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Is Buddhism a religion?

Can you identify Buddhism as a religion? Why or why not? How does it contrast with other traditional religions?

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1. Can you identify Buddhism as a religion? Why or why not? How does it contrast with other traditional religions?

Buddhism is NOT a religion in the sense in which that word is commonly understood, for it is not "a system of faith and worship owing any allegiance to a supernatural being." This makes it different from most religions.

1. Instead, Buddhism does not demand blind faith from its adherents. Rather, blind belief is substituted by confidence based on knowledge, which, in Pali, is known as saddha.

2. Instead, a Buddhist seeks refuge in the Buddha because it was he who discovered the path of deliverance. A Buddhist does not seek refuge in the Buddha with the hope that he will be saved by his (i.e. the Buddha's own) personal purification. The Buddha gives no ...

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This solution discusses if Buddhism is a religion and how it contrast with other traditional religions.

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