun Kung, there are four types of Buddhism practiced today:1. Authentic Buddhism -- this one is not taught much today because it is very rare to find someone who teaches it. 2. Religious Buddhism -- this is an offshoot of authentic Buddhism which is practiced as a religion with prayers and offerings to Buddha. 3. Philosophical study of Buddhism -- this one is taught in schools but according to Master Chun it is only part of what Buddhism is; instead of one part as a philosophy, it is a way of life that can solve many problems in the human condition.4. The deviant and externalist Buddhism -- this one is not following the teachings of Buddha and it is not helping people according to Master Kung.(Kung, 2003).These four types of Buddhism are among the many that an individual may encounter when they are seeking some assistance. Another reason why Buddhism is relevant today is because it fits into the newer philosophies that the modern public has been searching. As an example, a few years ago the movie, "The Secret" came out and purported that there was a "secret" to having everything you wanted. This secret turned out to be the fact that you had to decide what you wanted and then allow it to come into your life. Buddhism teaches something similar in their "Four Noble Truths". According to Lowenstein (2005), an individual can manage their life through these truths if they understand them. Buddhism Role in Modern Society.
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