in India two thousand years ago, Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest
religions. With approximately four hundred seventy million Buddhists, it is
also one of the largest religions in the world.
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first began with Siddhartha Gautama, who is considered to be its founder. A
former prince who evolved into a spiritual leader, he was born Siddhartha
Gautama and died Gautama Buddha or Lord Buddha, which means “enlightened”. His
revelations and teachings became the very foundation of Buddhism. After his
death, Buddha’s followers continued to spread his teachings and developed a
religious movement that would spread throughout the world, especially across
East and Southeast Asia. A great turning point came when, in the third century
BCE, the Indian emperor Ashoka the Great established Buddhism as India’s state
religion. This paved the way for monasteries to be built across the nation and
encouraged missionary work for the teachings of Buddhism to be further proclaimed.
The Way to Nirvana (Six Lectures on Ancient Budhism as a Discipline of Salvation)
Buddha’s own life experience of being born a prince and then denying all
luxuries and living the life of an ascetic, he deduced that neither extreme is
the ideal path. From this, he concluded that what he calls the Middle Way is
the life that one should strive for.
central tenets of Buddhism is Samsara,
which refers to the belief that human life is a cycle of suffering and rebirth.
Souls are reborn or reincarnated in different forms and the way in which one
lives his or her life dictates the form that his or her soul will take in the
next life. This belief is associated with the principle of karma and the either
positive impact or negative consequences that one’s good and bad actions have
on their future lives. One can be free from this endless cycle of suffering and
rebirth when one achieves nirvana. A person can achieve nirvana through regular
meditation, both spiritual and physical labor, and, of course, through good
behavior and acts of kindness. Meditation is very important for all Buddhists because they understand that meditation awakens the truth within them.
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noble truth is dukkha, which
recognizes the existence of suffering. The causes of these sufferings include
human cravings and attachments, which are referred to as trishna. This leads to the next noble truth, which is samudaya. Samudaya refers to the origins
of suffering and declares that suffering also comes from desire or tanha. The third noble truth is nirodha, which signifies the end of
suffering. Nirodha proclaims that suffering can come to an end and that one can
achieve enlightenment. The fourth and last noble truth is magga. According to magga, the path to the end of suffering is the
Middle Way, which leads one towards enlightenment.
Path to the Middle (Oral Madhyamika Philosophy in Tibet)
the Four Noble Truths, Buddha teaches his followers that one can end suffering
and reach nirvana through enlightenment by following the Eightfold Path. This
Eightfold Path encompasses just ideals, moral conduct, mental virtues and
wisdom. The principles of the Eightfold Path include: (1) Samma ditthi or right understanding, (2) Samma sankappa or right thought, (3) Samma vaca or right speech,
(4) Samma kammanta or right action,
(5) Samma ajiva or right livelihood, (6) Samma
vavama or right effort, (7) Samma
Sati or right mindfulness, and lastly (8) Samma samadhi or right concentration.
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Buddha’s dharma, among the vital virtues in life that he imparted are wisdom, patience,
kindness, compassion, and generosity, to name a few. In addition to the
Eightfold Path, Buddhists also abide by five moral tenets. These five morals
forbid Buddhists from killing living things, taking something that is not given
to them, performing any sexual misconduct or unchaste acts, lying, and consuming
alcohol and drugs.
Tibetan Buddhist Vishva-Vajra (Double Dorje)
religions, Buddhism includes many sacred texts and scriptures which devotees refer
to. Among the most important sacred texts in Buddhism are the Tipitaka, the Sutras, and the Book of the Dead. The Tipitaka, known as the three baskets, is believed to be the oldest
collection of Buddhist scriptures and contains the canons of Buddhism. The
Sutras, on the other hand, impart sacred teachings to Buddhists, and the Book of
the Dead features Tibetan text that detail the different stages of death.
The Buddhist Dead (Practices, Discources, Representations)
Buddhism being among the largest religions in the world, there are different
forms of the religion that Buddhists follow and practice. Of these forms, the
three primary Buddhist sects or schools of Buddhism include: Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, and
Mahayana Buddhist Meditation (Theory and Practice)
Buddha himself, perhaps the most recognized global figure of Buddhism is the
Dalai Lama. He is the head and leading monk of Tibetan Buddhism. The current
Dalai Lama is believed to be the fourteenth reincarnation of the original Dalai
Lama, who is continuously reborn in order to help humanity.
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other religious denominations that have innumerable scared symbols, icons, and
religious figures, Buddhism doesn’t have a single god or a single symbol that
worshipers revere and pray to. However, there are a few symbols which have
evolved and have become associated with or represent Buddhist practices and beliefs.
These include the lotus flower, the dharma wheel, the swastika, which is an
ancient symbol that signifies good fortune, and the Bodhi tree, under which it
is believed Buddha gained enlightenment.
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of years later, Buddha’s dharma continues to endure and continues to be significant
and have influence on all humanity. The principles and teachings of Buddhism
are a spiritual and moral guide not only for millions of Buddhists all over the
world, but also for non-Buddhists who live their lives in pursuit of
enlightenment and nirvana.
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