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Buddhism. The Four Noble Truths Life is full of suffering and sorrow Caused by greed and desire for power, pleasure, and possessions Suffering and sorrow.

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1 Buddhism

2 The Four Noble Truths Life is full of suffering and sorrow Caused by greed and desire for power, pleasure, and possessions Suffering and sorrow will end when people reach Nirvana Nirvana reached by following the Middle Way or the Eightfold Path

3 Buddhism The Four Noble Truths: 1.Human life is full of suffering and sorrow 2.Suffering and sorrow are caused by people’s greedy desire for power, pleasure and possessions 3.Suffering and sorrow will end when people overcome their greed = Nirvana = enlightenment 4.People can overcome their greed and uncontrolled desires by adopting the Middle Way or Eightfold Path

4 Right View

5 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: 1.Right View or Understanding: The existence of suffering and pain due to greed and the desire for power, pleasure, and possessions Everything is temporary and changes There is no separate individual self—We are all part of one Human life is full of suffering and sorrow

6 Right View Right Resolve

7 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: 2. Right Resolve or Determination: Give up what is wrong and evil Undertake what is good Abandon thoughts having to do with bringing suffering to any being Cultivate thoughts of loving kindness based on caring for others’ suffering and joy in others’ happiness Human life is full of suffering and sorrow

8 Right View Right Resolve Right Speech

9 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: Suffering and sorrow are caused by people’s greedy desire for power, pleasure and possessions 3. Right Speech: Abstain from telling lies Abstain from talk that brings harm or discredit to others

10 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: 3. Right Speech continued: Abstain from talk that creates hatred or disharmony between individuals or groups Abstain from harsh, rude, impolite or abusive language Abstain from idle, useless, and foolish gossip Practice kindly speech, meaningful speech, and harmonious speech

11 Right View Right Resolve Right Speech Right Conduct

12 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: Suffering and sorrow are caused by people’s greedy desire for power, pleasure and possessions 4. Right Conduct or Action: Abstain from dishonest dealings Foster what is good, peaceful, and honorable Do things that are moral and honest and that end suffering

13 Right View Right Resolve Right Speech Right Conduct Right Livelihood

14 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: 5. Right Livelihood: Abstain from making your living from activities or occupations that bring harm and suffering to humans or animals Suffering and sorrow will end when people overcome their greed by reaching Nirvana

15 Right View Right Resolve Right Speech Right Conduct Right Livelihood Right Effort

16 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: 6. Right Effort: Foster good and prevent evil Work on yourself—engage in self-improvement Everything must be done with a sense of proper balance between trying too hard and not trying hard enough Suffering and sorrow will end when people overcome their greed by reaching Nirvana

17 Right View Right Resolve Right Speech Right Conduct Right Livelihood Right Effort Right Mindfulness

18 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: 7. Right Mindfulness: Build right attention Avoid whatever clouds your mental awareness Systematically and intentionally develop awareness People can overcome their greed and uncontrolled desires by adopting the Middle Way or Eightfold Path

19 Right View Right Resolve Right Speech Right Conduct Right Livelihood Right Effort Right Mindfulness Right Meditation

20 Buddhism The Eightfold Path or Middle Way: 8. Right Concentration: Developed by practicing meditation Meditation must be done continuously Meditation should include awareness of body, emotions, thought, and mind objects People can overcome their greed and uncontrolled desires by adopting the Middle Way or Eightfold Path

21 Buddhism Five Basic Precepts of Buddhism: 1.Abstain from killing living beings—practice love 2.Abstain from taking the not-given—practice generosity and giving 3.Abstain from sexual misconduct—practice contentment 4.Abstain from false speech—practice truthfulness 5.Abstain from taking intoxicating substances—practice awareness and mental clarity

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