Comparing Buddhism And The Noble Eightfold Path

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"True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness" Albert Einstein. Religions such as Hinduism, Islam and Christianity follow the belief and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or Gods. Buddhism is an exception. Buddhism teaches one to live a moral life, to be mindful about one’s actions and to develop one’s wisdom and understanding. It can be argued Buddhism is more psychology than religion. This belief stems from the Noble Eight Fold Path and Buddhist Psychology.

The Noble Eightfold Path is the way one cultivates an understanding which will hopefully reduce suffering, creating a clearer perception of reality. Many professions have borrowed aspects from the Noble Eightfold path to eradicate human suffering: medicine, psychiatry, nursing and social work. In Buddhism, the Buddha refers to suffering in an emotional sense rather than a physical sense. Elements of Buddhism have been integrated into psychotherapeutic studies such as depression, clinical psychology, stress and anxiety. Unlike most religions, the Buddha requests one should not blindly
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In life, one dedicates their time towards material achievements including, but not limited to, careers, sports, art, money and social standing. Social relationships are an important factor in terms of happiness. This has been achieved by the increased comfort and pleasure caused by science and technology. Education is tailored to achieve these aims, yet it does not teach the key-factor of Buddhist Psychology, consciousness. Scientifically, consciousness focuses on the awareness and subjectivity of the individual. Traditionally, Right Concentration is achieved utilizing meditation. Scientific advancements have transformed one’s discursive thinking by examining the brain. It can be argued, the comforts of technology and material wealth have altered one’s view on