Sample Religious Studies Essay Paper on Buddhism


Buddhism is a non atheistic religion which is premised on beliefs, philosophies and practices which are based on teachings of Buddha. The Buddha lived in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Northern India from 563 to 483 B.C. Buddhism developed in India as a belief system outside of Hinduism about 2500 years ago.

The teachings are delineated in a set of writings in the Pali language which dates to the first century B.C. through the fifth century A.D. T.  The religion gives guidance and teachings which help its followers to achieve enlightenment through meditation, wisdom and self-control. We have several characteristics in the teachings which are: impermanence, selfishness and dissatisfaction.

Impermanence, this Buddhist doctrine expresses the transitory nature of all things, the undeniable fact that all objects, concepts, indeed everything in the world, are ever-changing and impermanent and this implies that there cannot be such a thing as a final authority or permanent truth. Selflessness, it applies to our innermost for the reason that the concept of selflessness is that there is no immortal soul and believes in the self that does not change and exists in each individual. The individual is, instead, a collection of elements, all of which are not constant but they change with time.

Dissatisfaction is a characteristic of existence based on the Buddhist beliefs and that it comes not from ourselves but not the world which is around us because it lies in the ego of individuals. The source of suffering lies within the individual and, more importantly, each individual has the power to do something about their dissatisfaction. The religion is premised on some truths which are that all life contains suffering, suffering is caused by our selfishness, we can escape suffering by rejecting worldly things, and the way to doing this is by avoiding all extremes in life.