Buddhism And Its Views On Buddhism

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Buddhism is one of the major religions of the world; it was founded in India and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha, or the Enlightened One/Awakened One. Buddhism is non-theistic and is not based on any concept of a supreme or one ruling God. A Buddhist approach is a naturalistic one and the sole purpose of the followers is to end or reduce suffering (dukkha) and attain a state of liberation or enlightenment and the freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth (Nirvana). Buddhist are their own Buddha and the answers of the world will not end their suffering but within themselves they are capable of reaching nirvana. Buddhism has two major points of view that differ in their telling of Buddha and claim to be the “correct” story.1 Theravadin is considered the more conservative view and Mahayana is considered the more creative view, these two views tell the story of Buddha and the followers believe their version is the correct version. These differing views make up the religion of Buddhism and the followers carry out the word of their branch. The view of Theravadin Buddhism is the more conservative view and it follows more firmly the original teachings of Buddha it is often referred to as the “path of the elders”. 1 Theravadin Buddhists believe Buddha is an inspirer and supreme teacher not a God but the very highest human. Buddha believed that the human experience included great suffering, nothing is permanent and nothing in this world should be desired.
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