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Siddhartha Gotama Buddha was a Hindu yogi during the early 6th century BC Unsatisfied with his religion and the inability of its ways to help him overcome craving he awakened to a new path the one now called Buddhism Since Buddhism stems from Hinduism they are alike in some ways For example both believe in the discipline of yoga and the benefits it brings Both believe in rebirth although they come from different outlooks However for the most part they are vastly different Buddhism believes in no-thingness essentially that nothing really exists neither this physical world nor the spiritual All is process not illusion The eight-fold path the middle road or fulcrum between pain and pleasure is the process of detachment that eventually leads to nirvana Unlike Hinduism in which Samsara is an illusion that one must see through in Buddhism Samsara is an illusion created by the transfer of energy Once the energy is harnessed and extinguished by way of the eight-fold path nirvana is reached The fundamental problem is that of craving which gives rise to the illusion of a phenomenal world Samsara or the illusion world changes with no-thing changing it is just successive states like each slide in a film and all flipping by so fast it seems like a moving picture However in all reality it is just a transfer of energy Nirvana is the extinction of this transmission the final realization of reality as no-thingness and the release of the mind This path to awakening is reached by understanding what are known as the four noble truths and by following the eight-fold path The eight-fold path consists of right thinking attitude effort action livelihood meditation concentration and mindfulness All of this culminates in total detachment which in the body is paranirvana but out of the body is the ultimate nirvana One story in The Wisdom of the Zen Masters is a good example of the way Buddhism is In
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