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Buddha taught that in order to live a life that is free from 
pain and suffering people must eliminate any attachments to worldly 
goods. Only then will they gain a kind of peace and happiness. They 
must rid themselves of greed, hatred, and ignorance. They strive to 
cultivate four attitudes, loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic 
joy, and equanimity. The basic moral code prohibits killing, 
stealing, harmful language, sexual misbehavior, and the use of 
intoxicants. Morality, wisdom, and samadhi, or concentration form the 
cornerstone of Buddhist faith. By observing these, lust, hatred, and 
delusion may be overcome. This is known as Nirvana. It is a 
realistic goal only for members of the monastic community.

 The most devoted followers of the Buddha were organized into 
the monastic sangha. They were identified by their shaved heads and 
robes made of unsewn orange cloth. Many early monks wandered from 
place to place, settling down only during the rainy season when 
traveling was difficult. The Buddhist have lasted because they have 
the ability to adapt to changing conditions and to a variety of 
cultures.

 Monks are expected to live a life of poverty, meditation, and 
study. They must avoid all sexual activity. They devote themselves 
to work, study, and prayer. They all dress in special robes. Monks 
play an important part in preserving and spreading Buddhism. 

 




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