In some ways there is are many ways of practicing Buddhism and following The

In some ways there is are many ways of practicing

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follower to practice a worship journey called The Eightfold Path. In some ways there is are many ways of practicing Buddhism and following The Eightfold Path is one way of understanding how this religion worships. The first path requires individuals to acknowledge “the Four Noble truths [and use the] right knowledge” within the world (Smith 74). The second path after acceptance of these Four Truths is to live a live with the “right aspiration” (Smith 74). Acknowledgement of one’s speech and character opens up to the Suchodolski 3
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third path of “right speech,” which leads an individual follower into the four, fifth, and sixth paths that require them to live the “right behavior” and “right livelihood” (Smith 74). The seventh path “right mindfulness and the eighth “right absorption” are also other paths that require an individual to reflect upon themselves and their action upon the world (Smith 75). Through this path and a full acknowledgement of the world and individual Buddhist might be able to obtain liberation from samsara, but not if they are caught up in the craving their own liberation. In some ways Buddhist practices of meditational yoga are similar to Hinduism, but their whole acknowledgement ideas are vastly different. Even though Hinduism and Buddhism share a similar idea of a cycle of reincarnation, samsara, their main ideas about the world, themselves, and liberation are very different. Hinduism first of all believes that karma drives samsara, and will eventually come to an end for an individual if they seek to change their ways of affecting the world by seeking moksha. Buddhism on the other hand also believes that individuals are able to obtain liberation from samsara, but not through moksha, but instead through self-awareness and acknowledgement of the truths of the world and Buddha. These distinct similarities and differences tie both of these religions together, but also distinguish them as separate paths of a religious belief. Suchodolski 4
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