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Basics of Buddhism. The Four Noble Truths The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings, though they leave much left unexplained.

Basics of Buddhism

They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. More simply put, suffering exists; it has a cause; it has an end; and it has a cause to bring about its end. The notion of suffering is not intended to convey a negative world view, but rather, a pragmatic perspective that deals with the world as it is, and attempts to rectify it.

The five major world religions - John Bellaimey. Religions - Christianity: Jesus. 5 Major World Religions - See What These Different Religions Believe about God. By Marilyn Adamson We all want to make it through life with success, some sense that we did it right.

5 Major World Religions - See What These Different Religions Believe about God

So what about the major world religions? Is there anything in them that might give our lives greater depth and direction? Major religious groups. The world's principal religions and spiritual traditions may be classified into a small number of major groups, although this is by no means a uniform practice.

Major religious groups

Internet History Sourcebooks Project. The History of the Sephardic Communities The New World Diaspora General 19th Century WEB Walnut Street 19th Century Jewish-American history, poetry and fiction, polemics and philosophy.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Has an online library of 19th century Jewish books. WEB Jews in the Civil War Contains an impressive collection of original texts from both Union and Confederate sides. Catechism for Jewish Children 1863 [At Walnut Street] Yiddish Culture WEB Yiddish-Language Playscripts [At LOC] American Zionism Milton Steinberg: The Creed of An American Zionist, The Atlantic Magzine, Feb, 1945 [At The Atlantic Magazine, subscription required] WEB AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)

HISTORY OF JUDAISM. Judaism 101. Where to Start There are over eighty web pages on this site, comprising over 300 pages of text, a virtual book of information on Judaism.

Judaism 101

That's a lot of information! Where should you start? That depends on what you're looking for: Just browsing? If you're not sure what you're looking for, and you just want to see what's available on this site, look through the Table of Contents. Looking for something specific? If you are looking for something specific, I have a Search Engine for this site. Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced? Judaism 101 was originally created as an introduction to Judaism for people with little or no knowledge. Judaism. Judaism. Religion: Religions. Religion: Christianity. Quran - Holy Book of Islam. Islam Guide: A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam, Muslims, & the Quran. Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence. Written by: Nancy Khalek One of the most salient features of Sunni Islam is its emphasis on following and adhering to the custom and traditions of the Prophet (the Sunna).

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

An essential aspect of this adherence is the emulation of Muhammad in everyday life. This, in part, is based on the general Islamic view that Muhammad represented the epitome of good character, that he was, in fact, sent as a prophet in order to teach people how to perfect their character. The idea of the Prophet as a model for behavior, ritual and otherwise, is an important part of Sunni devotion. Aside from the basic tenets to which all Muslim denominations subscribe, Sunnis prioritize cultivating a relationship with Muhammad as a guide for certain aspects of behavior based on the Sunna.

Although worshipful Muslims often express their "relationship" with the Prophet as one based on affection or even love, this is not meant to imply that he is still alive or accessible to human beings. Religion: Islam. Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art. The Sacred Texts of Buddhism. The Buddhist Centre. – BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London. Worship BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to the worship of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the millennia-old practice of the Hindu faith.

– BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London

Its cycle of daily ceremonies, weekly assemblies and year-round festivals make it a place of vibrant and joyous devotion, learning and celebration for the whole community. Arti & Abhishek Timings Arti Timings Mangala: 6.00am Shangar: 7.30am Rajbhog: 11.45am Sandhya: 7.00pm Shayan: 8.30pm Abhishek Timings 9.30am to 12 noon 4.00pm to 5.30pm Please note that the Mandir is open to visitors from 9.00am to 6.00pm only. Murti Darshan Timings The Mandir and Haveli are open to the public from 9.00am to 6.00pm throughout the year, including Bank Holidays. Murti Darshan Open 9.00am - 11.00am Murti Darshan Closed for Thal 11.00am - 11.45am Murti Darshan Open for Arti 11.45am -12.30pm Murti Darshan Closed Mon to Fri: 12.30pm - 4.00pm Sat & Sun: 12.30pm - 3.30pm Up to 6.30pm Sacred Images. Buddhist Monk. The Hindu Universe - Hindu Resource Center.

Guide for Educators. BBC - My Faith: Hinduism. My journey to finally becoming a Yogi or monk in the 'Sanatana Dharma' (Hindu) tradition, commenced late in 1968, when I started attending classes in Buddhist meditation and philosophy in London.

BBC - My Faith: Hinduism

I went on to train with various teachers in the Buddhist tradition, spending a short time as a samanera or novice monk in the Thai Buddhist tradition, and finally, in 1983, ordaining as a monk in the Zen tradition. All through my practice and training, there had always been something missing, although I couldn't put my finger on it. Then by chance, while on retreat in Darjeeling, in 2001, I picked up a copy of the Hindu text, the Bhagavad-Gita.

Reading this changed everything, as I discovered what had been missing in my personal spiritual practice. Religious pluralism. Religious pluralism is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society.

Religious pluralism

It can indicate one or more of the following: As the name of the worldview according to which one's religion is not the sole and exclusive source of truth, and thus the acknowledgement that at least some truths and true values exist in other religions.As acceptance of the concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid. This may be considered a form of either toleration (a concept that arose as a result of the European wars of religion) or moral relativism.The understanding that the exclusive claims of different religions turn out, upon closer examination, to be variations of universal truths that have been taught since time immemorial.

Definition and scope[edit] Religious pluralism, to paraphrase the title of a recent academic work, goes beyond mere toleration. History[edit]