has its adherents in millions all around the world. The word Buddhism is
coined from 'budhi' meaning 'to awaken'. And truly so, the religion, that
has a 2500-year-old history, attempts to make people aware, experience,
learn and then respond wisely to a number of situations that fate might have
in store. Founder Lord Buddha himself attained enlightenment at the age of
35. His followers began to grow in number with the passage of time. Buddha
commenced on a mission to preach his noble and godly thoughts to the whole
world. Even the rulers and kings of those times surrendered to the
philosophy of life Buddha set forth. The convincing and satisfying truths of
life took people by storm and they established it in the form of a religion.
Buddhism - A Philosophy Rather Than A Religion
Today, in this modern day world, Buddhism is conceived as a philosophy
rather than a religion. And it is all due to the hard realities that truly
are a way of life. The religion stresses upon leading a moral life and to
observe equality everywhere. It makes one aware of one's thoughts and deeds.
It guides to learn from our actions and thereby attain wisdom. Buddhism
serves a purpose to life and rejects inequality and injustice. The faith
gives a code of life and if one follows it could ultimately lead to true
happiness throughout one's life. The love of wisdom takes you to attain
Niravana or the ultimate freedom.
Buddhism - One Solution To Many Problems
Buddhism is gaining more and more renown all across the globe. There are a
number of reasons for it. The basic one is the fact that the religion has
answers to the questions that the materialistic societies face today.
Besides, Buddhism also offers solutions for a deep understanding of the
human mind. There are even some natural therapies which have won acclaims by
renowned psychologists around the world. The faith also adopts a scientific
approach towards the adversities of life. Most importantly, Buddhism is not
a specified package of beliefs that one needs to follow in all its entirety.
Buddha - The Man With A Vision
Buddha was not a god nor did he claim to be one. He was a man of experience
and noble thoughts. He had clearly understood the hard realities of life and
thus devoted himself to preach his philosophy of life to attain peace all
throughout the life. Buddhists sometimes may be noticed paying homage to the
image of lord Buddha. But it's not done as if to worship him. Nor do they
ask for any favours. This is done just as a mark of respect for a man who
experienced, understood and envisaged what other could not. The renowned
Buddha posture, sitting with his hand rested gently in his lap and a
compassionate smile across the face, conveys a message of peace and love to
one and all.
Buddhism - The Basic Concept
Buddhism has been segregated into a number of sects. The emphasis varies
from country to country owing to the customs and traditions that prevail
there. Notwithstanding the divisions, the basic concept always remains the
same - the dharma or the truth. Buddhism is also, at the same time, tolerant
of all other beliefs and religions. This system of belief does agree with
the moral principles of other religions. It, however, goes further and
provides us with a long term purpose in life.
Anyone Is Welcome
Anyone is welcome to test and adopt the principles of Buddhism. Lord Budhha
himself advised his disciples and followers not to take his words as the
final say. He rather told them to experience these on their own and learn
themselves. And it is this liberty of opinion that made Buddha so famous all
over and established Buddhism as one of the most significant faiths in the