Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Buddhism defined

Wikipedia defines Buddhism as:

  • Buddhism is a family of beliefs and practices considered by most to be a religion[1][2] and is based on the teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as "The Buddha" (the Awakened One), who was born in what is today Nepal.[3][4] He lived and taught in the northeastern region of the Indian subcontinent and most likely died around 400 BCE in what is now modern India.[5]

There is a lot in those two little sentences that makes Buddhism different from many others. First thing that sticks out to me is that it is a family of beliefs that 'most' consider a religion. Buddhism as I have learned thus far does not believe in an almighty and omniscient god like most every other religion i have come across. There are gods and demons and titans and ghosts, but those are all other forms to be re-incarnated to and interestingly enough, they are less desire able than the human form (but I'll save that for another post). Back to what i was saying, Buddhism is considered by most to be a religion but by some it's considered to be a philosophy. This is a stark contrast to Christianity, Judaism, Muslim, and all the others that would be wholly offended to be thought as such.

Another thing that I find interesting about Buddhism is that the person that started it, is 100% confirmed to have lived and taught in a certain area in a certain time.

Thanks for reading, I will try to put more up on the 8 fold path, 4 noble truths, karmic wheel, and more as i can and as i learn more!!!

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