11. The purpose of following in the Buddhist faith is not an effort to attain some sort of reward. While other religions will attempt to encourage their followers with promises, such as salvation or virgins, the Buddhist faith promises nothing more than the opportunity to experience enlightenment.
12. The Buddhist faith teaches that there is no action that is considered to be genuinely unforgivable. If one is willing to ask for forgiveness, recognizing and acknowledging their mistake, they believe that they can be forgiven.
13. Rather than focusing just on the religious aspects, such as specified holidays, ceremonies, rituals and places of worship, Buddhism is a belief system that moves beyond religion and into the world as a whole. It encourages a more spiritual way of living in every area of our lives.
14. While most religions are built on a foundation of fear, trying to scare their followers into following their doctrine with the threat of eternal damnation, or a similar ideology, Buddhism does not share this approach. Instead, followers are drawn to join its ranks due to the appeal of its logic and reason.
15. Missionaries in the Buddhist faith are sent with peace in mind, looking to share their faith with others without causing any fear or harm. In Buddha’s own words, engraved on the Asoka Pillers: “One should not honor only one’s religion and condemn the religion of others, but one should honor others’ religion for this or that reason. In so doing, one helps one’s own religion to grow and renders service to the religions of others too. In acting otherwise, one digs the grave of one’s own religion and also does harm to other religions.”
16. Unlike nearly every other religion, those who follow the Buddhist faith can honestly claim to be non-violent. They teach peace, settling disagreements without turning to wars or, on a smaller scale, physical altercations.
17. Rather than focusing on a specified knowledge set or wisdom, the emphasis in Buddhism is on the quest to understand the real ‘Truth’ in the Universe. This means understanding the reality of all things past, present and future.
18. The beliefs of the Buddhist faith are arguably supported by the greatest scientific minds. Einstein himself was quoted saying, “The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual and a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description… If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.”
19. Flowers play an important role in Buddhist practice, being placed before the Buddhist statue. They are used as a reminder to the practitioner that their time on earth is limited, they will not live forever.