Buddhism by: Inglyand Anderson:A Hour

This is an image of a Buddhism Deity

Who is the Founder of Buddhism?

The founder of Buddhism is Siddhartha Gautama also know and the "awakened one". He was the leader and founder of a sect of wanderer ascetics (Sramanas), one of many sects that existed at that time was all over India. He was born about 300 BCE . He was born into a Hindu warrior caste and was married at the age of 16 and fathered one son.

Siddhartha Gautama, Historical Figure

At the age of 19, Siddhartha Gautama encountered four things his father tried to shield him from.

Facts about Buddha:

  • The 3 major tenents Buddha taught his followers were not to be ignorant, hate others, or get angry.
  • Originally born a wealthy prince, he left it all behind to pursue the path of truth when he saw the poverty andsickness beyond his palace walls.
  • Buddha was not as chubby as many depictions of him would make it appear
  • A few days after his birth, it was predicted by a wise old man that he would later become a great king or a saint that would change the world.

What do Buddhists Believe?

Most religions are based upon a belief in God, or gods. However, the Buddha saw such faith as an obstacle to realizing enlightenment. The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths. The four Truths are the principles that form the foundation of Buddhism they were suffering, the cause of suffering, the end of suffering, and the path. These four truths are called noble because they liberate us from suffering and they are the Buddha’s basic teaching. He also taught the Eightfold Path, a practice and discipline that guides people to realize truth for themselves.

What are some text Buddhist use?

The Tripitaka (Pali Canon), Mahayana Sutras, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead are three major Buddhist texts. The Pali Canon, which means “the word of Buddha,” includes some of the Buddha's discourse, but it also incorporates the teachings.

Image of the Pali Canon

Information about the text!

The Tripitaka (called Tipitaka in Pali) is the earliest collection of buddhist writings. Initially, they were composed orally, but were written down by the third century bce. The word means "the three baskets" and demonstrates how the text were first recorded.

The Sutras were put into writing between the second century BCE and the second century CE, during the time the split between Theravada and Mahayana developed. Since there are so many new works, different divisions of Mahayana develop in different directions depending on which Sutras they used in that area.

The Tibetan the Book of Death acts as a guide for the dead during the state that intervenes death and the next rebirth. Padma Sambhava is considered to be one of the first persons to bring Buddhism to Tibet.

What were the impacts of Buddhism on the world?

Buddhism promoted education and inspired literature, art, architecture and changes in Indian society. This religion helped spread Indian culture and increased trade. Soon after Buddhism spreads to China, Japan, and Korea. Today Buddhism is also very popular in Europe and the United States.

How did it spread?

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. Buddha spent his life traveling throughout the whole northern India spreading his messages and he left his son and wife at the age of 29 to share his beliefs and teachings to the world.

What were the influences of the Buddhism religion?

The influences of Buddhism is how widely Buddha expanded on it and how eager he was to spread it throw out India.It influences the local culture on three main aspects of literature, art and ideology. Many famous poems have ideas from Buddhism and many Buddhist stone statues can be found, which show its huge influence.

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