Is Buddhism different from other religions?


Question: Is Buddhism different from other religions or philosophies? What

is contained in the Buddhist teachings that you do not find anywhere else?

Answer: Through Buddhism we learn about realities which can be directly

experienced. Buddhism does not teach particular concepts we have to believe

in, but it teaches the development of understanding of all realities within

and around ourselves. Thus, we can verify the truth. Buddhism teaches the

real causes of all that happens in our lives, such as gain and loss, praise and

blame, honour and dishonour, misery and well-being. We learn that pleasant

and unpleasant experiences through the senses are the results of kamma, the

good and bad deeds committed in the past. Everything that happens in our

lives has conditions. Through Buddhism we learn about cause and effect.

When we understand more about conditions we can face difficult situations in

life and develop more wholesome states of mind.


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