What is Buddhism?Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people worldwide. The word comes from ‘budhi’, ‘to awaken’. It has its origins about 2,500 years back when Siddhartha Gotama, referred to as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35.
Is Buddhism a Religion?To many, Buddhism
exceeds religious beliefs and is more of a viewpoint or ‘way of life ‘. It is a viewpoint due to the fact that approach ‘implies love of knowledge’ and the Buddhist course can be summarized as:
(1) to lead a moral life,
( 2) to be mindful and familiar with thoughts and actions, and
( 3) to establish wisdom and understanding.
How Can Buddhism Assist Me?Buddhism describes a function to life, it discusses evident oppression and inequality around the world, and it offers a code of practice or lifestyle that results in real joy. Why is Buddhism Becoming Popular?Buddhism is
becoming popular in western nations for a variety of factors, The very first great factor is Buddhism has answers to many of the problems in contemporary materialistic societies. It likewise consists of (for those who are interested)a deep understanding of the human mind (and natural treatments) which prominent psychologists worldwide are now finding to be both really advanced and effective. Who Was the Buddha?Siddhartha Gotama was born into a royal household in Lumbini, now located in Nepal, in 563 BC. At
29, he realised that wealth and luxury did not ensure joy, so he explored the different mentors faiths and philosophies of the day, to find the key to human joy. After 6 years of research study and meditation he finally discovered ‘the middle path’and was enlightened. After enlightenment, the Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching the principles of Buddhism– called the Dhamma, or Fact– till his death at the age of 80. Was the Buddha a God?He was not, nor did he declare to be. He was a guy who taught a course to enlightenment from his own experience. Do Buddhists Praise Idols?Buddhists often pay regard to images of the Buddha, not in praise, nor to ask for favours.
A statue of the Buddha with hands rested carefully in its lap and a caring smile advises us to aim to develop peace and
love within ourselves. Acquiescing the
statue is an expression of gratitude for the teaching. Why are so Many Buddhist Countries Poor?One of the Buddhist mentors is that wealth does not guarantee happiness and likewise wealth is impermanent. Individuals of every country suffer whether abundant or poor, but those who understand Buddhist mentors can discover real happiness. Exist Various Types of Buddhism?There are
various kinds of Buddhism, since the focus
modifications from country to country due to customs and culture. What does not differ is the essence of the teaching– the Dhamma or reality. Are Other Religions Wrong?Buddhism is likewise a belief system which is tolerant of all other beliefs or religions. Buddhism concurs with the ethical teachings of other religionsbut Buddhism goes even more by offering a long term purpose within our existence, through knowledge and true understanding. Genuine Buddhism is very tolerant and not worried about labels like’Christian’,’Moslem’,’Hindu’ or’Buddhist ‘; that is why there have actually never been any wars battled in the name of
Buddhism. That is why Buddhists do
not preach and try to transform, just describe if an explanation is looked for. Is Buddhism Scientific?Science is understanding which can be made into a system, which relies on seeing and checking realities and stating basic natural laws. The core of Buddhism fit into this definition, since the Four Noble truths(see below )can be checked and shown by anybody in truth the Buddha himself asked his followers to test the teaching rather than accept his word as true. Buddhism depends more on understanding than faith. What did the Buddha Teach?The Buddha taught many things, however the fundamental ideas in Buddhism can be summarized by the
4 Noble Truths and the Noble
Eightfold Course. What is the First Noble Truth?The first truth is that life is suffering i.e., life consists of pain, getting old, illness, and eventually death. We also sustain psychological suffering like loneliness aggravation, worry, humiliation, disappointment and anger. This is an undeniable reality that can not be rejected. It is sensible rather than cynical because pessimism is anticipating things to be bad. lnstead, Buddhism discusses how suffering can be
avoided and how we can be truly happy
. What is the 2nd Noble Truth?The 2nd fact is that suffering is brought on by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we anticipate
other people to comply with our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want, and so on. To put it simply, getting what you want does not ensure joy. Instead of continuously having a hard time to get what you want, attempt to customize your wanting. Desiring deprives us of satisfaction and happiness. A life time of desiring and craving and specifically the yearning to continue to exist, creates a powerful energy which triggers the individual to be born. So craving causes physical suffering due to the fact that it causes us to be reborn.
What is the 3rd Noble Truth?The third fact
is that suffering can be gotten rid of and joy can be attained; that true joy and satisfaction are possible. lf we give up worthless craving and learn to live each day at a time(not house in the previous or the envisioned future)then we can end up being pleased and totally free. We then have more energy and time to assist others. This is Nirvana. What is the 4th Noble Truth?The fourth fact is that the Noble 8-fold Path is the path which causes completion of suffering. What is the Noble 8-Fold Path?In summary, the Noble 8-fold Course is being ethical(through what we state, do and our income), focussing the mind on being fully familiar with our thoughts and actions, and developing knowledge by understanding the Four Noble Truths and by developing empathy for
others. What are the 5 Precepts?The moral code within Buddhism is
the precepts, of which the primary 5 are: not to take the life of anything living, not to take anything not freely provided, to avoid sexual misbehavior and sensual overindulgence, to refrain from false speech, and to prevent intoxication, that is, losing mindfulness. What is Karma?Karma is the law that every cause has an effect, i.e., our actions have outcomes. This basic law discusses
a variety of things: inequality in the
world, why some are born handicapped and some talented, why some live only a short life. Karma highlights
the importance of all individuals being accountable for their past and present actions. How can we check the karmic result of our actions? The answer is summed up by looking at(1) the objective behind the action, (2) results of the action on oneself, and(3 )the impacts on others. What is Wisdom?Buddhism teaches that knowledge needs to be developed with empathy. At one extreme, you might be a good hearted fool and at the other severe, you could attain understanding with no feeling. Buddhism utilizes the middle course to develop both. The highest knowledge is seeing that in truth, all phenomena are insufficient, impermanent and do not make up a fixed entity. True knowledge is not just believing what we are told however instead experiencing
and comprehending fact
and truth. Wisdom requires an open, unbiased, unbigoted mind. The Buddhist course needs guts, perseverance, flexibility and intelligence. What is Compassion?Compassion consists of qualities of sharing, readiness to give comfort, sympathy, issue, caring. In Buddhism, we can truly comprehend others, when we can truly understand ourselves, through wisdom. How do I Become a Buddhist?Buddhist teachings can be understood and tested by anybody. Buddhism teaches that the services to our issues are within ourselves not outside. The Buddha asked all his followers not to take his word as
true, but rather to check the teachings on their own. ln by doing this, each person chooses for themselves and takes duty for their own actions and understanding. This makes Buddhism less of a fixed package of beliefs which is to be accepted in its entirety, and more of a mentor which everyone discovers and uses in their own way. Prepared by Brian White 1993, with thanks to Ven S. Dhammika. Source