The Main Elements Of The Doctrine Of Salvation

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Buddhism is one of the oldest religion in the world. It was founded by Siddhartha Gautama during the sixth century B.C. Siddhartha’s life is divided into three periods: enjoyment (563-534 B.C), enquiry (534-528 B.C) and enlightenment (528-483 B.C). He became the Buddha (meaning “the enlightened one”) after he resisted the temptations of Mâra, the evil one. Then he devoted his life guiding people into the way to enlightenment or salvation. There are two main branches in Buddhism: “Mahayana” is the name given to those who believe that enlightenment is accessible to everyone, whereas the “Theravada” Buddhists are those who said salvation is accessible to only the committed few (for instance, monks). This paper will highlight the key elements of the doctrine of salvation in Buddhism, and evaluate the doctrine in the light of Christian Seventh-day Adventist’s view of salvation.
What is the human’s predicament Buddhism is dealing with?
The main concern in Buddhism is human suffering. The four noble truths on which Buddhism is founded are articulated in terms of suffering. We read in Buddha, the Word (500 B.C) what follows:
“Thus has it been said by the Buddha, the Enlightened One: It is through not understanding, not realizing four things, that I, Disciples, as well as you, had to wander so long through this round of rebirths. And what are these four things? They are the Noble Truth of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Origin
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