The Stigma of Religious Life according to the Buddhist Perspective: Religious Beliefs’ Study Scope


  • Halimahtul Sa’diyah Mohamad Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Jaffary Awang Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Kamaruddin Salleh Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Zaizul Ab Rahman Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


Religious life; religious beliefs; religious practices; Buddha


The stigma of religious life becomes prominent in the globalisation epoch with growing religious followers, including Buddhism. It is on the list of the largest religions in the world. Nevertheless, Buddhism does not believe in God but upholds moral values as the basis in its teachings. This research examined the religious life that motivates Buddhists to practice it in their lives. Based on the literature analysis, the study reported that apart from the basic principles believed to be the guide of life, the Buddha encouraged his followers to ensure the truth of teaching obtained before practicing it to avoid conflict with Buddhist teachings and motivated them to do good. Besides, Buddha advised his followers to clear their minds from destructive elements that could harm their thoughts. Thus, Buddhists should concentrate on religious life so that the Noble Eightfold Path and The Five Precepts taught by the Buddha could be implemented holistically by his religious followers instead of adopting specific parts in practicing religious teachings in daily life.