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How do contemporary Buddhist practices reflect the

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How do contemporary Buddhist practices reflect the foundations of the religion?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
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Expert:  tex-eng replied 8 years ago.
HelloCustomer hope you are doing well,

For the people who practice Buddhism rather than a religion it's more a whole life style. Buddhism incorporates a lot of different practices and rituals that reflect the difficulties of life and the painful experiences of the human soul seeking Buddha Dhamma-Vinaya.

Buddhism is intended to peaceful, conscious life, with human happiness and compassion being the main streams of devotion. Meditation is very important as it comes straight from the experiences and teachings of Buddha himself. In addition to meditation, some schools of Buddhism have developed a variety of other ritual and devotional practices inspired or influenced by the existing religious cultures of India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet. In practice, Buddhism teachings suggest passivism, avoiding negative actions, taming your own mind and pursuing the ideal and the perfect. According to Buddha's teachings these will prevent us from harming ourselves and others. Seeking for the higher state our minds are motivated with other beneficial attitudes like a strong feeling of universal love, understanding the general harmony of the universe and a calm and deep personality.

Buddhist practice rejects the presence of a God like in the Christianity or Islam. In fact there are no extreme moral rules but rather moral guidelines. The Basic Teachings of Buddhism are the Four Noble Truths, the Kalama Sutta, and the Eightfold Path. The First Truth is to understand the unavoidable suffering and pain which lives in the birth and death cycle. In order to avoid the suffering one need to abandon the self-identity and meditate.

You may also take a look at the page below which contains a very nice summary of Buddhism:
http://www.onelittleangel.com/wisdom/quotes/buddhism.asp?level=2

Hope this helps and if you need further assistance let me know.
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