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The Buddhism Religion

The Buddhism Religion By: Lauren Hess

NINE ESSENTIAL POINTS UNDER BUDDHIST TRADITION (1967):1.     The Buddha is our only Master.2.     We take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Saṅgha (the Three Jewels).3.     We do not believe that this world is created and ruled by a god.4.     We consider that the purpose of life is to develop compassion for all living beings without discrimination and to work for their good, happiness, and peace; and to develop wisdom.5.     We accept the Four Noble Truths.6.     We believe all conditioned things are impermanent, and that all conditioned and unconditioned things are without self.7.     We accept the thirty-seven qualities conducive to enlightenment as different aspects of the Path taught by the Buddha leading to Enlightenment.8.     There are three ways of attaining bodhi or Enlightenment: namely as a disciple, as a pratyekabuddha, and as a samyaksambuddha (perfectly and fully enlightened Buddha). We accept it as the highest, noblest, and most heroic to follow the career of a Bodhisattva and to become a samyaksambuddha in order to save others..9.     We admit that in different countries there are differences regarding Buddhist beliefs and practices. These external forms and expressions should not be confused with the essential teachings of the Buddha.THE FORMULA WAS RESTATED INTO ONE POINT (1981):We accept the universal law of cause and effect taught in the Paṭiccasamuppada, and accordingly we accept that everything is relative, interdependent and interrelated and nothing is absolute, permanent and everlasting in this universe.

4 NOBLE TRUTHS1. THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING (DUKKHA)2. THE TRUTH OF THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING (SAMUDAYA)3. THE TRUTH OF THE END OF SUFFERING (NIRHODHA)4. THE TRUTH OF THE PATH THAT FREES US FROM SUFFERING (MAGGA)

Founder of BuddhismBuddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama. He was born into rotal family/the warrior section of the caste system. At age 29, he realized wealth didn't bring him happiness. So, he went to religion and philosophies for human happiness. After 6 years of studying religion, he found the Middle Path and was enlightened. After finally being awakened at age 35, he spent the rest of his life teaching principles of Buddhism until his death at age 60. He taught a path to enlightenment from his own ex-periences. People believe he has the answer to many of the problems in modern-day society. People call him Buddha. They do not worship or ask for things, rather they pay respect.

BUDDHIST VIEW ON CASTE SYSTEMBuddhists condemned the caste system. They felt it was unjust. They believed a person should be ranked based on his or her good or bad deeds.

THE MIDDLE PATHBuddhists practice something that is not very common in other religions, the Middle Path. The Middle Path is a path of moderation, sensual indulgence, and self mortification. Buddhism itself is sometimes even referred to as the Middle Path, it is everything Buddha taught- the actions and attitudes that will create happiness.

STUPASStupas are mound-like/hemispherical structures containing Buddhist relics. Saintly people were buried under these structures. The most important stupa is the Ruwanweliseya, standing only 300 feet but famous for it's giant bricks.

They said:"By birth one is not an outcasteBy birth one is not a BrahminBy deeds one alone is an outcasteBy deeds alone one is a Brahmin"

Nirvana: the extinguishing of the fires of greed, hatred, and delusion. Buddha believed this is the ultimate happiness, but only a few people can achieve this. Bodhi:the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding nature of things.The Bodhi tree is a symbol of Buddha's presence and an object of worship.

"No one saves us but ourselves.No on can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the past." - Siddhartha Gautama

"Do not drewll in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.""The mind is everything, what you think you become." - Siddhartha Gautama


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