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What so Buddhists believe in?


Asked by Ibelongtojesus at 8:33 AM on Jun. 9, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who lived about 26 centuries ago in what is now Nepal and northeastern India. He came to be called "the Buddha," which means "awakened one," after he experienced a profound realization of the nature of life, death and existence. In English, the Buddha was said to be enlightened, although in Sanskrit it is bodhi, "awakened."

    Basic Teachings
    In spite of its emphasis on free inquiry, Buddhism is not whatever you want it to be. It might best be understood as a discipline, and an exacting discipline at that. And although Buddhist teachings should not be accepted on blind faith, understanding what the Buddha taught is an important part of that discipline.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:20 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • For example, the foundation of Buddhism is the Four Noble Truths. The Truths are:

    The truth of suffering (dukkha)
    The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya)
    The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha)
    The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga)

    By themselves, the Truths don't seem like much, I realize. But beneath the Truths are countless layers of teachings on the nature of existence, the self, life, and death, not to mention suffering. The point is not to just "believe in" the teachings, but to explore them, understand them, and test them against one's own experience. It is the process of exploring, understanding, testing and realizing that is Buddhism.


    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:21 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • There are two things most people think they know about Buddhism -- that Buddhists believe in reincarnation, and that all Buddhists are vegetarian. These two statements are not true, however. Buddhist teachings on rebirth are considerably different from what most people call "reincarnation." And although vegetarianism is encouraged, in many sects it is considered a personal choice, not a requirement.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:21 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • actually their are many different sects of buddhism too. just like you have catholic, christian, methodist etc etc....their are different sects of buddhism mostly seperated by region. and each has its own little differences

    as for veganism (not vegetarian, i believe its full vegan) ohhh i love my meat lol.

    one thing with buddhists that is similar to a few other religions . is a belief that each lifetime is supposed to teach you something, you are supposed to learn some divine lesson and until you learn all of those will keep being reborn into this cycle of life that you are stuck in. once you have learned your lessons and reached will ascend to the higher level and be out of this continuous loop. karma is also a belief system put into place which i think is pretty damn good to live by.

    Answer by moki1984 at 10:27 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Could you explain the non reincarnation thingy. I don't seem to grasp that part. And do they believe in God or is Buddha their God?

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 11:03 AM on Jun. 9, 2009