Buddhism Pt 1

Uploaded on

World Religions class for Jon Kohler's Amarillo College class, Spring 2010.

World Religions class for Jon Kohler's Amarillo College class, Spring 2010.

More in: Education , Spiritual
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads


Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds



Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

    No notes for slide


  • 1. The Beginnings of Buddhism The Life of the Buddha
  • 2. Early years of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama)
      • He would follow his father’s footsteps, inheriting the position and becoming a great king, a “ world ruler ”; or,
      • if he were exposed to the sight of suffering, he would become a great spiritual leader, a “ world teacher .”
  • 3. Four passing sights:
    • A. an old man, crooked and toothless (everyone ages)
    • B. a sick man, wasted by disease (everyone gets sick)
    • C. a corpse being taken for cremation (everyone dies)
    • D. a wandering holy man (a renunciate) who had no possessions but seemed to be at peace. (only solution to the suffering of humanity)
  • 4. Siddhartha decided to escape (29yrs old)
    • Great Going Forth :he abandoned his wife and newborn child
  • 5. Siddhartha finds enlightenment
        • Various traditions give different details
          • sat for a week
          • remained there forty-nine days
          • all say he struggled with hunger, thirst, doubt and weakness
          • legend says he saw his past lives, fathomed the laws of karma that govern everyone, and finally achieved insight into release from suffering and rebirth.
  • 6. The Buddha’s death
        • “You must be your own lamps, be your own refuges.
        • Take refuge in nothing outside of yourselves.
        • Hold firm to the truth as a lamp and a refuge, and do not look for refuge to anything besides yourselves.”
  • 7. Basic Teachings of Buddhism
  • 8. Monks in the Buddha’s order practiced ten precepts
    • 1. Not taking life 6. Eat moderately and not after noon
    • 2. Not stealing 7. Avoiding spectacles such as singing or drums
    • 3. Being chaste 8. Not using flowers, perfumes, or jewelry
    • 4. Not lying 9. Using simple beds
    • 5. Not drinking intoxicants 10. Accepting no gold or silver
  • 9. The two most important questions about existence:
      • How can we minimize suffering: our own and that of others?
      • How can we attain inner peace?
  • 10. The Three Marks of Reality
    • Constant change
    • Lack of permanent identity
    • The existence of suffering
  • 11. The Four Noble Truths
    • To Live Is To Suffer (suffering = dukkha [duk-kah])
    • Suffering Comes From Desire (craving = tanha [tan-ha]
    • To End Suffering, End Desire
    • Release From Suffering Is Possible and Can Be Attained by Following the Noble Eightfold Path
  • 12. The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to Inner Peace
    • Right understanding
    • Right intention
    • Right speech
    • Right action
    • Right work
    • Right effort
    • Right meditation
    • Right contemplation
  • 13. Three Jewels.
    • Buddha
    • Dharma
    • Sangha