Buddhism: The Basics by Cathy Cantwell

By Cathy Cantwell

Examines the old improvement of Buddhism and its presence, from its key spiritual texts to practices and ideology. With useful good points together with a map of the Buddhist global, thesaurus of phrases and suggestions for additional learn, this article is appropriate for college kids and readers desirous to familiarise themselves with the Buddhist religion.

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By Cathy Cantwell

Examines the old improvement of Buddhism and its presence, from its key spiritual texts to practices and ideology. With useful good points together with a map of the Buddhist global, thesaurus of phrases and suggestions for additional learn, this article is appropriate for college kids and readers desirous to familiarise themselves with the Buddhist religion.

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Here we meet an important Buddhist symbol, the ‘Dharma Wheel’, an image of which may be displayed prominently above the entrances of Buddhist temples, often flanked by two deer, representing the deer found in the game park in Sarnath. Put simply, the symbolism relates to the idea that the Buddha’s teaching is like a wheel, able to replace and put a stop to the never-ending wheel or cycle of life’s miseries. Generally, especially nowadays, the Dharma Wheel has eight spokes for the Noble Eightfold Path (see Chapter 2), which work together rather than in a strictly progressive sequence.

However, while recognising the value of the meditation systems, both of which required conviction, persistence, mindfulness, concentration and discernment, he remained dissatisfied, since neither attainment brought liberation from the sorrows of life, so, in each case, he travelled on. After he attained Enlightenment, the Ariyapariyesana Sutta notes that it was his two teachers he thought of first when considering who would have the greatest potential to understand the truth he had realised, but he regretfully saw that both had passed away.

After he attained Enlightenment, the Ariyapariyesana Sutta notes that it was his two teachers he thought of first when considering who would have the greatest potential to understand the truth he had realised, but he regretfully saw that both had passed away. It is quite likely that these discourses genuinely preserve a record of the teachings received by the Buddha-to-be in his early days as an ascetic renouncer. It may even be that the meditation practices were adopted from these previous teachers and integrated into the Buddhist system as important components of the training.

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