INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
Learn about the father of Buddhism, “The Buddha” was born Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal, in approximately 566 BC. When he was twentynine years old, he left the comforts of his home to seek the meaning of the suffering he saw around him. After six years of arduous yogic training, he abandoned the way of self-mortification and instead sat in mindful meditation beneath a bodhi tree. On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one. The Buddha wandered the plains of northeastern India for 45 years more, teaching the path or Dharma he had realized in that moment. Around him developed a community or Sangha of monks and, later, nuns, drawn from every tribe and caste, devoted to practicing this path. In approximately 486 BC, at the age of 80, the Buddha died. His last words are said to be… Impermanent are all created things; Strive on with awareness.
What is Buddhism
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhist practices like meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood. An enlightened being sees the nature of reality absolutely clearly, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision. This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.
Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. So Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender. It teaches practical methods which enable people to realize and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives.
Effort and Patience
This lifestyle begins with applying effort and patience. Buddhism encourages people to be patient with their duties and to persevere in life. There are no short cuts in life, everything comes through hard work and dedication, even a spiritual life. Everything is possible with your effort and patience.
Buddhism encourages people to behave themselves in the principal of morality and the law of where ever you may live. That is the main driver of prosperity in their life. Morality guides oneself from all evil actions that lead you to a failed life, such as addiction, cheating on your loved one, killing a living being, stealing and lying etc.
Loving Kindness and Compassion
Buddhism encourages people to be kind and compassionate. Love others such as you love yourself. Support each other in good times and bad by keeping this attitude of loving kindness and compassion in your mind. All beings in all directions are considered relatives (brothers and sisters) who have come to this world together and to share in this life. So, be kind and do not harm each other. Show love, kindness and compassion to all of those who are around you.
Mental Development and Meditation
The attitude of Buddhism is about human beings being disciplined in to be the most real person that they can ultimately be. If one trains good enough, you will reach the best quality of a human being. This applies to the mind, how you thin, how you act, and how you life your life. The highest goal of Buddhism is to reach the inner most perfect peace and happiness which is called Nirvana. The possibility of reaching all the best of your inner qualities can be received from mental development and meditation.
The Buddhist lifestyle must be acted through ones’ patience, acting a moral way, and through living in the basic norm of society. This lifestyle is supported through loving kindness, compassion to all beings. Try your hardest in life and be the best that you can be, whether that is parenting, being a supportive family member, or a good friend or spouse. Always make time for inner peace, spend time for mental development, to be the best that you possibly can be.