As you guys know, I’ve been exploring different religions, and this time around, I will take a look into Buddhism. So, let’s try for a little bit of background on this religion. The founder is Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha. It started around 2,500 years ago in India, and it has approximately 470 million followers making it one of the dominant religions. It was interesting for me to read that Buddhist ideas and philosophies overlap with those of other faiths.
Buddhism Key Beliefs:
They don’t acknowledge a supreme god or deity. Still, their main focus is to achieve the enlightenment of inner peace and wisdom. So, in another afterlife, they’re said to have experienced nirvana.
The Buddha isn’t considered as a God but an extraordinary man. And as a matter of fact, the word Buddha means “enlightened.”
The path to enlightenment is reached by using morality, meditation and wisdom and Buddhists believe that meditation will uncover the truth.
Due to many philosophies and interpretations within this religion, which makes it tolerant and forever evolving.
Some of the followers see Buddhism as a way of living not an organised religion.
Buddhism encourages its people to avoid self-indulgence but also self-denial.
Buddha’s most essential teachings, known as The Four Noble Truths, are critical to understanding the religion.
They believe in karma and reincarnation.
Some of the Buddhism symbols are the lotus flower, the eight-spoked dharma wheel, the Bodhi tree and the swastika (an ancient symbol whose name means “well-being” or “good fortune” in Sanskrit).
Specifically, all Buddhists live by five moral precepts, which prohibit:
Killing living things
Taking what is not given
Using drugs or alcohol
All that I wrote and learnt came from research so, if you find any mistakes, please let me know, and I’ll fix them.