the belief that life is a cycle that causes suffering.
Suffering is perpetuated by roughly 3 things:
Through meditation, one can free themselves of this cycle by reaching
It also extends to the fact that everything in life comes from all other things, and that those things came from something else and etc.
Example of the suffering cycle:
-A bird dies, and the body's nutrients decay into the ground.
-A berry bush is planted at the same location years later.
-Someone eats a berry from the bush, which in turn is eating the nutrients from the bird.
-This perpetuates life and essentially the suffering cycle.
You can apply this idea towards: space, recycling, and even humans.
1. A religion where all violence is rejected and you are to be one with nature.
Dude, I was gonna save your girlfriend, but I follow buddhism, so I couldn't. She's dead now.
For the most part, For The People's definition is right. However, Buddhism is not a religion, it's a philosophy or, if you prefer, a set of teachings.
Because many people follow the Buddhist teachings, Buddhism is thought to be a religion, even though it's really a philosophy/set of teachings.
Asian philosophy/religion, the central message of which is NOT every man for himself.
Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself!'
If seen as a set of ideas, Buddhism can be a very intelligent and beneficial approach to life. If seen as a religion, it is quite paradoxical and contradictory.
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
Yet, Buddhism is still practiced and passed down by millions of people.
Nobody listened to Him, that is why there is Buddhism.
- J .Krishnamurti
A religion were you have to accept 4 things.
1) All compounded phenomena are impermanent.
2) All emotions are pain
3) all things have no inherent existence
4) Enlightgenment is beyond concepts.
If you accept those four truths, you can rightfully call yourself a Buddhist. You may eat meat, you may not shave your head, you may idolize eminem and Paris Hilton, As long as you accept those, you are buddhist.
Buddhism is way more than a simple smile and a marron skirt.
From the standpoint of the end last things in life and in the universe, Buddhism is a religion of self-extinction; this means that whereas humanism advocates life, life perpetuation, life enhancement, knowledge of the universe as man's #1 concern and also its control or mastery; Buddhism is in its eschatology -- the end things, very, essentially, anti-humanist.
It starts with suffering, as though there is nothing to life but suffering; and it blames desire as responsible for suffering, as though desire is always the cause of suffering and nothing more; from these two premises it builds up a philosophy and a life world view of negativism; so that the ultimate end to be aspired after and worked for is Nirvana, which however not officially defined is known in its etymology as like the candle flame extinguished by a gust of wind.
That is the Buddhism of the elitists, namely, concept persons like monks -- although they are monks for the housing and bread just like in every religious asylum, concept persons who think so as to be divorced from the real world of everyday people, humans who put a lot of importance in the world perceived by the eye, ear, nose, tongue, fingers, and other avenues whereby man knows life and the universe.
Buddhists who are concept people like monks and supposedly scholarly Buddhists think apparently most profoundly, tell us that everything, life and the universe, is best returned to the point before the big bang, therefore a universe and matter and e...