Buddhism

[ boo-diz-uh m, boo d-iz- ]
/ ˈbu dɪz əm, ˈbʊd ɪz- /

noun

a religion, originated in India by Buddha (Gautama) and later spreading to China, Burma, Japan, Tibet, and parts of southeast Asia, holding that life is full of suffering caused by desire and that the way to end this suffering is through enlightenment that enables one to halt the endless sequence of births and deaths to which one is otherwise subject.

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Buddhism

/ (ˈbʊdɪzəm) /

noun

a religious teaching propagated by the Buddha and his followers, which declares that by destroying greed, hatred, and delusion, which are the causes of all suffering, man can attain perfect enlightenmentSee nirvana

Derived Forms

Buddhist, noun, adjective
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Culture definitions for buddhism

Buddhism

[ (booh-diz-uhm, bood-iz-uhm) ]

A religion, founded by the Buddha, that emphasizes physical and spiritual discipline as a means of liberation from the physical world. The goal for the Buddhist is to attain nirvana, a state of complete peace in which one is free from the distractions of desire and self-consciousness. Buddhists are found in the greatest numbers in eastern Asia.

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