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minority experience

Minority experience

Attending a religious denomination which is exactly opposite to your belief is a new experience in my part . I am able to attend a Buddhist church . Its belief is on the teachings of Buddha

According to Buddhism , liberation is attained through understanding and practice of the Four Noble Truths

1 . There is suffering in life

2 . Suffering is caused by desire for pleasure , existence , and prosperity

Suffering and rebirth cease when one ceases such desires , leading to enlightenment , or Nirvana , a blessed state in which peace , harmony , and

br joy are attained

4 . The way , or path , to Nirvana is the Eightfold Path , summarized as

Right understanding

Right thoughts

Right speech

Right conduct

Right occupation

Right meditation

Right mindfulness

Right effort

The Eightfold Path is also called the Middle Way - because of its emphasis on avoiding such extremes as following sensuous pleasures on the one hand , and self-punishment on the other . The Buddhist must at all times observe the high moral principles described in the Eightfold path which emphasizes nonviolence and the brotherhood of all

Perhaps the best-known Buddhist scriptures are the Tripitaka ( Three Baskets , first written down in Ceylon (Sri Lanka ) in authoritative edition was prepared by the Sixth Buddhist Council at Rangoon , Burma , in 1954-56 . The three Pitakas are about four times as long as the Bible

In addition , according to one of the Buddhist believers say that there are two kinds of Buddhism and these are the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism . He said that Mahayana means large vehicle ' It is a less austere system than Theravada Buddhism and emphasizes liberation for everyone . Many Mahayana Buddhists believe in liberation through good faith and good works . Their object is not only to obtain a personal Nirvana , but to help others to that goal

The Mahayana branch has developed a system of ideal Buddhas , or enlightened ones . The most important Buddha is the Amitaba , or Amida Buddha , to whom members can appeal for deliverance . Some Mahana Buddhists also believe in a goddess , a symbol of compassion , who is called Kwan Yin in China and Kwannon in Japan

While the name Theravada means the way of the elders ' It is an austere religion that requires solitude , meditation , and self-mastery through which each member hopes to achieve Nirvana . Because of these requirements , the possibility of liberation is limited to a few . Many of its followers are monks and nuns who spend most of their time in meditation and teaching . Theravada Buddhism is sometimes called Hinayana Buddhism ' Hinayana meaning small vehicle ' but this term is not accepted by followers of the religion


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