April 14, 2015
Dr. William Sunday
University of Phoenix Material
Write a 1- to 2-paragraph response for each of the following.
1. Explain the basic Buddhist teachings including the three marks of reality, the Four Noble Truths, and the Noble Eightfold Path. Across all the schools of Buddhism, there is a set of fundamental teachings that are commonly held. The first is that all of reality bears three characteristics: that the world is constantly changing, nothing possessed a permanent identity, and that life is suffering. The realization of these 3 mark of reality is essential to the formation of the basic understandings of Buddhism. Buddha taught these basic beliefs as the four noble truths, made to remind his followers of the nature of reality. These truths are that to live is to suffer, that suffering comes from desire, that to end suffering, one must end desire, and that release from suffering is possible, and can be attained, by following the noble eightfold path. The noble eightfold path is a set of guidelines developed to lead Buddhists on a path to nirvana. The eight steps are Right Understanding, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Work, Right Effort, Right Meditation, and Right Contemplation. These steps all hold the similar themes of remembering the truths of this world, of taking ever reasonable action to reduce the suffering in the world, and always move towards improvement and nirvana (Molloy, 2013).
Along with the previous teaching, Buddhism also shares the belief of ahimsa with other Indian religions. Ahimsa is the belief of nonviolence, which Buddhism justifies by reminding followers that all life experience suffering and additional pain is not needed in this world. Also, Buddhism teaches the belief in the cycle of rebirth, however, without a belief in a soul; Buddhists believe it is the parts of the individual’s personality that reform in...
References: Molloy, M. (2013). Experiencing the world’s religions: Tradition, challenge, and change (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Inc..
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