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Buddhism is the religion followed by approximately 300 million people worldwide To many Buddhism is very much intense and goes beyond religion more of a philosophical system or way of life Making up or setting the foundations of this philosophical system are characteristics such as Buddhist beliefs and ethics These features then have a strong hold on the lives of Buddhist followers and allow religious theory to become a living practice To begin with Buddhist beliefs are one of if not the strongest characteristic of the religion Buddhism as a whole is structured around fundamental beliefs such as the Four Noble Truths These are Dukka suffering exists Samudaya the cause of suffering is desire Nirodha there is an end to suffering through extinguishing all desire and Magga in order to end suffering you must follow the Eight-Fold Path Hence the Eight-Fold Path is another core Buddhist belief It is as follows 1 Right knowledge and understanding 2 Right attitude purpose and thought 3 Right speech 4 Right conduct 5 Right way of living 6 Right effort 7 Right awareness 8 Right composuremeditation It is thought that by keeping abreast with the Eight-Fold Path one is on their way to Enlightenment or as it is often referred to Nirvana Nirvana meaning the state of final liberation from suffering is just another of the many beliefs incorporated with Buddhism In addition to the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path Buddhist believe too in reincarnation the concept that people are reborn after death and karma the concept that actions have consequences so our lives are conditioned by our past actions Furthermore in contrast with the above beliefs are Buddhist ethics Moral conduct for Buddhists is told by the Five Precepts The Five Precepts identify the aspirations of the Buddhist a code of ethical conduct They are 1 Do not kill 2 Do not steal 3 Do not lie 4 Do not misuse
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