Buddhism DeAyre Johnson

(Two young Buddhist monks)

Founder

Buddha, ( Sanskrit: “awakened one”) clan name (Sanskrit) Gautama or (Pali) Gotama, personal name (Sanskrit) Siddhartha or (Pali) Siddhatta (born c. 6th–4th century bce, Lumbini, near Kapilavastu, Shakya republic, Kosala kingdom [now in Nepal]—died , Kusinara, Malla republic, Magadha kingdom [now Kasia, India]), the founder of Buddhism, one of the major religions and philosophical systems of southern and eastern Asia. Buddha is one of the many epithets of a teacher who lived in northern India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries before the Common Era. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Buddha-founder-of-Buddhism

Creator

Buddists dont believe in a creator because they feel like he must be a being who can observe the world, who thinks, who does things like creation and who communicates with other beings. This supreme being can be satisfied with his creation and could reward them. Or he could be unhappy with his creation and punish them. He could decide to punish, and then change his mind and grant pardon. He could communicate laws to his creation at some point, then change or update the laws later. He might want his creation to worship him and could reward them for it. From the perspective of Buddhism, such a being displays all the marks of conditioning, hence cannot be eternal or absolute. Such a being must be within the realm of suffering just as you and I, and must at some point pass away. It is not inconceivable that there are beings with extremely long lives, who have powers and influence over other beings, but they cannot possibly be eternal, absolute or exclusively unique, according to Buddhism. Even the Buddha himself (the person who thinks and moves and communicates) had passed away. http://buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/11626/why-do-buddhists-believe-there-is-no-creator

Main Diety

(Buddha Shakyamuni)

Buddhas number one diety happens to be Buddha Shakyamuni is the historical Buddha, who lived around 600 BC and is considered the founder of the Buddhist religion. You would recognize this diety more amongst the rest because Buddha Shakyamuni’s representations are usually scarcely decorated and show him scantily dressed. The hair is typically blue and the head is surrounded by an enlightenment aura. He is depicted in meditation posture and holding a begging bowl in his left hand. The right hand touches the ground (a mudra called Bhumisparsa or “calling the earth to witness” = Buddha has called the earth as a witness of his inexorable path to enlightenment). His two favorite students flank him on his right and left side. https://www.gesar-travel.com/10-most-important-buddhas-deities/?lang=en

Beliefs

Some basic Buddhism beliefs are Buddha is Not a God, You Should Not Believe Anything Without Thinking, Gods and Deities are Cultural, Don’t worry too much about the nature of God, The Purpose of Life, The Afterlife Depends on this Life, Books and Teachings are Very Important, Meditation is Key, Healing Comes from Mind, It’s Up To Ourselves, Bodies Are Precious, Your Spiritual Community is Important, Interconnectedness is the Nature of Reality, It’s Good to Be Good, Compassion is Key, Sex is Neither Bad nor Good, Strive for Balance, It’s Never Too Late to Begin. http://buddhismbeliefs.org

Important texts

Some important Buddhism texts are Accomplishing Dream Yog Written by Dalai Lama, Second, Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland Written by Atisha ,Bodhisattva's Song Written by Chandragomi, Buddha: Sex and the Middle Pat Written by Buddha Shakyamuni, Candamaharosana tantra: Worship Woman Written by Unknown, Create a Dream Body Written by Dalai Lama, Fourteenth, Dalai Lama: Innate Joy Written by Dalai Lama, Seventh, Dalai Lama: Karmamudra Written by Dalai Lama, Second, Dalai Lama: Relying on a Partner Written by Dalai Lama, Fourteenth ,Dalai Lama: Sex and Kalachakra Written by Dalai Lama, Fourteenth, Dalai Lama: Teachings about Sex Written by Dalai Lama, Dombipa: The Tiger-RideR Written by Mondup Sherab, Eight Verses on Mind Training Written by Langri Thangpa, Illusory Nature Written by Niguma, Kalachakra: Bliss Written by Khedrug Norsang Gyatso, Kalachakra: Bodhichitta, Written by Khedrug Norsang Gyatso, Longchenpa: Masturbatio Written by Longchenpa Marpa: Sexual Transmutation Written by Marpa, Meditating on Dream Illusions Written by Glorian Publishing, Milarepa Interprets a Dream Written by Milarepa Milarepa: Karmamudra Written by Milarepa, Milarepa: Sexual Energy Written by Milarepa , Naropa: Dream Yoga Written by Naropa, Naropa: Inner Heat Yoga Written by Naropa http://gnosticteachings.org/scriptures/buddhist.html

Influence

Buddhism spread eastwards and forever changed China, Korea, and Japan. Buddhism wisely explained the human condition and offered consolation other religions did not give. It also introduced a culture of compassion into societies where survival depended on social status and where poverty was cruelly abundant. But the new religion did not only impacted the society as such. It also changed the political constellations in these countries. And while other strong religions competed for political influence in Chine or Japan, countries such as Thailand, Tibet, or Burma became Buddhist kingdoms. The entire south East Asia was changed by Buddhism - its philosophy and aesthetics. A monastic culture was established and created not only a new social structure, but also a new ideal. Buddhist ethics permeated the societies in which Buddhism took root. Finally, Buddhism spread to the West. On the one hand, Asian immigrants brought Buddhism with them and established places of warship. On the other, interested Western travelers and scholars contributed to the popularity of Buddhism and the spread of religion outside of Asia. Entire faculties at many universities were established in order to pursue the study of Buddhism. Buddhist philosophy, art, and architecture found a new growth. Buddhist psychology and the ideal of ahimsa or non-violence plays important role in some segments of the Western societies as well. A new monastic culture was established and secures a steady flow of ideas between the east and the West. Non-violence is one of the precepts of Buddhism. It must be said that also there were some violent wars between the followers of different religions (Hindu-Buddhist conflicts in India, Taoist-Buddhist conflicts in China, violent power struggle between various Buddhists sects in Japan), Buddhism never initiated a major war.http://spaceforbeautifulmind.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-did-buddha-influence-world.html?m=1

Spread

Long ago, Buddhism began to spread southwards from its place of origin in Northern India to Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Indo-China and other South East Asian countries. It also moved Northwards through Kashmir Afghanistan along the ‘Silk road’ into the Himalayan kingdoms (Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal), Tibet, Mongolia and other parts of Central Asia, and also into China, and later Korea and Japan. This was a fortunate development because Buddhism had all but died out in India after the Muslim incursions of the eleventh Century CE. In more modern times, the spread of Communism has also virtually obliterated Buddhism from various other countries where it was once strongly established (e.g. China, Vietnam, Tibet, Mongolia etc.). There is now a resurgence of Buddhism in these countries. Nowadays, however, Buddhism is attracting an increasing following in Europe and the Americas. In Asia, it is thriving in countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Korea and Japan. http://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/page/the-spread-of-buddhism

Impact

Some cities became centers for Buddhist learning, and many beautiful Buddhist temples and paintings are still admired today. Missionaries eventually brought Buddhism to most of Asia. They also spread Indian culture and helped increase trade. Eventually Buddhism spread to China, Korea and Japan, giving large parts of Asia similar cultures. Today, Buddhism is even popular in Europe and the United States. Buddhist meditation classes help many people relax and reduce their stress after a hard day. https://www.reference.com/world-view/did-buddhism-impact-world-a3f4d1b85e8513c0

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