The Life of Buddha… Legendary Birth Early Life -Aprox. 480 BCE -Named Siddhartha -Immaculate conception Gautama -Non-vaginal birth -Palace life -Married and began a family -Left the palacewww.blog.tsemtulku.com
Journey of Enlightenment-His own past lives-Other’s past lives-Attains knowledge of: -omniscience-Becomes the Buddha-Begins spreading histeachings
Spreading of Buddhism-India - spread by ascetics -disappears 12th century-Asia -spread through trade www.world-religion.org-West -enters 19th century
Was the Buddha a God? Do Buddhist worship Idols? Why are so many Buddhist countries stricken with poverty? What did thehttp://www.utilitarianism.com/gautama-buddha.html Buddha Teach?
The Four Noble Truths First Noble Truth Second Noble Truth Third Noble Truth Fourth Noble Truth
Fundamentals of Buddhism Noble 8-fold Path What are the 5 Percepts? What is Karma?
Wisdom and Compassion What is Wisdom? What is Compassion?
Buddhist Theism• Buddhism is non-theistic• Differs on beliefs about a god or gods• Most common view: there isn’t a god or set of gods that govern the universe, but many gods living in an “unseen world”• This “unseen world” is http://buddhism- associated with the today.blogspot.com/2010/09/engaged- buddhism-in-india-and-role-of.html hereafter.
Buddhist Theism • Buddha is often called “devatideva” • This is because he fully understands the deities • He is often prayedhttp://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/04/saint-to-visit-los-angeles-april-17-19.html to, but not as a god
Is Buddhism a Religion?• Dictionary.com definitions of religion: – By first definition, No, Buddhism is not a religion, but rather a philosophy. – By second definition, Yes, Buddhism is a religion.• More or less, it’s open to interpretation – there is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism no right answer
Is Buddhism a Religion?• “Religion” is often synonymous with “faith.”• Buddhism is very much practice and works based, as opposed to faith based• Many do not believe in the same ideas on the hereafter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
Advantages ofMeditation:-Lengthens life-Gives one strength-Drives out discontent chakrameditationtoday.com-Softens the mind
Progressive Stepsof Meditation:-Restraint of senses-Understanding of how thesenses cause bondage-Solitary Meditation-Concentration and the www.rogerlewin.comforsaking of idle thoughts
Two Aspects of Meditation:Calm Meditation andInsight Meditation
Calm Meditation: -return to clarity -suppression of defilements-understanding of mind’s nature -stilling the mind -overcoming the mind’s tendencies -object of contemplation -access concentration www.jjgallaher.blogspot.com
Insight Meditation:-after calm meditation-achieves understanding that all things are: -impermanent and unstable -unsatisfactory and imperfect -not self www.sodahead.com
SevenPurifications:-Consciousness-Conduct-View-Crossing over doubt-Knowing and seeing whatis the path and not the path-Knowing and seeing theway www.bethanyoverseas.wordpress.com-Knowing and seeing
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