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FC: Religions of the World: Buddhism By Delaney Busching

1: Buddhism By Delaney Busching

2: Introduction Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world with around 376 million followers around the world, and it has been around for 2,500 years. Buddhists don't believe in a personal god, and instead they focusing on reaching something called "Enlightenment which is state of peaceful bliss and awareness. They also believe that change is always possible. """""

3: Origin Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Guatama, a wealthy man in Nepal 2,500 years ago. He was sheltered from the rest of the world by his parents as he grew up. When he first left his palace saw an old man, a sick man, and a dead body he was troubled. He decided to look to religion for answers. The story goes that he sat beneath a special tree called The Tree of Awakening and meditated until he was enlightened. He then led other people strive for the same enlightenment. He was then called Buddha or awakened one.

4: The Four Noble Truths One of the things taught in Buddhism is something called The Four Noble Truths. These state 1. Life means suffering. 2. Suffering is caused by desire. 3. To end suffering one must end desire. 4. The way to enlightenment is through the eight fold path. This basically means that to reach enlightenment you have to give up wanting things, and you must follow the Eight Fold Path.

5: Eight Fold Path The Eight Fold Path is a set of principles to be followed to reach enlightenment including right understanding, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. These principles serve to guide a person to be ethical and wise. They are often symbolized by a wheel with eight spokes as pictured to the left.

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