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.