Buddhism Is Considered A Religion Or A Philosophy

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Many people are curious as to whether buddhism is considered a religion or a philosophy but I believe that it is both. According to (https://www.google.com/#q=buddhismBuddhism) is a non-theistic religion or philosophy that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. Buddhism inhabits several traits that consider it a religion and a philosophy. There is not a clear distinction that defines buddhism as one or the other. Some practices of Buddhism display faith and belief which are qualities of religion and other practices display reality, existence and knowledge which are qualities of philosophy. Trying to separate religion from philosophy does not work well in the case of Buddhism. According to (https://www.google.com/#q=religion) religion is a cultural system of behaviors, practices, world views, ethics and social organization that relate humanity to an order of existence. Buddhism is considered a religion because it does in fact involve elements of self-transformation, faith and belief. It has a core set of beliefs that are common to almost all branches of buddhism. Buddhism clearly defines a mythology, a soteriology, and a eschatology which is what religion consists of. Much of Mahayana Buddhism is religious for example, Pure Land Buddhism has many parallels to the theistic religions. Buddhism contains an explanation of the origin of existence, a morality and a specific set or
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