4Origins - Siddhartha Gautama Wanting to free his mind of daily concerns, Siddhartha began fasting and meditating.Eventually, he came to understand the answers to questions he had about human life.
5AdherentsBuddhism is the fourth largest world religion with approximately 360 million followers.
6AdherentsPeople who follow the religion of Buddhism are called Buddhists.
7ViewsBuddhists do not believe that this world is created and ruled by a God.Buddha did not want his followers speculating about such matters as God, the nature of the universe, and the afterlife.Instead, Buddha urged his followers to focus instead on the Four Noble Truths by which they can free themselves from suffering.
9Suffering arises from attachment to desires. The Four Noble TruthsSuffering arises from attachment to desires.
10Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases. The Four Noble TruthsSuffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases.
11Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold path. The Four Noble TruthsFreedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold path.
12The Eightfold Path - Morality Right Speech – Speaking in a non hurtful, not exaggerated, truthful way.Avoid lies and gossip.
13The Eightfold Path - Morality Right Action – Avoiding harmful actions.Don’t steal from or harm others.
14The Eightfold Path - Morality Right Livelihood - Not harming in any way oneself or others; directly or indirectly.Reject work that hurts others.
15The Eightfold Path - Meditation Right Effort – Making constant effort to improve oneself.Prevent evil and do good.
16The Eightfold Path - Meditation Right Mindfulness - Mental ability to see things for what they are with clear consciousness.Control your feelings and thoughts.
17The Eightfold Path - Meditation Right Contemplation - Being aware of the present reality within oneself, without any craving or aversion.Practice meditation.
18The Eightfold Path - Wisdom Right View - Understanding reality as it is, not just as it appears to be.Incline towards goodness and kindness.
19The Eightfold Path - Wisdom Right Thought - Change in the pattern of thinking.Believe in the nature of existence as suffering and in the Four Noble Truths.
20ViewsHowever, disbelief in a creator God does not mean that Buddhism is atheistic.While Theravada Buddhists are atheistic; Mahayana Buddhists are more polytheistic.
21ViewsIn Mahayana Buddhism, the universe is populated with celestial buddhas, bodhisattvas, and deities that assist and inspire Buddhists.
22Views With regard to the universe, Buddha taught nothing is permanent. The Buddha said of death:Life is a journey. Death is a return to earth. The universe is like an inn. The passing years are like dust. Regard this phantom world As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, A flash of lightning in a summer cloud, A flickering lamp - a phantom - and a dream.
23Life’s Purpose In Buddhism, the purpose of life is to end suffering. The Buddha taught that humans suffer because we continually strive after things that do not give lasting happiness.During life, humans should also strive to gain enlightenment and release from cycle of rebirth, or at least attain a better rebirth by gaining merit.
24Afterlife Buddhists believe people are reincarnated when they die. This is different than reincarnation in Hinduism because Buddhists do not believe the soul passes on to the next body.
25AfterlifeBuddha compared reincarnation to lighting successive candles using the flame of the preceding candle.Although each flame is causally connected to the one that came before it, is it not the same flame.Thus, in Buddhism, reincarnation is usually referred to as "transmigration."
26General Practices Meditation Mantras (sacred sounds) devotion to deities(in some sects)mandalas(Tibetan)
27Holy Text(s)Tripitaka (Pali Canon) - is the earliest collection of Buddhist teachingsMahayana sutras (like the Lotus Sutra)Tibetan Book of the Dead - describes in detail the stages of death from the Tibetan point of view
28Buddhism Internet Link - Summary Essentials of Buddhism - core concepts