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 +The Basic Points Unifying the [[Theravada]] and the [[Mahayana]] is an important [[Buddhist]] Ecumenical statement created in 1967 during the First Congress of the World Buddhist Sangha Council (WBSC), where its founder Secretary-General,​ the late Venerable Pandita Pimbure Sorata Thera, requested the Ven. Dr. [[Walpola Rahula]] to present a concise formula for the unification of all the different buddhist traditions. This text was then unanimously approved by the Council.
 +The points were well written by Ven. Dr. [[Walpola Rahula]] and summarize [[Buddhism]] and provide foundational teachings which are common to all forms of [[Buddhism]].
 +#The [[Buddha]] is our only Master (teacher and guide) ​
 +#We take refuge in the [[Buddha]], the [[Dhamma]] and the [[Sangha]] (the Three Jewels) ​
 +#We do not believe that this world is created and ruled by a God 
 +#We consider that the purpose of life is to develop compassion for all living beings without discrimination and to work for their good, happiness, and peace; and to develop wisdom (panna) leading to the realization of Ultimate Truth 
 +#We accept [[The Four Noble Truths]], namely [[dukkha]], the arising of dukkha, the cessation of dukkha, and the path leading to the cessation of duḥkha; and the law of cause and effect
 +#All conditioned things (saṃskāra) are impermanent (anicca) and dukkha, and that all conditioned and unconditioned things are without self (anatta) ​
 +#We accept the [[37 factors of enlightenment]] as different aspects of the Path taught by the [[Buddha]] leading to [[Enlightenment]]. ​
 +#There are three ways of attaining bodhi or [[Enlightenment]]:​ namely as a disciple (śrāvaka),​ as a pratyekabuddha and as a sammasambuddha (perfectly and fully enlightened [[Buddha]]). We accept it as the highest, noblest, and most heroic to follow the career of a [[Bodhisatta]] and to become a sammasambuddha in order to save others. ​
 +#We admit that in different countries there are differences regarding [[Buddhist]] beliefs and practices. These external forms and expressions should not be confused with the essential teachings of the [[Buddha]]. ​
 +==See also==
 +*[[Walpola Rahula]]
 +*''​[[Buddha'​s Lists|The Complete Book of Buddha'​s Lists -- Explained]]''​. ​ David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
 +[[Category:​Buddha'​s Lists]]
 +[[Category:​Introduction to Buddhism]]
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