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Buddha Essay

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The teachings of Buddha are slightly different from those of other religions. Ultimately, it is focused on the clearing of ones mind and achieving a highly enlightened state called nirvana. This can be reached by doing many things. One of which is causing no harm to surrounding life. Also, the ability to control positive karma in their lives can increase their chances of reaching this state. Buddha stated the Four Noble Truths to explain the overall ideals that Buddhists must achieve. Also, he laid out an Eight Fold Path to help the Buddhist find his way to nirvana step-by-step. Yet, the notion of avoiding destruction of living objects is slightly difficult for me to understand.
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Things with positive karma will boost their own sense of karma and make them more fulfilled. Yet, the things with negative karma warn the Buddhists not to partake in these actions. Still, it is hard to think about not causing anything harm. We all do it everyday, whether we know it or not. Many things can suffer simply by progress of man through the ages. With new buildings and machines comes more destruction, but yet society seems still fine with what is continuing to happen.
The key concept of the Buddhist ideals is to reach ultimate nirvana through many different ways. The idea of suffering along with nirvana is among the Four Noble Truths taught by the Buddhists. Each of these truths must be followed in order to obtain the state of nirvana. Along with suffering is the thirst or craving for manly desires. This is another teaching of the Buddhists that sets them back on their path to nirvana. Yet to obtain nirvana, you must reach a complete cessation of craving. Finally, the last of the truths is the Eight Fold Path.
This path teaches the virtues that a Buddhist must have in order to reach their goals. It teaches one how to view life through understanding and thought. It also gives the student a guide that shows them how to conduct themselves. Whether it is through their speech, actions, livelihood, or efforts, their main target in their actions is self-control. They must first be able to control their bodies before they can control their minds. With the last two steps of the path being focused on meditation, the mind and your own...

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