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Introduction to Buddhism

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Three Jewels
1. Buddha – the Awakened One
2. Dharma – Buddha’s teachings
3. Sangha – Community of practice

Four Noble Truths
1. Life entails dissatisfaction
2. Dissatisfaction is a result of clinging
3. There is a possible end to dissatisfaction
4. The way to end dissatisfaction is the 8 fold path

The Path
1. Right view
2. Right thought
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration

Cardinal Precepts
1. Not killing
2. Not stealing
3. Not lying
4. No intoxicants
5. No sexual abuse

Three Marks of Existence
1. Impermanence
2. No abiding, separate self
3. Nirvana

Three Poisons
1. Greed
2. Hate
3. Delusion

Four Sublime States
1. Loving-kindness - Selfishness – Hatred
2. Compassion – Pity – Contempt
3. Celebration – Boredom – Jealousy
4. Equanimity – Indifference – Aversion

Four Bodhisattva Vows
1. Beings are numberless: I vow to awaken them
2. Delusions are inexhaustible: I vow to end them
3. Dharma gates are boundless: I vow to enter them
4. Buddha’s way is unsurpassable: I vow to become it

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