The foundations of Buddhism are built upon the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. The Four Noble Truths are a summary of the things that the Buddha witnessed and examined in his life, such as Dukkha or suffering, Dukkha is the result of tanha or selfish desire, the cure is get rid of tanha and to get rid of tanha you must follow the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path involves eight steps to reach nirvana, including right knowledge, right aspiration, right speech, right behavior, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right absorption. Buddha was born in India, Buddhism shares similar ideas as Hinduism such as the belief of rebirth through many lives by way of abandoning attachment. However, Buddhism emphasizes that there is no permanence in anything, and therefore there is no such thing as an atman or eternal soul like in Hinduism. Nirvana is not focused on union with God or becoming absolute, but instead achieving enlightenment and rebirth into the realms of desires, realms of hungry ghosts, and the hells depending on one’s karma.
I share a similar perspective to the Buddhist belief that positive or righteous actions generate positive karma or potential in the future. I feel that this belief ties closely together with my viewpoint of how treating other people and living things respectfully and compassionately creates a ripple effect. By being a positive person through our thoughts, speech, and actions, we are creating positive energy for ourselves and others and encouraging one another to share good works. Another idea of Buddhism that I agree with is how a life of positive karma, or good works and life choices, is met with positive results in the afterlife.
The Buddhist principle of the Eightfold Path is one that I want to apply to my life as it promotes ethics, self-discipline, compassion, and wisdom through eight steps. I agree with the intentions of this principle to develop a peaceful and moral conduct for people to follow. Like the Eightfold Path teaches, I want to abstain from wrongful or harmful speech, actions, and lifestyles. I want to be hardworking, diligent, and mindful of myself and of my surroundings as well as thoughtful and compassionate. I believe that it encourages me to lead a benevolent and altruistic lifestyle and develop stronger relationships with my loved ones and my community.