What do Buddhists Believe?
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Religious beliefs are important in Buddhism, but its important doctrines aren't necessarily the same as those of other world religions. For example, because Buddhism isn't monotheistic, it doesn't have doctrines about God like Judaism, Christianity, and Islam do. Nevertheless, beliefs are still central to the Buddhist worldview. The beliefs that are emphasized in the Buddhist religion mostly concern human nature and ultimate reality. These concepts are of the highest priority to adherents.
The Buddha himself was called the "Enlightened One." After he became enlightened, he taught that the way to eliminate suffering begins with understanding the true nature of the world.
However, the Buddha considered knowledge important only insofar as it remains practical. He rejected speculation about such matters as God, the nature of the universe, and the afterlife, urging his followers to focus instead on the Four Noble Truths by which they can free themselves from suffering.
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However, disbelief in a creator God does not mean that Buddhism is atheistic.
Life is a journey.
Death is a return to earth.
The universe is like an inn.
The passing years are like dust.
Regard this phantom world
As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp - a phantom - and a dream
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