Topic: The Buddhism
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about some main beliefs of one of the most popular religions, the Buddhism.
Thesis: From Buddhism to any individual, the Buddhism and Buddhist beliefs become one of the most influential religions in the world. i. Introduction A. Attention Getter: “God said, let there be light: and there was light.” For Christians, Jesus is their only God. However, as the founder of another famous religion, the Buddha was not a God and never claimed to be. He said everyone can become a Buddha and he was just here to show people the path to get Nirvana, which means heaven. Christianity is so popular in the U.S, almost everyone knows Jesus
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So secondly, let’s discuss the basic beliefs of Buddhism. Which are the Four Noble Truths. 1. The first Noble Truth is called “Dukkha” which is generally translated as “The Noble Truth of Suffering”. a. According to Rahula’s book “What the Buddha Taught”, many people misunderstanding Dukkha as nothing but suffering and pain. b. Dukkha as the first noble truth is not just suffering, it relates to the temporary, conditional and unpredictable nature of life. 2. The Second Noble Truth is the attachment that causes sufferings. a. All sufferings are a result of attachment. We search for something outside our realms of life. Even we don't know what we want. b. Frustration and pain creeps in when desires are unmet. The more attached we're to things, the more we suffer. 3. The third Noble Truth is the detachment that ends sufferings. a. Buddhism stresses on the importance of being aware of attachments in life. Eventually, they cause sufferings. b. Once we realize attachment brings sufferings, we must detach ourselves from attachments, desires and expectations. 4. The forth Noble Truth is “the path” leading to the cessation of Dukka. a. According to Maya Pillai, in her article, to end one’s suffering and attain nirvana, people should follow the “Eight-fold path”. b. The “Noble Eight-fold path” emphasizes on focusing one’s mind on being