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 Buddhism /ˈbudɪzəm/ is a religion and dharma  that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual  practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. Buddhism originated in India, from where it spread through much of Asia, where after it declined in India during the middle ages. 

In a previous post I wrote about the 5 dominant world religions.  I promised to write about various religions in future, and will discuss a few points on each religion.  If you would like to read my previous post the please click https://steemit.com/religion/@serioustruth/what-is-your-religion-how-do-you-know-that-god-exists

Today I want to write a little bit about Buddhism. I enjoy doing research and especially enjoyed doing some research on this specific religion. This is what I found: 

Buddhism started over 2500 years ago and is the dominant world religion in the East.  This religion has more followers than any other religion.  Their concepts have influenced the Western culture positively and more people have taken up meditation and non-violence.  Their teachings are based on the teachings of a young Indian prince.  His whole life was lived in shelter, and when he saw the suffering on the outside of the palace walls, he left his life in the palace to seek answers to the problem of suffering.  He found his answer eventually and became the Buddha ( The enlightened one)


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The remaining part of his life of 45 years was spent teaching people about the path to liberation and suffering.  He then set up a community of monks.  There are many forms of Buddhism.  Some stick to rituals and worship their forefathers, while others reject any rituals or gods, and keep to meditation. 

1.  All forms of Buddhism, share some respect and the end goal is to end suffering.  

2. The Buddhist consider knowledge only as far as it remains practical.

3.  Speculation about matters like God, the afterlife or even nature of the universe is rejected, and followers are urged to focus instead on the Four Noble Truths.  

The Four Noble Truths contain the essence of the Buddha's teachings.   It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during  his meditation under the bodhi tree. The truth of suffering (Dukkha)The truth of the origin of suffering (Samudāya)The truth of the cessation of suffering (Nirodha)The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering (Magga)


Buddhists are not atheistic. They just don't believe that our world is created and ruled by any God. Buddhists believe that humans suffer, because they continually strive after things that do not promise forever lasting happiness.    

The Buddhist said of death:

Life is a journey. Death is a return to earth.  The universe is like an inn. The passing years are like dust. Regard  this phantom world As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, A flash of  lightning in a summer cloud, A flickering lamp - a phantom - and a dream 

If you would like to read more about the Buddhism religion, and the 4 noble truths, feel free to follow this link.  http://buddhanet.net/4noble.htm  

Although we all have our own beliefs and religions, it is still very interesting to read about what others believe in, and we are all on the same journey.  

At the end we all go back into the ground, and return to mother earth.  

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