Buddhist Beliefs Revision

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  • Buddhist Beliefs Revision
    • Eight Fold Path
      • Can be remembered using the following acronym
        • U(nder) T(he) S(un) A L(ittle) E(lephant) M(akes) C(ake)
        • RIGHT: under-standing, thought, speech, action, livelihood, effort, meditation, concentration
        • If you follow the 8 fold path, you can break free from samsara and achieve Nirvana
    • Three Poisons
      • Hatred
        • Represented as a snake
      • Greed
        • Represented as a pig
      • Anger
        • Represented as a cockerel
      • These represent Mara's daughters
        • These daughters tempted the Buddha
          • When he was under the Bo Tree
        • Expressions of tanha (attachment)
    • Three Marks of Existence
      • Dukkha
        • Suffering
      • Anatta
        • No permanent self/soul
      • Anicca
        • The world always changes
    • Four Noble Truths
      • Dukka
        • Suffering exists
      • Samudaya
        • Suffering caused by tanha (attachment)
      • Nirodha
        • Suffering can end
      • Magga
        • 8 Fold Path
        • Follow magga to end suffering
    • Five Aggregates (also Skandhas)
      • Skandha means heap or group
      • 5 Aggregates make up human experience
      • Form, Sensation, Perception, Mental Activity, Conciousness
        • F(at) S(eagulls) P(eck) M(e) A(t) C(olyton)
      • Realising the 5 aggregates are empty (sunyata) allows a buddhist to cross the 'other shore' and realise Nirvana
        • Heart Sutta teaches this
    • Nirvana
      • Only enlightened beings
      • A state of no suffering, and is bliss/peaceful
      • Humans have the greatest opportunity to achieve Nirvana as they can make CONSCIOUS DECISIONS
      • The wisdom needed to to achieve Nirvana is represented buy the lotus flower
    • Samsara
      • Cycle of birth, death and rebirth
      • If you break free from cycle of samsara you become enlightened
      • Material world (this world) full of dukkha
      • There is a story which tells the tale of how rare it is to be a human
        • It describes how rare it would be for a blind sea turtle to stick its head in a basket in the whole ocean
          • Near impossible

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