Imagine a religion that coincides with all other religions; a religion that has no qualms if you are of another faith/religion.
That religion is Buddhism.
Sounds like a very open spiritual path…one with no restrictions…take what you want…do what you want, right? Not really.
Buddhism allows someone of another religion to follow that faith…as long as they are following the Buddhist path, which is an understanding of the four Noble Truths:
- All existence involves suffering.
- The origin of suffering lies in desire and ignorance.
- By eliminating desire and ignorance, suffering can be destroyed.
- Release from suffering can be achieved by following the Eightfold Path.
The eight parts of the path are: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right behavior, right occupation, right effort, right contemplation and right concentration.
There is also something else called the Five Precepts, which are a series of moral rules by which Buddhists live:
- Not harming other living things
- Not to take what has not been given to you
- Avoid sexual misconduct
- Avoid unworthy speech (lying or speaking harmfully to or about others)
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
Do these all sound like rules and regulations? Yes! They all are simply spiritual and moral laws to bring about harmony while here on this plane and to prepare us for our next journey.
Everyone can benefit from Buddhism.
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