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4 noble truths
To live is to suffer, suffering is caused by desire, suffering can be brought to cessation, the solution is the Eightfold path
Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not lie, Do not intoxicate one's self, Do not engage is sensuous actions
o Largest division
o For the masses
o Focus on the Buddha himself - divine salvation
o Believe in a deep connection with Buddha
o Believe in a pantheon of Buddhas
• Vajra - diamond scepter
o Believe you can attain nirvana here and now
o Primarily practiced in Tibet
o Believe that you can propel yourself to nirvana
• zen - patterned icons that excite
• Mudras - choreographed hand movements
• Mantras - chants
o Hierarchy of lamas
• Dalai Lama is the highest.
"The Way of the Elders"
• Follows earliest texts, original teachings, focus on individual
• Buddha is beyond reach of humans
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