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Buddhist beliefs

Buddhism is a non-theistic religion. This means that it covers both religious and non-religious beliefs.

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However, the main difference is that there is no god involved. No one believes in a personal god.

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There are no doctrines involved in Buddhism compared to other religions such as Judaism, Christianity or Islam. However, beliefs are crucial aspects of Buddhism.

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There are no doctrines involved in Buddhism compared to other religions such as Judaism, Christianity or Islam. However, beliefs are crucial aspects of Buddhism.

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Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama is known as the 'awakened one'. He existed between the 6th and 4th centurise BCE.

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He is believed to have lived and taught in the Eastern part of India.

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After Buddha was enlightened, he taught in order to get rid of suffering. To do this, he believes that understanding the nature of the world is the first step.

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After Buddha was enlightened, he taught in order to get rid of suffering. To do this, he believes that understanding the nature of the world is the first step.

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Buddha rejected theories about the existence of God and instead, proposed to his followers to focus on the 'Four Noble Truths' in order to free themselves from suffering.

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The Four Noble Truths are the following; 1. Life is full of suffering 2. The cause of these sufferings are desires and attachment to material things and people. 3. All suffering can be eliminated. 4. Ending suffering can be achieved by following the Noble Eightfold Path.

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The key to ending suffering and misery is the Noble Eightfold Path which is basically gaining the right or correct:

1. knowledge

2. intention

3. speech

4. action

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The other components of the Noble Eightfold Path include:

5. livelihood

6. effort

7. mindfulness

8. concentration

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Adhering to the Four Noble Truths and and the Noble Eightfold Path is not easy and as such, the surest way to achieve these and end suffering is to lead the monastic or cloistered life.

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This lead to the birth of Theravada Buddhism which is prevalent in Southeast Asia. But, since not everyone can become monks, there is room for the laity to be part of Buddhism.

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This means supporting monks in order to gain good karma in the hope that the next life is favourable to attaining enlightenment.

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Another branch of Buddhism emerged called Mahayana or 'The Greater Vehicle'. Enlightenment can be achieved by a greater number of people.

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Hence, even those with families and laymen can achieve enlightenment ending the cycle of reincarnation. It is sort of a faster route to enlightenment without following a monastic life and attaining awakening in one lifetime.

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Hence, even those with families and laymen can achieve enlightenment ending the cycle of reincarnation. It is sort of a faster route to enlightenment without following a monastic life and attaining awakening in one lifetime.

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