Life of Buddhistpeople
Essence of Buddhist teaching
1. In people’s life, suffering is greater than happiness.
2. Suffering exists because of the desire to live.
3. Suffering can only be eliminated by the efforts of humans themselves.
4. The way to stop suffering is by taking the Noble Eightfold Path (Astaida) that comprises right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right moral effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
So the teachings of Buddhism are not far different from the teachings of Hinduism. But Buddhist teachings have some new elements, for instance the society. Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are called Triratna which means three pearls. One who wants to profess Buddhism is required to pronounce tridharma, or three duties as follows.
1. I search for protection from Buddha.
2. I search for protection from Dharma.
3. I search for protection from Sangha.
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