- My own interest has been in the actual practice of Buddhism in Buddhist lands today.
- The goal of Buddhism is nirvana, a transcendence of the confines of mind and body.
- Much of Kendo's philosophy is drawn from Zen and from Buddhism and from Shintoism.
Buddhism has no god, and gives a central role to the doctrine of karma. The ‘four noble truths’ of Buddhism state that all existence is suffering, that the cause of suffering is desire, that freedom from suffering is nirvana, and that this is attained through the ‘eightfold path’ of ethical conduct, wisdom, and mental discipline (including meditation). There are two major traditions, Theravada and Mahayana.
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