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What do Buddhist believe?



Asked by Anonymous at 1:57 AM on Apr. 29, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Well, that varies A LOT, but here's a 5 minute introduction to Buddhism.

    Some things emphasized is to believe nothing and question everything, discovering truth through our own experience and practices, and it's generally a non-theistic religion or philosophy. The Four Noble Truths, Precepts, etc. are mentioned in the link above, but if you're interested in trying to fully understand it there is a lot more information out there too. Those are just some basics or a starting point. There are a lot of good books about Buddhism; I would recommend some of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, or Pema Chodron's books.

    Answer by pam19 at 8:47 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • GOOGLE is your friend.

    Answer by kazmia at 2:14 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • It's more of a lifestyle than a religion, simple as that.

    They don't believe, they just do.

    Answer by crystaLuv at 2:36 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • There is a huge variety in Buddhist beliefs, some being more 'philosophical', and some being more 'religious' in nature. Generally Buddhism is non-theistic, at it's core it teaches the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. Pam19 gave you a good link up there, I also recommend books by Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, or Lama Surya Das for some more good introductory and more advanced information on Buddhism.

    Answer by Freela at 9:50 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • I'd suggest Buddhism teaches, it does not preach. In fact, one could argue that even a christian can be buddhist.. it doesnt encourage blind faith.. which, for many, just isn't a reasonable expectation. it doesn't require that you ignore scientific facts that directly and absolutely contrast with religious text. really, in a nutshell, you simply have to be kind.. to yourself and others.. and practice loving kindness. there are precepts, sort of a guideline (think 10 commandments but without the brimstone and fire as alternative) that we should strive to attain.. but we can only do what we can do.. and thats enough.. so long as it's with compassion and love. ah! i'll tell you my favorite dhamma speaker.. his name is Ajahn Brahm. Find a website with dhamma (dharma) talks, pick a subject thats of interest or benefit.. and just listen..

    Answer by eatapeach at 7:26 PM on May. 1, 2011