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what do buddiest belive?

i want to just know what they belive i would like to know more religons other than christian becuse that is what i am i'm not changing what i belive i want to know about it?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:25 PM on Dec. 7, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I'm a Buddhist and will try to answer your questions. First of all, just as there are different branches of Christianity, there are different branches of Buddhism. So if you explore different schools, you may see differest aspects played up or played down. However most schools probably agree with the central teachings of the Buddha- the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.
    In essence, the Four Noble Truths state:
    1. That life involves suffering/dissatisfaction
    2. That the cause of our suffering is attachment/craving
    3. That there is a means to end attachment/craving and thus suffering
    4. That the means to end suffering is to follow the Noble Eightfold Path.

    Answer by Freela at 9:38 PM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • Con't. The Noble Eightfold Path
    1. Right view
    2. Right intention
    3. Right speech
    4. Right action
    5. Right livelihood
    6. Right effort
    7. Right mindfulness
    8. Right concentration
    Some of these are wisdom based, others involve ethical living, and others involve meditation and mental discipline. A lot can be said about the Eightfold Path, and many books have been filled on the subject- if you are interested in the details I would recommend books by Lama Surya Das or Thich Nhat Hahn... both good writers who are able to say more about the path than I can!

    Answer by Freela at 9:43 PM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • Buddhist thought stresses impermanence and non-self... impermanence being that all things are ever changing, including you, and non-self meaning that all things are empty of a separate existance and exist only in relation to everything else, including you. Buddhism is one of the few religions that does not require belief in an immortal soul, or even a permanent 'self' that exist from one moment to the next. Buddhism also does not teach the notion of a permanent 'creator God.' Although some branches of Buddhism are more devotional in nature and include deities, these deities are not seen as eternal and omnipotent. Buddhists generally believe in rebirth- in some schools this is closer to the Western view of reincarnation, in other cases this is more akin to 'recycling.'

    Answer by Freela at 9:52 PM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • Con't The Buddha is not viewed as a god or representative of any divinity but as an enlightened teacher. He was not superhuman- we are all potential Buddhas. The goal of each individual is to achieve enlightenment (the cessation of suffering.) This is not achieved by belief in any dogma, but by daily practice following the Eightfold Path. The Buddha did not claim that the Eightfold Path was the ONLY path and any path leading one to experience reality is just as valid to achieve enlightenment. Therefore it is not a system based on faith so much as it is a system based on practice.
    HTH... if you have any other questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer. I know there are some other Buddhist CM members who may jump in as well!

    Answer by Freela at 9:57 PM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • Freela said it better than I could. :-)

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 11:24 PM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • thank you for your time how very intresting...thank you for the knowlege of this reilgon..

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:57 AM on Dec. 8, 2008