Essay by belleeliasHigh School, 11th grade September 2014

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Religious Tradition Studies, Buddhism Using examples from the origins and sacred texts and writings of Buddhism, explain how the core ethical teachings of Buddhism reflect the principle beliefs of Buddhism and its adherents. In your response demonstrate the diversity of expression within the main schools of Buddhism.

Buddhism is a way of life that offers many ethical teachings as guidelines throughout peoples lives. Many teachings from sacred texts of Mahayana, Vajrayana and Theravada Buddhism reflect the principal beliefs. The main idea of the Buddhist teachings, is essentially the whole idea of cause and effect. Buddhism believe that suffering is the cause, therefore the aim is to teach a way to eliminate this cause. These ethical and moral teachings are based upon the beliefs that are formed by The Three Jewels and The Four Noble Truths. The Three Jewels are the three elements that are central to Buddhism, that consist of the Buddha, the Dhamma and the sangha. The Four Noble Truths is a basic path that offers a guideline for people to achieve enlightenment. The steps provide a way out of suffering, this is called the The Noble Eightfold path. By walking the Noble Eightfold path and avoiding desire and asceticism, one is becoming a noble being without suffering. People are taught the ways of The Five Precepts to understand the fourth step of the Noble Eightfold path, right action. The Noble Eightfold path provides the adherents with a guideline for right living and gives them the opportunity to reach nirvana and break the cycle of Samsara.

The Origins - When Prince Siddhartha Gautama left the palace, he saw a poor man, a sick man, a dead man and a holy man. The holy man appeared to be happy and fulfilled with his life and upon seeing this the prince...