The life of the Buddha

All religions have some basic rules that define what is good conduct and what kind of conduct should be avoided. In Buddhism, the most important rules are the Five Precepts.

                           1. No killing.
                           2. No stealing .
                           3. No sexual misconduct.
                           4. No lying .
                           5. No intoxicants.



            "The kind of seed sown
             will produce that kind of fruit.
             Those who do good will reap good results.
             Those who do evil will reap evil results.
             If you carefully plant a good seed,
             You will joyfully gather good fruit."
 (Dhammapada)




Namo Shakyamuni Buddha 

Buddhism



Introduction

For more than 2,500 years, the religion we know today as Buddhism has been the primary inspiration behind many successful civilizations, the source of great cultural achievements and a lasting and meaningful guide to the very purpose of life for millions of people. Today, large numbers of men and women from diverse backgrounds throughout our world are following the Teachings of the Buddha. So who was the Buddha and what are His Teachings?


The Buddha

The man who was to become the Buddha was born Siddhattha Gotama around 2,600 years ago as a Prince of a small territory near what is now the Indian-Nepalese border. Though he was raised in splendid comfort, enjoying aristocratic status, no amount of material pleasure could satisify the enquiring and philosophic nature of the young man. At the age of 29 he left palace and family to search for a deeper meaning in the secluded forests and remote mountains of North-East India. He studied under the wisest religious teachers and philosophers of his time, learning all they had to offer, but he found it was not enough. He then struggled alone with the path of self- mortification, taking that practice to the extremes of asceticism, but still to no avail. 

Then, at the age of 35, on the full moon night of May, he sat beneath the branches of what is now known as the Bodhi Tree, in a secluded grove by the banks of the river Neranjara, and developed his mind in deep but luminous, tranquil meditation. Using the extraordinary clarity of such a mind with its sharp penetrative power generated by states of deep inner stillness, he turned his attention to investigate upon the hidden meanings of mind, universe and life. Thus he gained the supreme Enlightenment experience and from that time on he was known as the Buddha. His Enlightenment consisted of the most profound and all-embracing insight into the nature of mind and all phenomena. This Enlightenment was not a revelation from some divine being, but a discovery made by Himself and based on the deepest level of meditation and the clearest experience of the mind. It meant that He was no longer subject to craving, ill-will and delusion but was free from their shackles, having attained the complete ending of all forms of inner suffering and acquired unshakeable peace.


Kamma 

Kamma means 'action'. The Law of Kamma means that there are inescapable results of our actions. There are deeds of body, speech or mind that lead to others' harm, one's own harm, or to the harm of both. Such deeds are called bad (or 'unwholesome') kamma. They are usually motivated by greed, hatred or delusion. Because they bring painful results, they should not be done. 

There are also deeds of body, speech or mind that lead to others' well being, one's own well being, or to the well being of both. Such deeds are called good (or 'wholesome') kamma. They are usually motivated by generosity, compassion or wisdom. Because they bring happy results, they should be done as often as possible. 
Thus much of what one experiences is the result of one's own previous kamma. When misfortune occurs, instead of blaming someone else, one can look for any fault in one's own past conduct. If a fault is found, the experience of its consequences will make one more careful in the future. When happiness occurs, instead of taking it for granted, one can look to see if it is the result of good kamma. If so, the experience of its pleasant results will encourage more good kamma in the future. 

The Buddha pointed out that no being whatsoever, divine or otherwise, has any power to stop the consequences of good and bad kamma. The fact that one reaps just what one sows gives to the Buddhist a greater incentive to avoid all forms of bad kamma while doing as much good kamma as possible. 

Though one cannot escape the results of bad kamma, one can lessen their effect. A spoon of salt mixed in a glass of pure water makes the whole very salty, whereas the same spoon of salt mixed in a freshwater lake hardly changes the taste of the water. Similarly, the result of a bad kamma in a person habitually doing only a small amount of good kamma is painful indeed, whereas the result of the same bad kamma in a person habitually doing a great deal of good kamma is only mildly felt. 

This natural Law of Kamma becomes the force behind, and reason for, the practice of morality and compassion in our society.



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the Buddhas' Sasana

                                     Every evil never doing
                                     and in wholesomeness increasing
                                     and one's heart well-purifying:
                                     this is the Buddhas' Teaching.

Lotus 

                                     Think lightly not of goodness,
                                     "It will not come to me",
                                     for by the falling of water drops
                                     a water jar is filled.
                                     The sage with goodness fills himself,
                                     he soaks up little by little.

                                     By oneself is evil done,
                                     by oneself defiled,
                                     by oneself it's left undone,
                                     by self alone one purified.
                                     Purity, impurity on oneself depend,
                                     no one can purify another.
                                                        (Dhammapada Sutta)

BASICS OF BUDDHISM

enmity and amity

Avalokiteśvara  Bodhisattva


Bow the Buddha


Bow to The Buddha

I'm bowing the Buddha

Good Question, Good Answer

Good Question, Good Answer
Bhikkhu Shravasti Dhammika

What is Buddhism?

The name Buddhism comes from the word 'budhi' which means 'to wake up' and thus Buddhism is the philosophy of awakening. This philosophy has its origins in the experience of the man Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, who was himself awakened at the age of 35. Buddhism is now 2,500 years old and has about 300 million followers worldwide. Until a hundred years ago Buddhism was mainly an Asian philosophy but increasingly it is gaining adherents in Europe, Australia and America.

The Dhamma light

The Dhamma light

Lay Follower


"Venerable Sir, to what extent is one a lay follower?"

The Five Precepts


Five Precepts:

1. No killing. 

2. No stealing . 

3. No sexual misconduct. 

4. No lying . 

5. No intoxicants.

Travel to Buddhist Places

Lumbini

Lumbini is in the foothills of the Himalaya, 25 km east of the municipality of Kapilavastu, where the Buddha is said to have lived till the age of 29. Kapilvastu is the name of the place in question as well as of the neighbouring district. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction. Also here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond - where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath - as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate awakening and finally relinquished earthly form.

Following the Buddha's Footsteps


Following the Buddha's Footsteps
Instilling Goodness School
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Talmage, CA 95481 

INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
 
As a child, Siddhartha the Buddha, was troubled by some of the same thoughts that children today have. They wonder about birth and death. They wonder why they get sick and why grandfather died. They wonder why their wishes do not come true. Children also wonder about happiness and the beauty in nature.

EIGHT WORLDLY CONDITIONS

EIGHT WORLDLY CONDITIONS

Vicissitudes of Life (Atthalokadhamma)

FOR THE AGED AND THE SICK

FOR THE AGED AND THE SICK By Ven. Thich Thanh Tu 

THE TRIPLE JEWEL

The Buddha knew it would be difficult for people to follow his teachings on their own, so he established the Three Refuges for them to rely on. If a person wants to become Buddhists take refuge in and rely on the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. These are known as the Triple Jewel. The Sangha are the monks and nuns. They live in monasteries and carry on the Buddha's teaching. The word Sangha means 'harmonious community'. The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha together possess qualities that are precious like jewels and can lead one to enlightenment.

A LESSON IN MEDITATION


Zen Master

Zen Master  Thich Thanh Tu

The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths


1. Life means suffering.

2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

4. The path to the cessation of suffering.

The Noble Eightfold Path

The Noble Eightfold Path

The Way to end all suffering is called the Middle Way because it avoids the two extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. Only when the body is in reasonable comfort but not over-indulged has the mind the clarity and strength to meditate deeply and discover the Truth. This Middle Way consists of the diligent cultivation of Virtue, Meditation and Wisdom, which is explained in more detail as the Noble Eightfold Path.

1. Right View
2. Right Intention 
3. Right Speech 
4. Right Action 
5. Right Livelihood 
6. Right Effort 
7. Right Mindfulness 
8. Right Concentration

Six Perfections

Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva
Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva

To Become a Buddha
A Bodhisattva Has to Practise Six Perfections:

the perfection of giving - dana paramita
the perfection of morality - shila-paramita
the perfection of patience - kshanti-paramita
the perfection of energy - virya-paramita
the perfection of meditation - dhyana-paramita
the perfection of wisdom - prajna-paramira

10 Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

10 Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

Samantabhdra is a popular Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva. He is also known as the Bodhisattva of Great Activity. A Bodhisattva is a "Buddha-to-be," and helps sentient beings along the path to enlightenment.

Samantabhadra listed ten great vows or practices to follow. These practices create merit and virtue helping one to become closer to enlightenment. These ten practices are:

A Rose for Your Pocket

A Rose for Your Pocket 
 by  Thich Nhat Hanh

The thought "mother" cannot be separated from that of "love". Love is sweet, tender, and delicious. Without love, a child cannot flower, an adult cannot mature. Without love, we weaken, wither.

BUDDHIST FESTIVALS

Buddhists have many festivals throughout the year. These festivals celebrate events in the lives of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and famous teachers. During these occasions people can also take refuge and precepts, or leave the home life to become monks and nuns.

Buddhist Music

Namo Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva



BASICS OF BUDDHISM

Buddhist Vegetarianism

Buddhist Vegetarianism
(An Entry from Buddhism A to Z)

All beings--human or beast--
Love life and hate to die.
They fear most the butcher's knife
Which slices and chops them piece-by-piece.
Instead of being cruel and mean,
Why not stop killing and cherish life?
(Cherishing Life, I 83)

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