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The Buddha stated that several lives are required to achieve true nirvana, it can’t be accessed immediately. He also said: “the journey to nirvana is long and difficult, but the fruits of this spiritual quest are inner peace and harmony with all beings prior to nirvana and finally deliverance from suffering at nirvana”, Yamamoto (1994:n.p.) . The Buddha taught a practical way of deliverance from suffering because he believed that suffering dominates the lives of all human beings, Yamamoto (1994:n.p.) . 5.6 The major different schools of Buddhism One of the major Buddhism schools is Theravada, where they try to maintain the essence of the Buddha's teachings without indulging in further revelations. 10
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The turning point for in Southeast Asia. First, the faith of the Buddhists was revived in reaction to the challenge of Christian missionaries who introduced their religion. Second, profound thinkers emerged to defend the ancient religion. Third, the translation of the Pali texts into Western languages gave it strength to spread beyond its Asian borders, Yamamoto (1995:n.p.) . Today there are about 120 million adherents of Theravada Buddhism, principally in Southeast Asia. In either case, most of these people are either first or second generation Americans, and most of them are also Buddhists of some type, Yamamoto (1995:n.p.) . One of the most popular forms of Buddhism is Zen Buddhism. As one of the many schools of Mahayana Buddhism, the primary goal of Zen is to achieve personal enlightenment by meditating upon specific illogical phrases. Zen’s emphasis on self-effort, contemplative experience, and detachment from one’s desires appeals to many Westerners, who have abandoned rational philosophies and religious dogmas for a religion that stresses "nonthinking.", Yamamoto (1995:n.p.) . 5.7 How to evangelize Buddhists If it is a Buddhist who follows the Theravada branch he will have an animistic mindset which in turn will lead to further spiritual bondage. A practical way of ministering to such a person would be to explain that we can cast out the spirits, as Jesus did in His early ministry, not fearing them. These Buddhists have a understanding of the doctrines of Buddhism and are most likely concerned with their rituals according to their religion and culture customs, influenced by animistic beliefs, Yamamoto (1994:n.p.) . The Zen Buddhists can be reached through their hearts, not their souls. According to Yamamoto (1995:n.p.) , when the Holy Spirit touches their hearts, their minds will also be awakened. 11
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One way to accomplish evangelizing a Buddhist is asking a series of questions relating different aspects of faith. Through listing, this method will help you to gain their confidence and also give light on the weakness of their faith and then be able to plant seeds of doubt and of hope, Yamamoto (1995:n.p.) .
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