Having grown up in wealth and then living a life of extreme asceticism, the Buddha found no peace. He arrived at a middle way and for his Dharma he proposed the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. This would break the samsara cycle and lead to nirvana. The challenge is putting the Buddha’s Dharma into action.

Main discussion questions for the week:

Theravada Buddhism is about mindfulness and meditation. Mahayana Buddhism is about compassion guided by wisdom.

  • Discuss how either Theravada or Mahayana Buddhism can apply the principles of the Eightfold Path to daily living.
  • Which system would you choose to live by? Why?

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