Wednesday, January 4, 2012

About Buddha and his religion ‘Buddhism’

Buddhism a religion followed by billions of people around the world stands on three pillars- the founder-Buddha, his teachings-Dhamma, and the last called Sangha which means the order of Buddhist monks and nuns. Buddhism is a “dharmic” religion which is also popularly called Buddha dharma.The teachings of Buddhist texts are in PALI and SANSKRIT languages.

The site basically discusses about the life of those people who have dedicated their lives in the teachings and principles of Buddhism and sacrificed every materialistic comfort of life. This shows how to get truthfulness in life. Here is a Great Man who followed the steps of Ahimsa and Dharma.

Ahsoka the Great: The grandson of Chandra Gupta Maurya the founder of Mauryan Dynasty and the brave son of Bindusura came to throne in 238 B.C. Much of Ashoka is known from the inscriptions on a series of rocks and pillars found scattered in various regions of India. These data provided information about his reign and policies.He was a skilled warrior and had sharp intelligence who for the sake of power never looked or thought before slaughtering the head of his enemies. After eight years of his rule he waged war against a peaceful kingdom called Kalinga (present Orissa today). This battle was the turning point of his life. The battle saw thousands and thousands of men and women killed. The carnage he had caused horrified him so much that he gave up violence and turned to Buddhism for solace and repentance. He died in 233 B.C.

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In his effort to propagate Buddhism Ashoka built monastries, shrines, installed pillars inscribed with Buddhist teachings at various places, wrote the teachings on rock surfaces and himself propagated the greatness of nonviolence and true Dharma of people. He even sent missionaries or preachers to Egypt, Greece and other places. His own son who was himself a monk carried the religion to Sri Lanka where it’s a major religion. This dedication and vigorous exertions of Buddhist religion didn’t make Ashoka a fanatic preacher. He was tolerant to other religions as well.

Paying homage to this great soul India has adopted his Lion capital of Sarnath Pillar as an embodiment of power and is used as a symbol of government. It’s been honored as the national emblem

Let’s take short glimpse at the onset of Buddhist religion. Buddhism began somewhere between two thousand years ago and is considered as one of the first major religious and philosophical traditions. It started in north India, (Gaya) under the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama and slowly the philosophy and religion propagated to various places of India and abroad like Japan, China, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and other places. During 1900s it spread to European countries, US and Australia.

The places of importance for Buddhists are Lumbini where lord Buddha was born, Bodhgaya where he attained enlightenment, and Sarnath where he delivered his first sermon and Khusinagar where Lord Buddha died.

The best part of Buddhism is that it doesn’t prescribe any system of ritual and worship like other religions. Buddhism is a way of life you lead. The main act of Buddhism is Buddha Dharma which means developing your mind, training yourself with good conduct and leading a perfect peace. These things led Lord Buddha question his own life and he found that materialist comforts was not the ultimate gain, it was more than that. Hence he renounced the world and went in search of truth.

Lord Buddha never claimed himself unique in any ways. He taught that anybody could become Buddha and for that he or she must free him or her from the greed of life and comforts and should be able to teach with passion and craving. He should help people in controlling their anger, hatred, greed and enlighten the unenlightened.

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Lord Buddha’s will, universal love, wisdom, boundless compassion, purity, selfless service, magnetic personality, and exemplary methods gave credence to his the teachings. The meaning of Buddhist prayers must be understood very well. The real meaning is that your mind should be diverted towards Dharma and the right conduct in the society. When this is done the main purpose of the prayer is fulfilled.