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Unformatted text preview: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism Three other religions of the Far East include Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism . These ethical religions have no gods like Yawheh or Allah, but espouse ethical and moral principles designed to improve the believer's relationship with the universe. Buddhism originates in the teachings of the Buddha, or the Enlightened One (Siddhartha Gautama) a 6th century B.C. Hindu prince of southern Nepal. Humans, according to the Buddha, can escape the cycles of reincarnation by renouncing their earthly desires and seeking a life of meditation and self-discipline. The ultimate objective of Buddhism is to attain Nirvana , which is a state of total spiritual satisfaction. Like Hinduism, Buddhism allows religious divergence. Unlike it, though, Buddhism rejects ritual and the caste system. While a global religion, Buddhism today most Buddhism rejects ritual and the caste system....
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- Fall '09