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Basic teachings of Buddhism (on wiki)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I am a christian. And I have heard bits and pieces about Buddism. These are the 4 basic beliefs.
...from Wiki

The basic teachings of Buddhism are called the Four Nobel Truths.

The first truth is Life means suffering. To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in.

The second truth is the origin of suffering is attachment. This means that we suffer because of desire for possessions.

The third truth is the cessation of suffering is attainable. This states that is people no longer desire for possessions, the suffering will stop. They can then achieve a state of nirvana, or a state of happiness and peace.

The fourth truth is the path to the cessation of suffering. This truth states that people can escape suffering by following the Middle Way, or a set of guidelines called the Eightfold Path. There is a path to the end of suffering - a gradual path of self-improvement, which is described more detailed in the Eightfold Path.

It is the middle way between the two extremes of excessive self-indulgence (hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism); and it leads to the end of the cycle of rebirth.

The latter quality discerns it from other paths which are merely "wandering on the wheel of becoming", because these do not have a final object. The path to the end of suffering can extend over many lifetimes, throughout which every individual rebirth is subject to karmic conditioning. Craving, ignorance, delusions, and its effects will disappear gradually, as progress is made on the path.

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GRAMMACATHY 4/18/2013 11:48AM

    I will answer on your most recent blog. I always love the fact you are a teacher and make us think.

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4EVERNESS 4/17/2013 11:30PM

    What you have presented here, doesn't work towards a contradiction of Christianity in the beginning. However the references that you did not elaborate on regarding the karmic conditioning and other lives starts to deviate from it. I personally can't hang with the Buddhist belief that it is all about man....The need for a higher authority is imperative with the ego of the creature (albeit more toward superegocentricity) .

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AUNTB63 4/17/2013 6:34PM

    Thank you for sharing this information. Each "religion" has a set of "rules" to follow in their beliefs. I believe we as humans have a need to have to follow. I also believe that everyone should follow their hearts when it comes to religion or lack of. I was drawn to this blog when I read an apology if you offended anyone....I personally don't think it should have. emoticon

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LADY_MARIANA 4/17/2013 5:34PM

    Thank you for posting this. I think your effort to understand Buddhism is helpful to me. Although Buddhism may be a philosophy more than a religion (I do not know this, I am speculating) I see no inherent contradiction between Christianity and Buddhism.
Buddha was not a god and never claimed to be. There are so many points in common between the teachings of Jesus and those of Buddha.


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PICKIE98 4/17/2013 1:24PM

    So people that have cancer or are born with health challenges that they suffer with, are attached to... what? Breathing, lack of pain? Not too clear..

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BRAVELUTE 4/17/2013 10:38AM

    I think all of us would be better off if we spent some time like CTupton to learn about the world's religions. When I went to school, this happened first in world history, then in Junior College in a humanities class. I was amazed that there were so many parallels.

I AM concerned that we go to a paragraph by NickysGirl to learn about the basic tenets of one of the world's major religions. You do know that anyone can post information there? And while Nicky's information might be correct, might be copied from a reputable source or written as a report for one of those world history or humanities classes, it certainly distills the basic tenets down to a ridiculously short summary.

I'm not sure the basic tenets of Christianity could be reduced to such a short summary. Especially when you start to explain the trinity. We could say the main teaching was Love One Another. How earth changing that would be if we only would.

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LAILATN 4/17/2013 9:43AM

    Attachment and suffering because of it is not always about wanting possessions. We also get attached to our own expectations. For example, if we expect our day to go a certain way, and it doesn't, we create a lot of suffering for ourselves by holding on to that thought in our minds - like "Why did this happen to me?" or "It's not fair!" We all do it. It's hard not to. We're only human. Interesting stuff.

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SANDRALEET 4/17/2013 7:51AM

    I am a christian and do not go off it It is true that life can be hard Some more then others but not always they are worse then others But were God put us A slave always had a harder life then a free rich man A sick or disabled then a healthy person

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123ELAINE456 4/17/2013 3:38AM

  I'm in agreement with JAMMIEQUITER with this one. God Blessings to the Victims of the Boston Bombing, their Families, Boston, The United States Of America, and the World. My Prayers and Thoughts Goes Out to Them. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JAMMIEQUILTER 4/16/2013 11:48PM

  It's difficult to follow this and I'm not sure I get your point. Are you presenting this as Truth? If so, doesn't it contradict Christian beliefs?

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