Buddhism Essay

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Buddhism The word religion often relates to a monotheistic practice (one surrounding a God). However, there are many religions that do not surround a God – one of which is Buddhism. The unique thing about Buddhism is that there is no belief of a God, a soul or a self. Buddhism is centered on the teachings of a simple man. While many may think that the Buddha is the God of Buddhism, they are misunderstood. Some have even said that Buddhism is not so much a religion as it is a philosophy, or “way of life.” Buddhism was born from the enlightenment of a man who had grown in privileged captivity – Siddhartha Gautama: The Buddha. (Violatti, Dece) The foundations of the religion include the noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths, belief in karma and reincarnation, and the path to enlightenment – freedom from the physical world and the cycle of rebirth. Buddhism is similar to Hinduism in many ways, though Hinduism has a firm belief that there is a God to be worshipped. Hindu’s do not worship their God in the same ways other religions do, but they use many of the same practices that Buddhists do to revere their God. One practice that both Hinduism and Buddhism are devoted to is yoga. Many sects of Buddhism use yoga to find balance and peace within themselves, and to restore their connection to the non-physical world. While Hindu’s often times use prayer, Buddhists do not. They do occasionally incorporate chanting into their meditation practices. Meditation was the path in which the Buddha found his enlightenment and began the foundation of Buddhism. Like all other religions, Buddhism is intricate and complex. The teachings have lived on through many generations and extend back to the age of its birth, about 2,000 years ago. Centrally originated in India, Buddhism has since made its way all over the world. It still remains to be one of the fewer wide-spread religions

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