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Buddhism

Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, encompassing many different traditions and practices. It originated in India between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE with the dissemination of the teachings of Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha. There is no central religious text for Buddhists, but there are many sutras (teachings ascribed to the Buddha himself) collected throughout history. The central tenets of Buddhism are reflected in the Four Noble Truths (which describe what cause and relieve suffering) and the Eightfold Path (which describes practices that can lead to release from the painful cycle of rebirth). Spiritual practices that permeate most expressions of Buddhism include meditation, compassion toward living beings, and the pursuit of insight.

Practice Is Politics

As Noah Levine says, it may be that all we can do is make wise choices as to who we think will bring about less suffering and confusion to the world. That, he says, is where our Buddhist practice becomes a form of engaged rebellion.

From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a Look at Queer Black Buddhist Perspectives on Spiritual Practice in Contemporary Texts

Several queer Black Buddhist authors have showed me how spiritual practice can be a liberating force in the face of challenges as huge as racism, sexism and queerphobia.

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