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Explain how Buddhist teachings affect believer's attitudes and the environment When first looked at Buddhism seems a world-denying religion. Nirvana is outside of this world and the principles of dukkha, anicca

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Explain how Buddhist teachings affect believer's attitudes and the environment When first looked at Buddhism seems a world-denying religion. Nirvana is outside of this world and the principles of dukkha, anicca and anatta could be said to reinforce this belief. About a thousand years after the Buddha dies, a theory of creation did emerge. This theory said the world would always evolve only to be destroyed, this is an on-going cycle and there is no creator of the Earth. And because of this on-going cycle, there is no meaning to the created world. Ergo a Buddhist's aim should be to reach Nirvana and not be reborn into the world again. The world is seen as an obstacle that prevents people from reaching Nirvana "How can there be laughter, how can there be pleasure, when the whole world is burning?"1 Many people during the time of the Buddha reached enlightenment. ...read more.

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This is an ancient law."2 Both ahimsa and metta should be practiced with animals; this means that a trapped animal must be freed. According to Buddhism all animals should be loved "creatures without feet have me love, and likewise those that have two feet, and those that have four feet I love, and those, too that have many feet."3 As animals are believed to be less wise then humans Buddhists are obliged even more so to practice the two principles towards them. Interlinking with these two principles is the first precept "I undertake to abstain from taking life"4 again this includes animals. Because of this precept many Buddhism are practicing vegetarians, the Buddha never imposed vegetarianism onto his followers. Animals are believed to be much more important then just provisions for food "Many creatures have toiled singly or jointly to make our lies comfortable. ...read more.

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Trees play a significant role in the Buddha's life "trees are referred to in accounts of the Buddha's life. His mother leaned against a tree for support as she gave birth to him. He attained enlightenment seated beneath a tree, and finally passed away as trees stood witness overhead"8 Trees also should be treated with metta. Buddhists now understand that practical help is also needed to now help the world. This is known as engaged Buddhism. Engaged Buddhism "seeks to use the philosophy of Buddhism for social awareness."9 1 The Dhammapada pg 56 2 Buddhism a new approach. Steve Clarke and Mel Thompson pg 58 3 Teach yourself world faiths Buddhism Clive Erricker pg113 4 A student's approach to world religions Buddhism Denise Cush pg54 5 The little book of Buddhism Dalai Lama pg95 6 IBID pg31 7 Assisi deceleration 8 The little book of Buddhism Dalai Lama pg65 9 Moral Issues in six religions Andrea Willson pg 34 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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