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The Nature of Religion and Beliefs in Buddhism

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The Nature of Religion and Beliefs in Buddhism

Preamble: Buddhism is a passage where there is practice and spiritual knowledge that guides to an insight into the real creation of reality. Buddhists develop the teachings of yourself, through meditation, this gives the Buddhist an insight of recognition, understanding, being generous and having wisdom.

Part A.

Rites and Rituals - 'Rites is the prescribed or customary form for conducting a religious or other solemn ceremony" according to the freedrictionary.com. Buddhist celebrates their rites through daily, periodic, and special rituals and yearly festivals. Buddhist's also celebrate new years, Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death because Buddhists believe in the endless cycle of reincarnation. Buddhist believes in a rite of passage which celebrates in a 'coming of age' between most boys and some girls aged from eight -twenty years of age, which is the wish to become a Buddhist. 'Rituals an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite' according to the dictionary.com. Buddhist have a journey to enlightenment , which brings blessing to the person and a connection to their surroundings as well. The routine of meditation to oneself that nearly all Buddhists do as its part of their teaching and experiences. Mantras are a sacred sound that's helps with your mental concentration to do this you need to repeat the sacred sound over and over again.

Sacred writings - 'Sacred writing is venerated for the worship of a deity' according to the freedictionary.com. There is not actually a proper statement stating the sacred texts. Although Buddhists and monks follow Buddha's teachings, which had scriptures of The Tripitaka which means three baskets (three collections) this refers to as the way the texts were first recorded. The Tripitaka is the one of the earliest collections of Buddha's writings. The teachings were passed down orally but then it was settled into two different scriptures. The three sections in 'the three baskets of wisdom' is 1. Vinaya Pitaka meaning the disciple basket which is the rule book for monks and nuns, 2. Sutta Pitaka meaning the teaching basket which is the experiences of Buddha, 3. Abhidhamma Pitaka meaning the Higher Doctrine Basket which is the explanation on the teachings of Buddha.

Belief and Believers 'Belief is a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith' according to the freedictionary.com. Buddhism believes in the happiness and moral. Karma is a great belief in the religion Buddhism as in doing good deeds in return something good would happen to you. The main beliefs of Buddhism also 'the four noble truths' explore the human suffering. The Buddha's eightfold path is one of Buddhist main resource and belief. Buddhism believes that the negative mental states and delusion are overcome through meditation. 'Believers is to have firm faith, especially religious faith' according to the freedictionary.com. The believers of Buddhism are called Buddhists but the people of the temple are monks and nuns as they are devoted and commit their whole lives to their religion.

Ethics 'Ethics is the study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy' according to the freedictionary.com. The ethical rules that monks, nuns and a monastic audience in Vinaya scriptures contain the eight-limbed noble paths. Ethics in the Buddhist lifestyle for the monks and nuns. These rules are arranged to remove the limitations of the social connections of the monk or nun in sexuality. There are 277 rules to obey, and there are more rules for the nuns. There are rules that are day to day knowledge for any Buddhist which is "The Five Precepts 1) To undertake the training to avoid taking the life of beings. 2. To undertake the training to avoid taking things not given. 3. To undertake the training to avoid sensual misconduct. 4. To undertake the training to refrain from false speech 5.To undertake the training to abstain from substances which cause intoxication and heedlessness." According to the www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/budethics.htm.

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