Theravada Buddhism

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Theravada Buddhism
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Melissa Singer

Theravada Buddhism
Buddhism is one of the oldest and most influential religions in the world. It has had a great impact on an array of societies in eastern cultures. Buddhism began in India from the experience of one person originally named Siddhartha, who later became known as Buddha. It can be said that religion can help people to grasp and understand reality better. It can give inspiration to people and bring them together as one. Buddhism is one of the many religions today that can be said to have influenced many people.
What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhists practice what is called meditation which is a means of changing yourself in a way to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition of meditation a path which ultimately culminates to enlightenment. Those that practice Buddhism see the nature of reality clearly, just as it is, and live fully and naturally following that vision. Since Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator, or God, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The fundamental Buddhist teachings are straightforward and practical; nothing is permanent; actions have consequences, and change is possible. Buddhism adheres itself to all people regardless of race, nationality, class, sexuality, or gender. It teaches practical methods which enable people to realize and use its teachings to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives. There is a clear path that Buddhists must adhere to and follow, if they follow this path they will reach nirvana. The steps they must follow are; right understanding; right intention; right speech; right action; right work;…...

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