What are the core teachings of Theravada Buddhism and what are its beliefs?

Update:

Based on the two answers it is about being calm and peaceful with reasoning.

To achieve a calm cooperative attitude.

Thanks to both answers.

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  • 6 years ago
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    These two web-site will answer your question:

    What is Theravada Buddhism?

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/theravada.html

    Description of the Fundamental Beliefs of Theravada Buddhism

    http://people.opposingviews.com/description-fundam...

    And this web-page has a lot of information:

    Theravada

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada

    From the first web-page listed above, you will know Four Noble Truth and Noble Eightfold Path is the core teaching of Buddha. To practice the Right Mindfulness in the right way (with Right View) will be the most important factor to practice the Noble Eightfold Path, and practice the Noble Eightfold Path will pave the way to practice the Four Noble Truth.

    I answered an question related to the Noble Eightfold Path:

    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20140...

    We don't practice and try to change something; we practice and let the nature of our practices to reach the non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion life.

    We only observe, when we observe the process of worry, we will understand why the worry happened, so, we will know how not go the same path to reach this kind of 'worry'. Since we understand, we experience personally. Once someone is cut by a knife, will this person be careful with knife next time.

    We use the non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion to practice. We respect everything in this world, which it is happened with some reasons and conditions behind it. So, when we observe something happened, we know it happened, and try not to mix greed, hatred, or dilution into it. If there is something that we have to resolve, we face the problem and solve the problem. Even if, there is greed, hatred, or delusion bonded into our mind, when we find out, we try not to continue it from that time on. And we respect that, the ability is not there yet. Gradually, we will be changed toward non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion life.

    So, smile, relax, release and just try to be calm and peaceful all the time, observing will let us gain more knowledge and eventually gain some wisdom.

    Best regards!

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    The core teachings are the same as all the other traditions of Buddhism. What varies, are subtle differences in HOW they meditate.

    The teachings:

    The Four Noble Truths:

    1) Suffering (dissatisfaction, unhappiness, etc) happens to everyone

    2) Suffering has a cause .. WE are the cause

    3) Since there is a cause, there is a solution

    4) The solution is doing the practices of Buddhism.

    And most of the teachings are HOW to DO Buddhism. YOU do the learning.

    “One is a Buddhist if he or she accepts the following 4 truths:

    - All compounded things are impermanent.

    - All emotions are pain.

    - All things have no inherent existence.

    - Nirvana is beyond concepts.”

    (“What Makes You Not a Buddhist” by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse)

    As far as beliefs go, we all want to believe something .. it makes us feel "safe". And therefore, it is one of the causes of our suffering.

    Buddha told his followers to NOT blindly believe.

    Buddhism is something you DO, not a set of ideas nor a set of beliefs. And doing Buddhism gradually changes your profoundly in just the ways you would expect it to change you:

    The Buddhist “learns to watch changes occurring in all physical experiences, in feelings and in perceptions. He learns to study his own mental activities and the fluctuations in the character of consciousness itself. All of these changes are occurring perpetually and are present in every moment of our experiences. Meditation is a living activity, an inherently experiential activity. It cannot be taught as a purely scholastic subject.” (“Mindfulness in Plain English” by Venerable H. Gunaratana Mahayhera, a Theravadan Buddhist teacher)

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