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The Voice of Dissent: The Emergence of Buddhism

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The three major dissent movements that area a challenge Hinduism are Buddhism, Janism and materialism. Hinduism is adept at absorbing other movements. Buddhism claims that there is a teaching that makes it possible for you to reach the state of Nirvana which is liberation from all suffering. The founder of Buddhism is Siddhartha Gautama. The content of his teaching is the four noble truths and the eight-fold path.


I. Introduction

II. Defining Buddhism

III. Early History of Buddhism

A. Birth and chariot ride

B. 1st great renunciation

C. 2nd great renunciation

D. Enlightenment

1. Four stages of Dhayana

2. Six superknowledges

3. Turning the wheel of Dharma

III. Content of Buddha's Enlightenment: The Four Noble Truths

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