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Beliefs



Sacred Narratives

Buddhist sacred narratives include the life story of the Buddha, stories about his past lives, and stories he told as a teacher as recorded in the sutras.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

There are varying and sometimes contradictory notions of ultimate reality in Buddhism. There are scholarly interpretations and popular interpretations, interpretations within different countries and in different eras.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

Human nature is illustrated by the Buddhist teaching of dependent origination, or arising, which shows how poisonous mental states give rise to suffering.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

In Buddhism, there is no "problem of evil." Suffering is a normal part of life, but the nature of suffering is determined by how one responds to it.

Afterlife and Salvation

There is no consistent notion of the afterlife or salvation in Buddhism. It varies according to country, era, and individual perspective.

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