Statues depict the Buddha, Gotama Sakyamuni,  in many forms.

Statues depict the Buddha, Gotama Sakyamuni, in many forms.

Buddhism

Principal Beliefs

The Buddha taught that everything that appears is characterised by transience, and that we suffer because we seek something permanent in its midst. There is no soul, and no god in the sense of an eternal being who creates the universe. Gods (popularly worshipped in some branches of Buddhism) are, like everything else, transient appearances. Like Hindus, Buddhists believe in karma, the unbreakable law of reward and retribution that that works through all our lives and rebirths as we move towards enlightenment. The ultimate aim of enlightenment is to reach “nirvana”, a stage beyond all interaction with transient appearances.


Information

The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.