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Buddhism I have considered myself to be a fairly religious person I went to a Presbyterian elementary and middle school a Christian School At CS we had a religion class everyday The difference from then and now is then we learned strictly about Christianity I had never heard about evolution and other religions until I was in high school I had only known that there was one God and it was He to which we prayed I knew that there was a heaven and a hell The good people went to heaven and the bad to hell In much more depth of course but needless to say that was very naive I had a Humanities class my sophomore year in high school In this class we learned about all of the religions how they operated and what they believed It was then that I took a deep interest in Buddhism I didnt know much but what I did know seemed so much different and it really caught my eye Buddhism has two parts These parts are Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism The first part is Mahayana It can be defined as Large Raft Buddhism one of the two branches of Buddhism dominant in East Asia and Vietnam So named because its people carry a large raft to carry people to enlightenment Niwano 87-88 And Theravada is defined as Way of the Elders surviving school of one of the two branches of Buddhism found in Southeast Asia Claims to bet he most ancient expression of Buddhist teaching Called Hinayana by Mahayana Buddhist teachers Niwano 87-88 The Theravada Buddhism has dated back to as late as sixth century BCE and its was founded in one of the countries that it flourishes in today Southeast Asia There one founder of this school of Buddhism that is Siddhartha Gautama He has shown people what is known as the middle way This path is a path of
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