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Buddhism is the 4th largest religion in the world. It is now practiced in Asia and primarily China. Buddhism was founded in Northern India by Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha was born a prince near the Himalayas in the Sakyas Clan; his dad was the king of this clan. Siddhartha Gautama was raised Hindu and believed in reincarnation. Gautama married young and when he had a son he had four visions that inspired him to find a spiritual solution to stop human suffering. Siddhartha left his family to solve the four visions. Siddhartha first tried meditation, but it couldn’t last forever. After trying meditation, he joined a Brahmanism group where he learned breath control and fasting. This didn’t work and he was still trying to reach Nirvana which is when you stop suffering. When he was 35 while sitting under a tree Gautama said he could recall his past reincarnations and see the good and bad deeds he did. After this he became known as “Lord Buddha.” After reaching Nirvana he started teaching his findings to whoever would listen. The main beliefs of Buddhist are that reincarnation is real, rebirth is different every time, and if a person releases their attachment to desire and self they can then attain Nirvana. The practices of Buddhist are Sila, Samadhi, Nirodha, and Magga. Buddhist also believe in the eight fold path which says:
1. Understand the 4 noble truths
2. Follow right path
3. Follow the right speech; no lying, criticism, etc.
4. Use the right conduct; follow 5 precepts
5. Support yourself without harming others
6. Promote good thoughts
7. Beware of your body, mind , and feelings
Buddhist also live by the five precepts, which are do not kill, steal, lie, misuse sexual relationships, or consume alcohol or drugs.
* Monotheistic system of beliefs and practices...