There are many religions and belief systems throughout the world and,
from each, there is something to learn.
Whether it's Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism or Shintoism, each
tries to teach believers in the positive aspects found in them and how
striving to live through the beliefs helps people live better lives.
Two, that are perhaps the most ancient and, yet, the most geographically
distant, have teachings that are remarkably similar. One is Buddhism
from the East and our own, First Nations, from close at home.
The First Nations, Anishnaabe, base their beliefs on the Seven
Grandfather Teachings, that focus on the values that all humankind
strives to live by ... wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility
In First Nations language, the Grandfather's teachings and their
meanings are global spiritualism.
Nbwaakaawin ~ To cherish knowledge is to know WISDOM.
Zaagidwin ~ To know LOVE is to know peace.
Mnaadendmowin ~ To honour all the creation is to have RESPECT.
Aakdehewin ~ BRAVERY is to face the foe with integrity.
Gwekwaadziwin ~ HONESTY in facing a situation is to be brave.
Dbaadendiziwin ~ HUMILITY is to know yourself as a sacred part of the
Debwewin ~ TRUTH is to know all of these things.
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The Noble Eightfold Path according to Buddha has many
similarities to those teachings of the First Nations peoples:
Right View. The right way to think about life is to see the world
through the eyes of the Buddha--with wisdom and compassion. Right
Thought. We are what we think. Clear and kind thoughts build good,
Right Speech. By speaking kind and helpful words, we are respected and
trusted by everyone.
Right Conduct. No matter what we say, others know us from the way we
behave. Before we criticize others, we should first see what we do
Right Livelihood. This means choosing a job that does not hurt others.
The Buddha said, "Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek
happiness by making others unhappy."
Right Effort. A worthwhile life means doing our best at all times and
having good will toward others. This also means not wasting effort on
things that harm ourselves and others.
Right Mindfulness. This means being aware of our thoughts, words, and
Right Concentration. Focus on one thought or object at a time. By doing
this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind.
Following the Noble Eightfold Path can be compared to cultivating a
garden, but in Buddhism one cultivates one's wisdom.
It would seem that if everyone lived their lives, either through
Buddha's teachings or the Grandfather's, the world would be a better