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September 29, 2014

Part One: Buddhism

1. The Question of Origin – In the Buddhist Worldview life and the world have no beginning or end. “There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our thoughts” (Russel, 1924) Creation occurs repeatedly throughout time.
2. The Question of Identity – The Buddhists believe that the mind is different from the body, and that the mind continues to exist even after the body has died. As long as this mind continues to live, then there is a prolongation of personifications. Buddhists ultimately want their mind to die, because when their mind is dead, there will be no more reincarnation for them.
3. The Question of Meaning/Purpose – Buddhism and Hinduism share a lot of beliefs. However, they differ in their meaning and their purpose. Buddhists believe suffering is real and the reason man is imprisoned to the sequence of reincarnation. Our purpose is to “eliminate suffering by eliminating desire” (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011). This can be achieved by following the four noble truths and the eightfold path, which lead to a state of Nirvana. Buddhists believe people suffer because they strive to hold on to things, which do not give everlasting happiness.
4. The Question of Morality – Morality is directly laced into Buddhist teachings. The Eightfold path connects to morality with the concepts of right speech, right action, and right livelihood. The five precepts of Buddhism also act as their moral code.
5. The Question of destiny - In the Buddhist Worldview, people’s destiny is not controlled by God but by people’s actions. The actions people take and the decisions they make, determine if we have good or bad karma. When people go through the cycle of reincarnation, it is karma that determines who they are…...

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