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Buddhism and Buddhist teachings.

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GCSE RE Coursework: Buddhist 2002 Siddatha Gotama also known as the Buddha, is the person that all Buddhists look up to, they follow his teachings and try to achieve enlightenment just like he did. On Siddathas travels he came across a sick man, a dead man, a poor man and a holy man these are called the four sights. Siddatha was very disturbed by the sights and decided to give up everything, his family his house and his money just to find the answer to these problems. After six years spent with teachers and monks Siddatha gained enlightenment. Many Buddhists are inspired by this and are also willing to give up everything for their beliefs. 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. In order to reach enlightenment and go to Nirvana Buddhist's have to follow the eight fold path, a list of eight teachings, here are a few as followed: "Right speech, a Buddhist will avoid lying, gossiping and swearing. ...read more.

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Buddhists have to live a basic life as possible. Their most precious belief are the three jewels: "I take refuge in the Buddha." This quotation means they respect the Buddha because he showed them the way to enlightenment. "I take refuge in the Dharma." This means that Buddhist's believe that the teachings need to be realised in your own life, this is why people respect Dhamma. "I take refuge in the saugha" When Buddhist's say they 'take refuge' this means a safe place. Buddhists believe that the 'Buddha's teachings are extremely important but don't believe that he invented them himself. 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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This quote here is a strong Buddhist belief it's called the four Nobel truths. Number one " all life is suffering." This is Dukkha, the Buddhist said that every life has kamm (force) from their 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. Number four "to stop craving we should follow the eight fold path." The noble eight fold path also known as the riddle, is the living way to Nirvana, a way of showing people how they should live There are so many different beliefs and teachings to follow in Buddhism, it's 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 because Buddhism effects people in nearly everything they do. ...read more.

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