Essay on Theravada Buddhism

761 Words Apr 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Theravada Buddhism
Angela Dodd
REL/133
03/14/2016
Melissa Singer

Theravada Buddhism
Buddhism is one of the oldest and most influential religions in the world. It has had a great impact on an array of societies in eastern cultures. Buddhism began in India from the experience of one person originally named Siddhartha, who later became known as Buddha. It can be said that religion can help people to grasp and understand reality better. It can give inspiration to people and bring them together as one. Buddhism is one of the many religions today that can be said to have influenced many people.
What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhists practice what
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It contains the earliest surviving record of Buddha's teachings and goes by many names. Buddha himself called the religion he founded Dhamma-Vinaya, which meant the doctrine and discipline of the two primary aspects of spiritual teaching he taught. The language of the Theravada texts is called Pali, which was spoken in central India during Buddha’s time. Buddha’s sermons were memorized instead of written; it wasn't until later in history that his teachings were committed to paper. Of course, it can never be proved that the Pali Canon contains the actual words uttered by Buddha. The wisdom the Canon contains has nevertheless served for centuries as an indispensable guide for millions of followers in their quest for awakening. Buddha based his teachings on a direct assessment of our quandary as humans that there is unhappiness and suffering in the world. If Buddha's teachings were to stop there, we might indeed regard them as pessimistic and life as utterly hopeless. However, Buddha offers hope to end suffering and unhappiness. The important point to keep in mind is that Buddha never denied that life holds the possibility of many kinds of beauty and happiness. He also recognized that the different types of happiness that most of us are used to cannot give us lasting satisfaction. Sometimes one must give up on one kind of happiness for something much better, which can be hard to understand if you do not understand Buddha's method. His

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