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Religions have always been one of mankinds strongest weapons Millions of people trying to discover themselves explain physical phenomena understand the meaning of existence created them in order to have something to rely on have an excuse for whats going on in their lives always afraid to accept another point of view In this project I am going to talk about Taoism and Buddhism Two religions not so known for people who dont practice them Buddhism started with the Buddha The word Buddha is a title and not a name It means one who is awake in the sense of having woken up to reality It was first given to a man who was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Nepal 2500 years ago Scholars now place the date of his birth around 480BCE BC He did not claim to be a God and he has never been regarded as such by Buddhists He was a human being who became Enlightened understanding life in the deepest way possible Buddhists believe he attained a state of being that goes beyond anything else in the world Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life During the remaining 45 years of his life he travelled through much of northern India spreading his teaching of the way to Enlightenment The teaching is known in the East as the Buddha-dharma - the teaching of the Enlightened One Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness kindness and wisdom The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path - a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator God some people do not see it as a religion in the normal
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