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What Is Buddhism?

Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religions. It was founded by the historical Buddha named Siddhartha Gautama otherwise known as Shakyamuni Buddha. For Shakyamuni, people needs to be enlightened to the true nature of life and realize that their lives is as vast as the universe itself. A Buddha is one that is lightened to this mystic nature of life. It is a state of life that each individual possess. He taught people the four noble truths and the eight fold path which are essential guidelines for people to become enlightened. The term Buddhism comes from the word Buddha, meaning the enlightened one.

Buddhism is a religion that promotes peace and happiness of all humankind by means of meditation and change in oneself. It is a religion that regards life as sacred and very important. It teaches that all people are connected to each other and that in every cause, there is a corresponding effect. Buddhist believes in the eternity of life. It teaches that the present life is the result of the past causes people has made and that the future will be determined by the causes and actions that is being done in the present. That is the reason why Buddhist teachings emphasize the importance of the present and the actions that are being done at present. The law of karma or cause and effect is one of the teachings of Buddhism that has a profound effect on the daily life of its practitioners. The more a person do good, the more he or she will reap in her life and though eternity.

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