Buddhism, The, And Magic

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Throughout the history of Chinese civilization many religions participated in the shaping of China’s way of life. One in particular, Buddhism, created the bridge that expanded the ideas of meditation, monasticism, and magic. Buddhism is the belief that life is full of suffering cause of desire and in order to end suffering a person must go through an enlightenment state. After being enlightened by the Great Awakening Gautama, the creator of Buddhism, came up with four truths that explained how to allow peace into one’s life. These four noble truths are that suffering dominates our experience, the cause of suffering is desire or craving, it is possible to extinguish suffering by extinguishing its cause, thereby attaining nirvana, and the noble eightfold path leads to the extinction of desire- that is, and it leads to nirvana. From the noble eightfold path came eight ideals of how you should live your life in order to find truth. They are right views, resolve, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and concentration. Through these four truths and eight ideals Buddhists look to use Buddha’s lessons in order to seek their own enlightenment or realization of life. Buddha believed in nirvana which was explained as a fire going out or letting the fire of desire go out by depriving it of its normal fuel. In order for a monk to find their nirvana they must live a life of self-discipline and give up their old life. The monk is expected to own nothing, live simply, and
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