World Religions For Healthcare Professionals

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According to the website aboutbuddhism.org, the founder of Buddhism was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India about two and a half thousand years ago, and meditation is at the heart of the Buddhist way of life - it is basically a method for understanding and working on our own mind. From the book, World Religions for Healthcare Professionals, what I learned about Buddhism is that they follow the Four Noble Truths: Life means suffering, the origin of suffering is attachment, the cessation of suffering is attainable, the path to the cessation of suffering; and as well as the Eight Noble Paths and Buddhists also practice between 5 to 8 precepts. The lay Buddhist would practice the five and while the more devout Buddhist practices 8…show more content…
She also mentioned that after converting to Buddhism, she liked that fact that she does not necessarily have to go to the temple every Sunday and how it was more about meditation. With her current Buddhist practices, she tries to go every Sunday to the temple if someone can take her there, but her ritual every morning is waking up early around 4am to meditate and followed by chanting at 5am, she then eats breakfast and waters her plants at 6am. She currently lives in the same house as I do and I was interviewing her in our dining room, but when I was calling her to talk about her interview, I noticed in her bedroom that she has a mini altar and she has a book there, as well as, a little gong or bell and her beads. On top of that, she has incense, water bowls for washing and drinking, rice in a bowl and a couple of fruits such as orange and avocado. I asked her what those were for and she said those were offerings and she uses them when she does her mantra to have her mind change in a positive way. Additionally, I asked her what is the most attractive to her about Buddhism and what is the difference between Buddhism and Christianity. She mentioned that
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