Buddhism was founded by Siddartha Gautama, now called The Buddha, around the 5th century BCE (which is also when the Jewish tradition was being codified in the Torah). The Buddha’s teachings centered on a more moderate version of the Hinduism practiced in the region at the time — which is why Hinduism and Buddhism share several basic concepts (like karma, dharma, and rebirth).
Much of the Buddha’s teachings focus on acknowledging and ending the causes of suffering (Four Noble Truths) and exercising self-restraint while cultivating compassion (Noble Eightfold Path).
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In my community, there is both a Zen Buddhist community and a Tibetan Buddhist community. Here are a few posts I’ve written about my personal experiences at each.
Rohatsu: A Celebration of the Buddha’s Enlightenment
My Morning at Great Tree Zen Temple: Great for Kids, Too!
Prayer in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Making Sand Mandalas with Kids: My Troubles with the Buddhist Chakpur
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