the belief that life is a cycle that causes suffering.
Suffering is perpetuated by roughly 3 things:
1.birth
2.life
3.death

Through meditation, one can free themselves of this cycle by reaching
nirvana.
It also extends to the fact that everything in life comes from all other things, and that those things came from something else and etc.
Example of the suffering cycle:

-A bird dies, and the body's nutrients decay into the ground.
-A berry bush is planted at the same location years later.
-Someone eats a berry from the bush, which in turn is eating the nutrients from the bird.
-This perpetuates life and essentially the suffering cycle.

You can apply this idea towards: space, recycling, and even humans.
by Oliver Brody January 05, 2005
A hypocritical religion whose practitioners fail to follow since they're on Urban Dictionary writing up definitions about Buddhism. To be a Buddhist is to follow Buddha by sacrificing all worldly goods and desires which most of the westerns Buddhists are unable to do. Meditation can be practiced in any religion and it's a well known fact that the ancient Jews practiced it along with orthodox Christian monks. Medditation does not make you a Buddhist.
Buddhism is full of hypocrites and has been corrupted like all religions.
by Skialian January 03, 2014
For the most part, For The People's definition is right. However, Buddhism is not a religion, it's a philosophy or, if you prefer, a set of teachings.
Because many people follow the Buddhist teachings, Buddhism is thought to be a religion, even though it's really a philosophy/set of teachings.
by Matt September 15, 2004
1. A religion where all violence is rejected and you are to be one with nature.
Dude, I was gonna save your girlfriend, but I follow buddhism, so I couldn't. She's dead now.
by The Lord or Words March 22, 2011
Asian philosophy/religion, the central message of which is NOT every man for himself.
Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself!'
by the moody booze April 08, 2008
If seen as a set of ideas, Buddhism can be a very intelligent and beneficial approach to life. If seen as a religion, it is quite paradoxical and contradictory.

Buddha said:
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

Yet, Buddhism is still practiced and passed down by millions of people.
Nobody listened to Him, that is why there is Buddhism.

- J .Krishnamurti
by readmore November 16, 2005
A religion were you have to accept 4 things.

1) All compounded phenomena are impermanent.
2) All emotions are pain
3) all things have no inherent existence
4) Enlightgenment is beyond concepts.

If you accept those four truths, you can rightfully call yourself a Buddhist. You may eat meat, you may not shave your head, you may idolize eminem and Paris Hilton, As long as you accept those, you are buddhist.
Buddhism is way more than a simple smile and a marron skirt.
by Parker Kelly AEKY March 19, 2007

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