Is Buddhism A Religion?

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Buddhism is a religion that was created and established by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, a hindu who, after seeing what he called the four sights, sought to understand and explain the reason why the hardships of the world occurred. This lead him to create the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, both of which are meant to help anyone who follows them to reach prajna, the awareness of ultimate reality and then eventually reach Nirvana, a state in which an individual has extinguished the flames of desire, allowing them to escape Samsara’s suffering. Though this religion has many features of Hinduism involved with it, such as Samsara and karma it is largely non-theistic. This makes it accessible to anyone who is seeking help in dealing with the problems life ultimately brings, no matter what religion they are. For this assignment I used myself as an example; I have had the problem of becoming too attached to problems and investing too much of myself into them in order to change them. So while we were learning about this lesson I actually applied the teachings of Buddha to my problem to show how useful Buddhism can be. First I accepted the Four Noble Truths. The first being that: “All life entails suffering”, meaning that while you are alive you are going to have problems to deal with, no matter what so you just need to accept that they are there and that no matter how hard you try to run from them they are always there. The second truth is that “ The cause of Suffering is

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