by Ben:

Answer by priscilafreakinrox
I answered a question just like this earlier:
Buddhism is an atheistic religion, they meditate often (it’s their form of prayer), they believe in reincarnation, and their goal is to achieve nirvana, not heaven.

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  • Buddhists practice Buddhism, not necessarily as a philosophy or a religion, per-se, but as a way of life. Practicing Noble Eightfold Path, especially Mindfulness {Insight) Meditation and Lovingkindness Meditation, helps us to see into the true nature of reality. *Anyone who wishes to learn more about Buddhism-please read: “What Buddhists Believe” By: Dr. K. Sri Dhammanada which is available at Buddhanet’s Website: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/whatbelieve.pdf It covers the Life and Nature of The Buddha, His Message, Timeless Truth of The Buddha, Buddhist Doctrines, Leading a Buddhist Life, Buddhist Morality and Practice, Dharma and Ourselves as Refuge, Nature-Value and Choice of Religious Beliefs, No Sinner, The God-Idea, Prayer and Meditation, Human Life in Society, Promoter of True Human Culture, and other Realms of Existence. This is most definately one of the best books written for anyone who wishes to learn more about what Buddhists believe.

  • We don’t have a main focus on God or Gods but most of us are agnostic or atheistic. We believe in karma and reincarnation and for most of us the goal is to reach Nirvana. Some Mahayana Buddhists (such as I) aren’t to bothered. We meditate as we believe it cleares the mind. We believe that the better your life is means you were kind in the last life and the kinder you are in this life the better you’re next life’ll be.

  • If you want to know about Buddhism… ASK A BUDDHIST!
    1st.- Buddhism is NOT a religion in the sense that it does not speculate on the ultimate nature of the universe or in the existence of a god or gods. The Buddha did not see it as being relevant to life here on Earth… Christians take note please. Buddhism is concerned with the way that a person actually lives their life and conducts their affairs… without attachments or illusions. The 4 Noble Truths, the 5 precepts and the 8-fold path are among the key ‘tenants’ of Buddhism.. but it is a malleable (expandable) philosophy that encourages expansion and new insights among its adherents. Again, Christians please take note here….dogma is suppressive.
    Karma, reincarnation/re-birth and impermanence are other key concepts but again, the entire focus of Buddhism is on life as it is lived. Compassion, non-judgment and equanimity are absolutely essential in the pursuit of karmic merit. Non-violence, peace and self awareness… pretty cool concepts if I don’t say so myself.

  • Buddhism is one of the oldest manifestations of Atheism; the newest being the philosophy of naturalism being preached by Dawkins and Hitchens.

  • The Four Noble Truths.

    1. Life is suffering
    2. Suffering stems from attachment
    3. Suffering can be escaped.
    4. Escape from suffering comes from living by the Noble Eightfold Path, that is to say: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.

  • Buddhism, as traditionally conceived, is a path of liberation attained through insight into the ultimate nature of reality. It is a religion or spiritual philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha (Pali/Sanskrit “the awakened one”). Adherents recognize the Buddha as an awakened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering, achieve nirvana, and escape what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth.

  • they think that there is life after death and that’s why they never kill animals, harm others. their belief is ‘if we do something good something good will happen to us and if we do something bad bad things will happened to us’.
    🙂

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