(1)The practice of meditation in order to achieve mental and emotional integration and insight;
(2) The observance of ethical guidelines to train oneself in simplicity, mindfulness and nonviolence; and cultivate an attitude of universal, unconditional loving kindness; and
(3) The development of wisdom based on testing for oneself the teachings of the Buddha. These include the teaching that everything (including ourselves) arises in dependence on other conditions and, in consequence, is changing and open to the rest of existence, rather than ultimately separately existing.
The path leads to a state of Enlightenment or Nirvana, a state of complete freedom from all limitation and suffering.
"Just as the great ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, so my teachings have but one taste, the taste of freedom." ( - the Buddha)
In all of Buddhist history, there has never been a holy war.
-im catholic, and i have tremendous respect for this religion.
guy1: man that's peacefull
Lots of people think that Buddhism is a religion, but in fact some Christians, Catholics, Muslims, and Jews (just to name a few religions) follow the Buddhist philosophy.
I say this because everyone seems to think that Buddhism is purely a religion. It's more like a way of life, but you can find some mysticism in it.
I became a Buddhist recently, the path to enlightenment is a while off.
1. DUKKHA - Life is full of suffering
2. SAMUDHAYA - Suffering is caused by unrequited desire
3. NIRODHA - To eliminate suffering one must eliminate desire
4. MAGGA - The cessation of suffering is achieved by following Ariya-Atthangika-Magga, the Noble Eightfold Path
The Noble Eightfold Path consists of the following eight categories of proper conduct, divided into three broad areas:
* Right Understanding--samma ditthi
* Right Thought--samma sankappa
* Right Speech--samma vaca
* Right Action--samma kammanta
* Right Livelihood--samma ajiva
* Right Effort--samma vayama
* Right Mindfulness--samma sati
* Right Concentration--samma samadhi
Although there are different schools of Buddhism, the above are the core beliefs of the faith.
Many people in the West have taken a keen interest in Buddhism in recent decades, leading to a resurgence of this ancient faith.
In spite of doctrinal differences, all of the above groups are considered Buddhist because they all revere the Buddha and his teachings.
toby: naw man, he's a different type, he doesnt pray to any gods. and you shouldnt judge ppl like that