Buddhism is in many respects a
unique religion. Its
leaps of logic and faith often take much study and
contemplation to even begin to comprehend. At the center is the belief in the teachings Buddha—namely
the four noble truths and the eightfold path of
there are differing opinions among the various schools
of Buddhism, all adhere to at least these two ideals.
In short the four noble truths are:
There is suffering in the world.
The eightfold path of enlightenment
consists of the following ideas:
right action, right composure, right effort,
right knowledge, right livelihood, right mindfulness,
right speech, and right though.
Unlike many religions, the Buddha
is not seen as a prophet spouting revelations directly
from the Almighty. Though well loved and cherished, he is not of divine
origins but is an enlightened soul that has migrated
through many lifetimes.
His revelations came not from the outside, but
rather from introspection.
There are two major schools of
are Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism.
Theravada is closer in nature to the original
sense of the religion, its devotees do not believe in
idolizing the Buddha and scoff at rituals of any sort.
Theirs is a strict and difficult path to follow.
Mahayana, while it diverges slightly from the
Buddha's teachings, is far more liberal in its approach.
Incorporating the original belief systems of the
converted, it is a simpler path to follow and so is more
prolific through out the world.
There is also a third school that
is worth mentioning here.
That is the school of Mantrayana.
While it shares many aspects of Mahayana Buddhism
it is consumed with the idea of rituals and the occult.
It is said some of these practitioners can
perform great magic.
There is not much difficulty in
incorporating Buddhism into the Children of Fire world.
The Mahayana Buddhists believe in Bodhisattva
(spirits). These can easily be transformed into the idea of angels and
the magic inherent in Mantrayan Buddhism can be seen as
an offshoot of Solomonic Sorcery using the same
mechanical style as this discipline.
Where one comes across a bit of difficulty is in the perception of the afterlife. Buddhists believes in reincarnation, but it differs greatly from the Hindu concept. Buddhists believe all things are a sum of their parts, and upon death these parts are returned to the universe to be recombined and reformed. That which makes up a human being cannot be destroyed, but never again will that same unique combination of parts exist. There is no conscious soul that remembers all the previous permutations of its parts.