How can we begin to understand such a diverse and ancient religion? The width of Buddhism is immense. It is a religion without any written rules. Buddhism is based on self-discovery. Buddhists are born with the quest to find their true form. They believe that they are prisoners of the physical plain until they reach nirvana. Nirvana is the ultimate goal for a Buddhist. It is the state that saves them from all suffering and evil. They believe that only nirvana can remove them from the never-ending circle of life. The same circle that puts them back in a world of suffering and pain. The very thing they want to escape from.
Buddhists must conquer the mind before they could ever reach nirvana. The mind is full of lust and greed. A Buddhist eradicates temptations like greed and lust by rejecting the source of evil. They live independently from most of the luxuries required by westerners. They rely mainly on the basic necessities of life. By removing temptation, they gain more control of the mind.
Buddhists are very spiritual about their surroundings. They cherish all living things. They would remove all living organism with such care before an area is used for construction. Reducing the suffering of others provides a meaning to their lives. They believe that all things have the right to live. By doing good things they ease the mind from all the suffering around them. We cannot remove suffering. We can only reduce it. By controlling the mind, we control most of the suffering we create ourselves. We are neurotic beings that strive on suffering. Most people do not control their suffering. The suffering controls them.
Is an open mind a good thing It is fashionable today to have an "open mind" and to subscribe to pluralist theories. It is no longer acceptable to have and defend your own viewpoint. They tell us that every culture and every opinion and every idea has merit in and of itself and that no one has the right to argue that. They tell us that if we impose our own ideas and culture and viewpoints upon ...
Most religions believe in different dogmas. A dogma is an informed idea of what the gods look like. We can never be absolutely sure what God really looks like. Still, we believe in it so strongly that we would start wars over the different dogmas. The Buddhist outsmarted the rest of the crowd by being the individual. They do not believe a god. A major misconception is where people think they worship Buddha. They only believe that the ideas of the first Buddha would lead them to nirvana. The first known Buddha was Gautama Siddharta. He was the first one to teach others the way of a Buddhist. Unfortunately his teachings were all orally and only passed on by later generations, causing many of his original ideas to be changed.
Buddhists insist that karma plays an important part in their reincarnation. The reincarnation is the rebirth of a person into the next life. By reaching nirvana, the cycle stops and they are not reborn again. By living by the constant fear of karma, they live prosperous lives. They always try to find peaceful solutions to all problems. Buddhists are peaceful people but they are not pacifists. They will only turn to violence if they have to defend themselves. They loathe wars because it takes lives. This might give them a negative outlook on the world and provide a negative reincarnation. To a Buddhist, every action on earth will have its consequences. It is just the magnitude of the consequences that have them worried. They try and live a pure life to ensure a prosperous reincarnation.
Buddhists do not challenge other religions. They believe that by honoring other religions that they help their own religion. They will not argue with you about your religion. They know that you are only fighting about a certain dogma. They will also not try and convert you to Buddhism. They think that it would be devastating to westerners because of our strong beliefs in our dogmas. They will merely try and show you the guidelines of Buddhism. Through these guidelines you can find your own way.
Buddhism is a very difficult religion because of its diversity. There is no right and wrong. What might be right for you, might be wrong according to others. It all basically depends on you. The only way to truly see all the possibilities of Buddhism is to study it for many years. Then at the end of your life you might have found the truth. What is the truth? That is up to you.
Religion since time immemorial has been the essence of man’s existence. It has been a guide for people in knowing the meaning of their lives. To some cultures, religion plays a vital role in their everyday living and decision making. To some, religion is the only way to discover the secrets of this world and the world beyond. One of the world’s oldest cultures is found in China. The Chinese ...