Buddhism : Buddhism, Hinduism, And The Old Folk Religion Of Thailand

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Buddhism is recognized as the nation religion of Thailand, with over 90% of the population identifying themselves as a Buddhist. Although the government never officially declared Buddhism to be the national religion, the king is required to be Buddhist. Buddhism in Thailand is modeled after the Theravada school of Buddhism and incorporates ideals from Mahayana Buddhism, Hinduism, and the old folk religion of the people. Buddhism originated in India and since then has spread all over the world, inspiring societies and cultures everywhere. Buddhism however is not a religion, The Oxford Dictionary of English defines religion as “The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” Buddhism does not fit this description.
It is important to understand what Buddhism is in comparison to a religion like Christianity. Buddhism is seen to be more of a study of life and Buddha is the teacher. Buddha teaches his followers the tips and tricks on how to live a peaceful life and how to reach nirvana through his experiences. There is no god in Buddhism, whereas in other religions, followers look to a god or multiple gods for help in times of need, Buddha teaches his followers that you must only rely on oneself. Buddhism relies around the teachings of the Buddha and not the Buddha himself, in comparison to other religions such as Christianity that have one defined god and the devotion of the religion is directed at him; the devotion in Buddhism…

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