World Religions: Buddhism. What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a major world religion. It is the 4 th largest religion of the world 300,000,000 followers It

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<ul><li>Slide 1</li></ul> <p>World Religions: Buddhism Slide 2 What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a major world religion. It is the 4 th largest religion of the world 300,000,000 followers It explains the purpose of life, injustices and inequality around the world. It also helps people by providing a way of life that will lead to true happiness. Slide 3 The History of Buddhism Started 2500 years ago by a prince named Buddah. He was very unhappy in his royal life, so he set off on a 6 year journey, exploring other religions. After his long journey and much meditation he was finally enlightened. He found the middle path, the key to human happiness. For the rest of his life he wandered Asia, preaching his new religion. Slide 4 What Did Buddha Teach? He taught the 4 Noble truths which sum up Buddhism religion He also taught the noble 8 Fold Path He taught people to lead a moral life, be aware of thoughts and actions, and to develop wisdom and understanding He also taught the 5 Precepts Slide 5 What are the Four Noble Truths? 1.Life is suffering You cant live without death, frustration, etc. 2.Suffering is caused by craving and aversion Getting what you want doesnt guarantee happiness, it deprives you of it 3.Suffering can be overcome, and true happiness attained If we stop craving useless things, and live each day at a time (not living in the future) we will be happy and free. 4.The Noble eight fold path leads to the end of all suffering Slide 6 The Noble Eightfold Path It taught 8 simple rules: 1.To have a right understanding 2.To have right thoughts 3.To use right speech 4.To do right actions 5.To deal with right livelihood 6.To give a right effort 7.To have a right mindfulness 8.To use the right meditation Slide 7 The 5 precepts This is the moral code of the Buddhists 1.Do not take the life of anything living 2.Do not take anything not freely given 3.Abstain from sensual overindulgence 4.Refrain from untrue speech 5.Avoid intoxication Do not lose mindfulness </p>