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I. Modern Buddhism is a resilient religion that differs much from modern Seventh-Day Adventists; but, there are some similarities between the two religions.

II. History of Buddhism

A. Buddhism originated in northern India in the 5th century B.C.E

1. . Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism and is a ‘Dharmic’ religion.

a. The (Buddhism) tradition traces its origin to Siddhartha Gautama (or Gotama), who is typically referred to as the Buddha (literally the "Awakened" or "Enlightened One").

i. Siddhartha observed the suffering in the world and set out to find an antidote.

ii. Through meditation and analysis, he attained an enlightened state of being that marked the end of attachments (and therefore suffering), and ultimately, upon his death, release from the cycle of rebirth (samsara).

b. The Buddhist canon consists of a vast corpus of texts that cover philosophical, devotional, and monastic matters.

2. There are currently three major branches of the tradition — the Theravada ("Doctrine of the Elders"), the Mahayana ("Great Vehicle), and the Vajrayana ("Diamond Vehicle," often simply called "Tibetan Buddhism")

B. Concept of deity(s) and Practices

1. Instead of deities, Devas or celestial beings are accepted as those suffering in the samsara.

2. Buddhists practice Threefold Training: Morality, Concentration, and Wisdom.

C. Principle and Goal of religion

1. Principle - life is suffering, and the only way to escape from this suffering is to dispel one's cravings and ignorance by practicing the Eightfold Path.

2. Goal - To attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana.

III. History of Seventh Day…...

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