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Explain the main ideas of Buddhism and comment on any similarities with Christian faith Buddhism is one of the most widely practiced and highly respected religions in the world today Conceived in the 5th or 6th century it is based on the life and teachings of prince Siddhartha Guatama who later in life would be known as the Buddha or as he referred to himself one who is awake Buddhas approach is set out in three sections or a trinity if you will these are samadhi meditation sila morality and panna wisdom Much like Christianity Buddhism has diverged into three different forms or churches Mahayana Theravada and Vajrayana as opposed to Roman Catholic Protestant and Eastern Orthodox they all follow the same principles but Mahayana and Vagrayana are the more colourful containing more dancing movement art and singing Buddhism contains it own creed code and ceremony Its creed involves the four noble truths They are 1 Everyones life contains dukkha suffering suffering in Buddhism refers not only to physical pain aging sickness and death and to emotional pain like fear loss jealousy disappointment and unrequited love Suffering in the Buddhist sense is a pervasive condition No one escapes it Even enlightened teachers grow old suffer the pains of decay and die 2 Dukkha is caused by tanha selfishness a Buddhists definition of selfishness extends far beyond the sense of greed or clinging to something closer to what the Christian tradition would call pride--a self-centred isolation the separate selfhood ego in the worst sense 3 To stop tanha we have to stop dukkha If we could be released from selfishness we would be released from suffering When we fully face accept and lighten the self-amplified sufferings of our lives when we begin to experience life beyond our delusions and confusions a state of awakening or as Buddhists refer to it nirvana 4 To stop dukkha follow the Eightfold path Buddha taught a method
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