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An Introduction to Buddhism

An Introduction to Buddhism
An Introduction to Buddhism To do no evil; To cultivate good; To purify one's mind: This is the teaching of the Buddhas. --The Dhammapada The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal, in approximately 566 BC. On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one. The Buddha wandered the plains of northeastern India for 45 years more, teaching the path or Dharma he had realized in that moment. Impermanent are all created things; Strive on with awareness.

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Theravada Theravāda (Sanskrit: स्थविरवाद) is a branch of Buddhism that uses the teaching of the Pāli Canon, a collection of the oldest recorded Buddhist texts, as its doctrinal core, but also includes a rich diversity of traditions and practices that have developed over its long history of interactions with various cultures and communities. It is the dominant form of religion in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma, and is practiced by minority groups in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and China. In addition, the diaspora of all of these groups as well as converts around the world practice Theravāda Buddhism. Adherents[edit] Theravāda Buddhism is followed by various countries and people around the globe, and are: Today, Theravāda Buddhists, otherwise known as Theravadins, number over 150 million worldwide, and during the past few decades Theravāda Buddhism has begun to take root in the West[a] and in the Buddhist revival in India.

Start Here to Learn About Buddhism This section introduces the foundational doctrines of Buddhism. What do Buddhists believe? What does Buddhism teach about God, karma, life after death, and who you are in relation to everything else? What is enlightenment and Nirvana? What's a Buddha, and can anybody become one? Buddhism Origins, Buddhism History, Buddhism Beliefs Most historians agree that Buddhism originated in northern India in the 5th century B.C.E. The tradition traces its origin to Siddhartha Gautama (or Gotama), who is typically referred to as the Buddha (literally the "Awakened" or "Enlightened One"). Siddhartha observed the suffering in the world and set out to find an antidote. Through meditation and analysis, he attained an enlightened state of being that marked the end of attachments (and therefore suffering), and ultimately, upon his death, release from the cycle of rebirth (samsara). The Buddha's teachings are often summarized in the Four Noble Truths, which form the basis of the first sermon he delivered after attaining enlightenment, and the Eightfold Path, which provides a basic guide for how to live in the world. Quick Fact Details:

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Paul R. Fleischman: The Experience of Impermanence (excerpted) In the Pali Language of ancient India, the word vipassana literally means, "to see things as they really are." Also called Insight Meditation, Vipassana is the primary technique taught by Gotama the Buddha twenty-five centuries ago. Buddhism Beliefs Since some background knowledge of rebirth and karma is useful for understanding Buddhism, there now follows a brief introduction to these topics taken from Geshe Kelsang’s book, Eight Steps to Happiness: The mind is neither physical, nor a by-product of purely physical processes, but a formless continuum that is a separate entity from the body. The mind is neither physical, nor a by-product of purely physical processes, but a formless continuum that is a separate entity from the body. When the body disintegrates at death, the mind does not cease. Although our superficial conscious mind ceases, it does so by dissolving into a deeper level of consciousness, call ‘the very subtle mind’. The continuum of our very subtle mind has no beginning and no end, and it is this mind which, when completely purified, transforms into the omniscient mind of a Buddha.

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Meditation Exercises These meditation exercises have been taken from Shakti Gawain's book Creative Visualization. Meditation is a major key in using creative visualization. These meditations will help you touch the core of your being, that divine center in all of us. I have chosen these meditation exercises because they are my favorites and because they are wonderful if you are getting started in your meditation practice. You will find the benefits of meditation through these short yet powerful exercises. The first meditation is designed to help you create a sanctuary within yourself where you can go anytime you want.

Buddhism Buddhism began in India 2,500 years ago and remains the dominant world religion in the East. There are over 360 million followers of Buddhism worldwide and over a million American Buddhists today. Buddhist concepts have also been influential on western culture in general, particularly in the areas of meditation and nonviolence. Buddhism is based on the teachings of an Indian prince named Siddharta Gautama who lived around 500 BCE.