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The Five Precepts:

1. I undertake to abstain from taking life

2. I undertake to abstain from taking what is not freely given

3. I undertake to refrain from the misuse of the senses

4. I undertake to abstain from wrong speech

5. I undertake to abstain from drugs and alcahol that cloud the mind

The Noble Eighthfold Path:

The Way of Wisdom - 

  • Right View
  • Right intention

The Way of Morality-

  • Right Speech
  • Right action
  • Right Livelihood

The Way of Mental Training-

  • Right Concentration
  • Right mindfullness
  • Right Effort

The Three Universal Truths:

Annica - Impermanence

Anatta - No Self

Dukkah- Suffering

The Four Noble Truths:

Dukkah - suffering

Samudaya - Origin of suffering

Nirodha - Cessation of suffering

Magga-  The way to the cessation of suffering

Buddhists should act with metta ( loving kindness) and karuna ( compassion)

No specific teachings about creation - buddha believed the answer he would give would be mere speculation

Buddhists do not believe in a creator God

Paticcasamupada - dependant origination - therefore do not see human beings as seperate from the environment - all life is interdependent.  

Greed and ignorance ( 2 of the 3 poisons) keeps us tied to the wheel of samsara ( samsara is passing from one body to another in the cycle of life) 

The law of kamma or karma states that our actions have consequences , the idea that we have been born many times and are likely to be born again is more likely to encourage buddhists to consider the long term effects…

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