An Introduction To Buddhism

Buddhism is a religious system that’s based on the teachings of ‘the Buddha’. This religion originated in India, before spreading to other parts of Asia. Buddhism focuses on achieving the ultimate spiritual goal of the religious system; which is the liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Buddhist schools, which offer education based on Buddhism, can vary based on the path or its nature to attaining liberation from reincarnation.

What It’s About

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Buddhism focuses on personal spiritual development by following its teachings, and obtaining a deep insight into the ‘true’ nature of life. The religion currently has 376 million followers across the earth. Buddhism does not specify the existence of any personal gods or any other mythological figures, however, does mention reincarnation as a reality; which is also what it encourages its followers to liberate from, by attaining a high spiritual level, and deep or absolute knowledge.

Buddhists hold the belief that life carries sufferings, uncertainty, and no end because of the process of reincarnation. According to Buddhism, the process of reincarnation maintains the existence of people, and keeps them going through an endless journey of suffering over and over again. It also states certain parts of the human nature, such as that the belief in lasting of things is the chief cause of human suffering.

Other Facts

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The following are some other details about Buddhism:

  • The religion is around 2,500 years old.
  • Siddhartha Gautama, or ‘the Buddha’, was born in a royal family, and lived a life of luxury and privilege. He turned into a monk after encountering an old man, sick man, and a corpse.
  • The preferred ceremony after death, for Buddhists, is cremation. It is often performed at places like the Mandai Crematorium.
  • Buddhism points out the uncertain nature of life and incidents that may affect it.
  • Buddhism’s path to enlightment and liberation involves meditation, morality, as well as wisdom.

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