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Jackie McGlynn Religion 31401 Work out your own salvation through diligence To be diligent is to work carefully and assiduously It is to do a good job but more importantly it is to pay close attention to the details along the way The quote above assumes an obvious Buddhist belief that people have control over their own salvation after death Whereas we as Christians accept the belief that God ultimately determines our destiny Buddhists believe that they alone control it Buddhism is probably the most tolerant religion in the world as its teachings can coexist with any other religion It has a very long existence and history starting in about 565 BC with the birth of Siddhartha Gautama later to earn the title Buddha the Enlightened or Awakened One Buddhism emphasizes personal enlightenment as opposed to eternal salvation from a higher being The religion teaches that salvation lies in your own hands you are solely responsible for what you do and the consequences that you will face It molds several ideologies into its practices appealing to a wide amount of people searching for their salvation Buddhism is a natural religion It violates neither the mind nor body The Buddha became aware that men are born and die according to their good or evil actions according to their self-created Karma -- the consequences of good or evil acts Buddhist beliefs can be hard to understand by those who do not follow the religion It has been said that their way of thinking and our way of thinking are very contradictory While there is much about the religion that takes a while to be understood the Buddha himself said that the only two things he taught were a suffering and b the possible escape from suffering He taught man that he is a slave to his ego The central teaching of the Buddha can be vaguely summarized by saying that life is suffering dukkha
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