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Explain how Buddhists teaching affects believers' attitudes to wealth and poverty

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Explain how Buddhists teaching affects believers' attitudes to wealth and poverty Buddhist teaching consists of many aspects that will affect their attitude to wealth and poverty. Buddhists teach that there should be no extremes; every Buddhist should follow the middle way or magga. The middle way has many parts to it. The first part is the basic teaching of Dharma. The Dharma consists of three separate marks of existence. The first being Annica, Annica means that everything is constantly changing, nobody can guarantee wealth or poverty may last. The second Annata, this teaching is that everyone under the Buddhist faith is interdependent, basically no one can exist separately, and the wealth or poverty will affect everyone else. Therefore nobody can live differently than any one else. Lastly there is Dukkha, the world cannot provide a person with permanent happiness, consequently wealth could not give a person permanent happiness because the world is unsatisfactory. ...read more.

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All these guidelines can be linked to problems or coping with wealth or poverty. Right view is accepting that all life is unsatisfactory; therefore being wealthy or poor is unsatisfactory. Right action is doing things not just for yourself but also for the good of others, so help people to follow the middle way and teach them to deal with wealth and poverty selflessly. Right living; do not live in wealth or poverty. The aim of these guidelines helps to avoid the three poisons, hatred, greed and ignorance. Consequently helping Buddhist to avoid greed, therefore avoiding wealth. Right action follows the five precepts, which is the next part. The five precepts is the third part. One of the five precepts clearly relates to wealth and poverty. This precept being I undertake to abstain from taking what is not freely given. ...read more.

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The second being sita this just means that a Buddhist should basically treat other people how you would like to be treated. This just helps one not to live thoughtlessly, because how could someone who could not follow this guideline how could they follow any others or develop any perfections. Lastly there is virya, meaning a Buddhist believer should use all their energy only to do good. These Paramitas relate to poverty by pointing out that a Buddhist should not need to live in wealth or poverty, and should just practice and teach the Dharma. Also that Buddhist should not concentrate on bad things like greed but only on doing good. Buddhists aim to not be wealthy which will involve exploiting others making them poorer. So Buddhists avoid the cycle of being rich making others poor. A Buddhist will follow the middle way, which teaches them there should be no rich or poor. This is what every Buddhist should aim for. ...read more.

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