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what is Buddhism? I know it's a religion but like what are the beliefs

my friend is converting to Buddhism and I just want to understand it.

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It's not a religion ... it is a philosophy.
(they do not address whether there is a god or not)

http://www.thebuddhistcentre.com/buddhism

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Good ! I'm a Shintoist, which is a splinter of Buddhism. So many branches !
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Actually, Shinto is not a true splinter of Buddhism, it was more a nature religion influenced by Buddhism. However there are sects that you could call a Shinto Buddhist, which would be a splinter. Most however are not Buddhists.
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http://buddhismbeliefs.org/

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm

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An interesting picture for someone who knows nothing about Buddhism...

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Buddhism is about seeking enlightenment, That is the cessation of suffering, liberation from delusions and realizing compassion for all living things. They believe in karma. Buddhism does not address god but Karma is explicitly in contradiction with the idea of god so its intrinsically atheist.

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Buddhism, is a religious philosophy mostly centered in Japan, that uses a moral code as a method of finding inner peace. It professes belief in a creator, but not a God so to speak, that is the center-point of all Buddhism. However, there are many different Buddhist religions, such as Shinto, and Daoist, that contain different philosophies and ideals, so it is very difficult to tell you the specifics of the philosophy your friend is converting to.

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