Fundamentals

Fundamentals (1)

These are gentle, easy to read, writings intended to introduce someone to the most basic understandings within Buddhism. Here one can find information on the life of the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, Karma, rebirth, dependent origination, the three universal characteristics and the five aggregates.

There are many ways in which different people in different cultures view Buddhism and particularly, there is clear contrast between the western or modern attitude towards Buddhism with the traditional attitude. An awareness of this contrast is useful (necessary) because point-of-view bias can be a powerful limitation to understanding.  Such bias can then lead to roadblocks on the path to awakening.

Introducing Buddha's Compassion

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 17:23 Written by

The admonition given by the Buddha in the first verse of the Dhammapada that the human mind is responsible for everything we do- good or evil, is reiterated and embodied in the preamble to the UNESCO Charter of Human Rights which states: 'Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defense of peace must be constructed.'

The Buddha had many enemies. His own cousin, Devadatta, unsuccessfully attempted to kill him three times, and rival religious leaders tried to defame him by accusing him of adultery and falsehood. But the Buddha remained in their midst, unpolluted like the lotus flower which has come to symbolize purity in Buddhism. The Buddha was in the world, but not of the world.

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