Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Buddha and Buddhism

Buddhism, a 2600 years old religion, is a spiritual tradition that specializes on a personal spiritual development and attainment of insight into true and deep meaning of life.  With over 376 millions followers worldwide, Buddhism is not centered on the relationship between humanity and god.
The followers of Buddhism, or the Buddhists as they are called, seek to reach the state of Nirvana, following the path of The Buddha, or the enlightened one, popularly known as Siddhartha Gautam Buddha or Gautam Buddha who went for the quest of enlightenment around 6th century BC. Though Buddhists claim they don’t worship any statues or idols, they do claim they help themselves concentrating on meditation by meditation in front of Buddha Statues.
The Buddhist philosophy preaches that there is no existence of god. Instead they focus on attaining the true nature of life. The Buddhists believe that nothing is permanent or fixed and that the change is inevitable fact of life. The Enlightenment can be achieved through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom. The belief of life’s endless journey and also that it is perishable, uncertain and suffering has been the basic teachings for the Buddhists all over the world. They also believe that the existence is endless as the individual living soul can reincarnate over and over again and experience various aspects of life throughout many lives. On the contrary, life is impermanent because no state whether it’s good or bad, lasts forever. The chief cause of suffering is the consequence of the belief that things can last forever.
The Buddhism and its history is the result of one man’s quest for enlightenment through rigorous practice. His teachings helped lead the path in the ways of living for the followers of this religion. So who is this man? Where did he come from? How did he achieve enlightenment and what made him follow the path of meditation to be enlightened?
The Buddha
The Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautam, as he was known before he got enlightened, was a royal prince in modern day Nepal over 2600 years ago. Born and raised in the life of privilege and luxury, he was kept at bay from the life’s ultimate truth of suffering, pain and death until the day when he left the palace and encountered for the first time, an old man, a sick man and a corpse. Upon learning the truth, the disturbed prince left all his physical belongings, even his wife and a new born son, to be a monk before adopting the harsh poverty of Indian asceticism  Yet, he got no satisfaction from either of the paths, therefore choosing “the Middle Path” – a life without luxury but also without poverty. Then finally, one day, seated beneath a Bodhi tree, the former prince became deeply absorbed into meditation and reflected on his experience of the life he has had till then until he became enlightened. By finding the path to enlightenment, Siddhartha, the prince, was led from the pain of suffering and rebirth towards the path of enlightenment and became known as the Buddha or ‘awakened one’.

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