Select and explain the religious teachings and beliefs that might influence Buddhists in their daily lives

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Collette Lewis   GCSE RE Coursework: Buddhist 2002

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Select and explain the religious teachings and beliefs that might influence Buddhists in their daily lives

     Through doing my research in order to answer this question I found out that there are many different teachings and beliefs that might influence Buddhists in their daily lives.

     Firstly there is the life of Siddhartha Gotama. He had a ‘perfect’ life with everything you could want, money, a wife, a child power etc. However as we know nothing is ever perfect and he felt something was missing. When he visited the city to search for the meaning of life he saw four sites. An old man, a sick man, a dead man and a holy man. The only man who looked happy was the holy man and all he had were the rags he was wearing and his bowl. Sid then became and ascetic and gave up all his luxuries in life. He learnt great control of himself and his mind but through being an ascetic he became weak and unwell and so he followed the eight fold path, the middle way. While sitting under a Bodhi tree he accepted his first meal and meditated. He gradually gained insight to human nature and perfect peace. He had reached enlightenment and became known as the Buddha. The Buddha then taught others how to live a good life by teaching them three main things. The Three Marks Of Existence, The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path.

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     The Three Marks Of Existence are:

  • Anicca: All things are changing-nothing is fixed. Impermanence.
  • Anatta: There is no separate self and all beings are interdependent. This means that all beings are dependant on each other and are always changing. The Buddha taught that there is nothing that can be called a soul. Instead people are made up of five parts, and it is these five things that ‘make-up’ a person; They have a body, and they can feel things, they have ideas, they can think and they can be aware of things going on around them. ...

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