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What is buddhism?

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the usual, Western sense. Buddhist teachings are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. So Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, sexuality, or gender. There are many different forms of Buddhism, but all traditions are characterised by non-violence, lack of dogma, and tolerance of difference.

Introductions to Buddhism