Friday Fun Facts-Buddhism

The next couple of Fridays I’d like to present basic ideas of some of the major world religions. This is not an evangelical exercise, it is merely to educate all of us to the building blocks of these different viewpoints. May we all learn something-BUDDHA

  1. Buddhism does not fit neatly into the religion category although it has been elevated as such. Buddha taught about the “things that are” and never said it should be approached with faith but followers were to examine it for themselves to see if it was true or not.
  2. There are the 4 Noble Truths- 1) Existence is suffering 2) The cause of suffering is attachment and craving 3) Suffering ceases at some point and turns to Nirvana or total bliss and 4) There is a path to Nirvana which is made up of 8 steps called the Eightfold Path.
  3. Buddhism was founded in the north eastern region of India.
  4. Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama into a royal family. He lived a privileged life until he realized there were things like old age, sickness, and death.
  5. Eventually he felt compelled to leave his wealthy life and follow the traditional path of the wandering holy man, a seeker of truth.
  6. The Gautama Buddha is considered the birth of Buddhism although he acknowledged there were many enlightened ones in the past and will be many more in the future.
  7. The Fig tree is considered sacred because Buddha became enlightened while he sat under the Fig.Monks
  8. Buddha teaches that the purpose of life is to escape the cycle of birth and death which is the cause of suffering.
  9. Viharas are the sacred places where Buddhists got to worship, read scriptures, and meditate.
  10. Three basic tenets that Buddha taught his followers were to not hate others, not to get angry, and to not be ignorant.
  11. Practicing Buddhists view Buddha as a teacher, not a god or an avatar.
  12. Buddha taught and traveled until his death at age 80. His last words were “All things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation.”
  13. They do not believe in a supreme being or creator god.
  14. Traditionalist believe in reincarnation and rebirth. Modern believers say one can disregard that aspect and not lose the core values.roseylightbuda

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