The core metaphor of The Buddha is in the name, the awakened one and in the cognate term “Bodhi,” the condition of being awake (Mchee, 2013, para. 2). It is apparent from Buddhist discourse that awakening is associated with prajna (wisdom) and kaduna (compassion) (Mchee, 2013, para. 3). Buddhism is considered a religion even though it does not have a belief in a God or Gods and instead surrounds itself with a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices. Since Buddhism does not consist of worshipping an actual God, some people do not feel it is an actual religion. The basic ways of a Buddhist teaching are straightforward and to the point. Any change in the Buddhist belief is opposed to any other religion, such as Christianity. Buddhism is open to all people regardless of race, nationality, or gender. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible. It is the path of practice and spiritual growth that shows the true nature of life. Buddhism is 2,500 years old and has around 376 million followers worldwide. The history of Buddhism is the story of one man's spiritual journey to enlightenment, the teachings and ways of living that developed from it.
Buddhism is a philosophy which advocates for mankind living happily by avoiding suffering. The philosophy advocates for people coexisting peacefully by avoiding hurting each other through wrong use of words or actions. The philosophy also teaches on forming weak attachment to things around us in order to avoid being hurt when these things are lost as they are not permanent. Buddhism has found a general acceptance among those who have listened and read about its principles as they are morally upright and worth to instil peace in a society.
Buddhist follow, along with karma, follow an idea called the eightfold path. These 8 steps are: right understanding, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. These steps are another process Buddhist take to get to their revelations to enlightenment. It is the last of the very first of Buddha’s teachings, The Four Noble Truths. These truths are the basic guidelines of what Buddha wants to teach. They work in tandem with each other to explain the suffering of life, what causes it, and what one must do to eliminate
While Buddhism does not worship any particular Deity, and is not a theistic religion in the same manner as Judaism where there is one God that is worshiped and looked upon as the only way to salvation; it is a way of life that millions of people follow and therefore deserves respect and attention. Buddhism teaches that life is suffering, and that the Noble Eightfold Path is the means by which good karma can be increased and righteousness obtained, thereby ending the cycle of rebirth and ending suffering in the next life. Buddhism originated with Siddhartha Gautama who was born to royalty and gave up his comfortable life and possessions to become a priest and search for enlightenment and an end to earthly suffering. Through his pilgrimage, he developed the Noble Eightfold Path as a means to Enlightenment or Nirvana and became the first Buddha. As Buddha, he continued to teach that anyone who follows the path set by him can reach the same goal and end the wheel of death and rebirth. Upon his death, his followers continued his teachings and put his teachings into written form, which became the pra...
What is Buddhism? What do we understand by Buddhism? It can be comprehended differently and can mean a variety of things to many people. For one it can be only an explanation of the life of the Buddha. To another, Buddhism means the massive doctrine recorded in the Buddhist literature, which is voluminous and comprise of several thousand pages recording the words of the Buddha. Moreover it is described as a very lofty, abstruse, complex and learned philosophy of life. However based on whatever the Buddha taught, there has grown a very rich culture, a culture which has extended to all parts of Asia for over 2500 years, and to which people from various walks of life with various backgrounds from all these countries have made a lasting contribution. Another definition of Buddhism is the kind of ritual that has grown around the doctrine of the Buddha, as a result of his teachings and the way of life preached by him. But to me Buddhism is the perfect combination of all these definitions. Buddhism has influenced my life by making me adopt the Eightfold Path known as the “Middle Path”, increased the practice of spirituality, comprehend law of impermanence and thus lead a righteous life. It’s mainly thought that Buddhism is a teaching for monks only, as it is sometimes wrongly conceived.
Buddhism in American Society
Siddhartha Gautama is famously known as Gautama Buddha and was the founder of the idea of Buddhism. The Buddha was known to possess supernatural powers and abilities. He was born in the holy land of Nepal and his journey began in India when he decided to travel and teach himself about life. In the midst of his journey, he discovered Buddhism after he experienced a profound realization of the nature of life, death and existence. Buddhism became a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama and since then Buddhism has been popular throughout many civilizations.
Buddhism started off in India and is a philosophy. The founder was Siddhartha Gautama and he encouraged his followers to become monks and spread his teachings. Most importantly, Buddhism affected the lives of its followers.
Hinduism believes in the teachings of one human man, the Buddha, the “Enlightened One”. The ultimate objective of a Buddhist is to reach nirvana which is a state of enlightenment where a person no longer desires or suffers and is at peace. The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths. Fiero lists the Four Noble Truths as “pain is universal, desire causes pain, ceasing to desire relieves pain, and right conduct leads to release from pain” (11). The Buddha believed and taught that insight and knowledge come from following the Eightfold Path (Middle Way). Fiero states that the Eightfold Path includes “right views, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration” (11). If a person follows the Eightfold Path which leads to insight and knowledge then they could ultimately achieve nirvana. A Buddhist that avoids suffering and gains enlightenment is then released from what Fiero calls the “endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth” (11). Only then has a person accomplished extinction of the Self or salvation. The aspect of the release from the cycle of rebirth is similar to the goal of a Hindu and like Hinduism; Buddhism encourages moral behavior in order to attain inner
Although Buddhism evolved from Hinduism it differs from Hinduism in god beliefs. According to Buddhists there is no God, but they reverence the Buddha and his teachings as though he were one. Buddha, believe in no Atman’s, nor is there a Brahman or supreme being because all is not permanent. They believe that to have faith in a higher power is nothing more than illusion. The Buddhist “athirst” in fact think that life is not a reality. In Buddhism, a person strives to reach the Nirvana through mediation. The Nirvana is the “blowing out” of the fame of desire by ending the vicious cycle of reincarnation. By not going with their instincts and ending all desire for the illusion of this world, one is able to reach enlightenment and finally rest from his suffering. The Buddhists worship the Buddha and follow the four noble truths in order to reach salvation. The four noble truths are: life is suffering, all suffering is caused by ignorance of the nature of reality and the craving, attachment and grasping that result from such ignorance, suffering can be ended by overcoming ignorance, and the path to the suppression of suffering is the Eightfold Noble Path. The Eightfold Noble Path is divided into three categories: morality, wisdom, and concentration.
Hinduism and Buddhism share some beliefs as well. Both religions told people to live moral lives. People tried to live non-violent lives, or ahimsa. Both religions accepted reincarnation, which is the belief that after someone passes away, their soul, comes back to life in another body. The goal was to be united with an all powerful, spiritual force. They both thought animals were sacred.