- The Four Noble Truths
- The Noble Eightfold Path
- The Three Universal Characteristics of Existence
Based on the Buddhist sutra and vinaya traditions and works of Abhidharma in the Theravāda and Mahāyāna traditions a comprehensive cosmological system was developed. The two fundamental core is physical and mental. Surrounding the universe was a vast expanse of water, and surrounding the water was a vast expanse of wind.
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What is Karma? How May One Manipulate, Escape or Circumvent it?
Buddhism is founded on the understanding that all life in the universe is subject to moral causality, a process that links present actions to future consequences, both in this life and in the lives to come. This force is karma, a word meaning “deeds”, but also their consequence, the individual’s cumulative balance of puṇya (“merit”/good karma) and pāpa (“demerit”/bad karma).
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What is Emtpiness?
The concept of śunyata or “emptiness” can be found in nascent form in Early Buddhism with the doctrine of Non-Self, i.e. anātman, which holds that each individual is empty of any permanent, fixed identity. It is further argued that the analytical thinking in which we habitually engage will produce ideas, interpretations, opinions, and so on, that we will cling to because of their plausibility.
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