Is Buddhism a religion, a philosophy, psychology, or a way of life?

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It is probably safest to say that Buddhism is both a religion and a way of life, as are many religions. Buddhism teaches that one should accept the Four Noble Truths:

  1. Life is suffering
  2. Suffering is caused by desire
  3. One can end suffering by ending desire
  4. One can end desire by following the eight-fold path.

The end result is a happier life. In addition, Buddhism...

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frankboase2 | Student

Sorry l got off the track there, but following on from my previous posting, Buddhism is more of an attitude, a way of life. It is definitely not a religious dogma.

frankboase2 | Student

Buddhism is certain not a religion. The word "religion" comes from the Latin "to bind", as in commit (bind) ones self to a particular point.

The entire point about Buddhism is to become 'unbound'. Free of conventions that the samsaric realm that is the world we take for 'real'.

A point with respect to the previous author, Buddhist are not re-incarnated, rather endure re-births, until we learn what has to be learnt.

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