What is Buddhism?

                   What is Buddhism 

The word Buddhism or Buddha is derived from the word 'Buddhi'. It means to be awake. Therefore, Buddhism is the philosophy of staying awake or spending time consciously. Buddhism is the religion that Siddhartha Gautama or the Buddha realized when he was 35 years old. Buddhism, which is over 2500 years old, is practiced by over 300 million followers worldwide.

About a hundred years ago, Buddhism was restricted to a few Asian countries, but since then Buddhism has spread rapidly in Europe and the United States. Buddhism in BC The Dhamma was preached by Gautama Buddha, who appeared in India around the 5th century. He was able to comprehend the realities of the world without the external help of anyone due to the extraordinary wisdom born of mental concentration.

The message in the sermons of the Buddha is very clear. It says that the existence of this life, which is constantly being born and dies, is very miserable and that we should enter into a principle that will stop this existence without delay. Such warnings point out that the Buddha is the cause of the existence of this (born and dying) Sasara, and that by eliminating that cause, this existence can be stopped in this life itself. The program to stop this is presented in a very perfect way.

Theravada Buddhism is the Buddhist tradition that preserves the teachings of the Buddha in the same way without any change. Currently this tradition exists in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma. Tradition Mahayana Dhamma which went in a different direction by editing some of the basic teachings | Mahayana Buddhism is a tradition. This is the case in countries like Japan, Korea and China.

What is special about Buddhism is that more than 18,000 sermons of the Buddha, which were preserved by the monks in the wild (memorized in the same way as the original sermon), are still preserved today. This book is called the Tripitaka. Even today, a student of those sermons can see the amazing understanding of the Lord Buddha. In the same way, there is no obstacle today to end the suffering of the world through the path that He spoke.

“Ye Dhamma Hethuppabhava - Thesan Hethun Thathagatho Aha Thesang Chayo Nirodho - Evan Wadi Maha Samano"

If there is a cause, then the realist explains it; He preached their restraint (and total annihilation). (The Supreme Buddha) is the name of the great ascetic who says: - How Ven. Assaji briefly recited the Dhamma of Lord Buddha to Upatissa Piriveji.

The Buddha's wisdom caught a danger that exists in this life, but is invisible to the naked eye. That is, during the journey of life we ​​have to be born in different worlds. Except in the human world, in places accessible to us, such as the animal world; We have to be born in places where we do not get caught, such as the ghost world, hell, the divine world. The danger of Sasara's existence is its inanimate (which cannot be held in its own place) nature; Hence the impossibility of escaping such a miserable world as hell.

Regardless of the world in which one is born, birth is often associated with aging (decay), death, mourning, mourning (paradise), physical suffering (suffering), mental anguish (sighing), sighing (trickery), and separation from loved ones. The Buddha points out that there is a lot of suffering such as being (Vippayogo misery in the father), unpleasant objects as well as being with people (Appiya Sampayogo misery), not getting what one wants.

Although the human world may appear to be a mixture of pleasures and pains, one can see that our lives are constantly changing in nature (impermanent), and therefore miserable (suffering) as well as (inanimate) in nature that he cannot sustain himself in the way he wants.

This Dhamma has only one goal. That is, liberation from the existence of Sasara or attaining Nirvana. The essence of the Dhamma is liberation. There is a program for that called the Aryan Octagonal Path. The sermons include without any shortcomings how it should be taken more as seela, samadhi, wisdom. This is a religion that can achieve results in this very life (sanditika), which must be understood (openika) within oneself, so it provides a real opportunity for wise people to direct their thinking.

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