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					             BUDDHISM
 Religionof peace
 Hindu origins
 No God or gods
 No sacrifices
 Proselytic
             Belief System
4   Noble Truths
 •   Life has suffering
 •   Desires cause suffering
 •   Control desire
 •   Follow “Middle Path” or 8-fold path
      – Finding Balance
           Belief System
 Follow“Middle Path” or 8-fold path
 (finding balance)
       – lead a moral life
       – be aware of thoughts and actions
       – develop wisdom and understanding
    1. Right View         5. Right Livelihood
    2. Right Intention    6. Right Effort
    3. Right Speech       7. Right Mindfulness
    4. Right Discipline   8. Right Concentration
           Belief System
5   Precepts (moral codes)
 • Not to take life of anything living
 • Not to take anything not freely given
 • Abstain from sexual misconduct and
   sensual overindulgence
 • Refrain from untrue speech
 • Avoid intoxication
Founder/Deity/Leader/Icon
 Gautama     Siddhartha - “Buddha”
  • Prince of N. India (Hindu)
  • 6th Century B.C.E.
  • Went seeking peace
  • Spread the Buddhist way of life until his
    death at 80 years old.
  • Numerous statues of Buddha
      – not to worship, pay respect
      – smile, strive for peace and love within
  Buddhist Wheel of Life

6 Realms of
Existence:
1. Craving
2. Ignorance
3. Aggression
4. Jealous
5. God
6. Human
BUDDHA
   PLACE OF WORSHIP

Temples
First Chinese Temple in USA
- San Francisco, CA 1853



                                Yoga
                   Meditation
    Internal Organization
 Different variations
 Buddha’s teachings merged with other
  Eastern religions
 15th Century - Dalai Lama - Tibet
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Received Nobel Peace Prize 1989
      #’s/Geography/Burials
 Most widespread religion in Asia
 Mainland S.E. Asia (Thailand, Laos,
  Vietnam, Cambodia
 Chinese type of Buddhism more linear
    • “Northern Form”
   324 Million people or 5% of the
    world’s population
  Celebrations/Food/Drink
 Handout


 Explaining   the Unexplainable
  • Creation Theory:

  • Death Theory:
    – Re-incarnation

				
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