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Buddhism and Buddhist teachings.

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GCSE RE Coursework: Buddhist 2002 All Buddhist have an aim in life and that's to reach enlightenment and escape samsara (the cycle of death and rebirth.) To do this they have to follow certain rules and teachings, which affect their daily life in many ways, for example their diet, Buddhists aren't aloud to eat after midday. The numbers 3,3,4,4,5,8 and 10 may seem like a long list of numbers but in fact these numbers help me to remember the Buddhists teachings and beliefs... 3 stands for the three signs of life. Every Buddha wants to escape samsara the cycle of death and rebirth. To do this they must cope with the three signs of being, Dukkha, Annicca and Anatta. Dukkha means 'suffering' everyone has to suffer to succeed in something, it means more than just pain. Being uncomfortable or even bored. "Nothing in life is perfect and the Buddha said that no one can escape dukkha" meaning everyone has to suffer sometime in their lives, for example, losing a relative or close friend and no one can escape this happening to themselves or anyone else. ...read more.

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Many Buddhists are inspired by this and are also willing to give up everything for their beliefs. The other 4 stands for the 4 noble truths stands. "All life is suffering, we suffer because we crave, to stop suffering we must stop craving and to stop craving we must follow the eight fold path" This quote here is a strong Buddhist belief its called the four Nobel truths. Number one " all life is suffering" this is Dukkha, the Buddhist said that every life has kamm (force) from they previous lives so everyone will suffer until they reach Nirvana. Number two " we suffer because we crave" to Buddhists this means selfishness another way in which people suffer, the Buddha even said that you should break out of the rebirth cycle as it is selfish not to and go to nirvana. Number three "to stop suffering we must stop craving" Once we have stopped suffering we reach Nirvana this is when a person can see beyond themselves, and have total freedom where no craves and no one suffers. ...read more.

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Those are the 5 precepts followed by monks and nuns the extra five are rules that non religious people also follow; refrain from murdering, stealing, lying, misusing intoxicants i.e. alcohol/drugs and from misusing sex. Not always is it the case that Buddhists reach Nirvana and that's the end of it, some Buddhists called Bodhisattva choose to be reborn again and come back to help other monks gain good karma and reach the end of suffering. The sangha is a Buddhist community where monks and nuns go to gain good karma, to learn about the teachings, how to follow them and to live a more religious life. The sangha is not only for monks and nuns but for many people who just want a good education so they can get a job and some are force to attend by their parents. There are so many different beliefs and teachings to follow in Buddhism, its hard to understand just how the monks actually cope I know for a fact that a large percentage of people today wouldn't be able to cope, as Buddhism effects a people in nearly everything they do. ...read more.

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