Who is Buddha?
The enlightened one of wisdom and truth
What is Buddhism trying to break the cycle of?
Birth, death and re birth
Who is Nirvana?
The great eternal spirit. If you break the cycle you will join Nirvana
Desire is the cause of?
to follow the Buddha you must
remove all desire and attachment
essential to understanding Buddhism
the 4 noble truths, the eightfold path, the 3 jewels and the 5 precepts
Religion in India developed out of 2 cultures
1. The original Dravadian Empire ( 350 bc)
2. The immigrant Ayran society (200bc)
Hindu society took its shape from
the story of Purusha the cosmic man.
the castes in hindu society
Brahmans, Kshatryias and the Vanishyas
How did they believe they could achieve good karma?
Through devotion and discipline of the mind and body
Who were the Sangha?
Buddha's closest companions who followed his instructions on how to live and and develope in the spiritual life
How did they live?
As wandering beggers following Buddha's teachings
What did the Sangha decide?
The truth of the Dharma and how to live it out
Fairness and equality and that each could make decisions without seeking an external leader
Why were the councils important?
They gave the means of the oldest institution in the world to adapt and survive to varying circumstances
First 4 noble truths???
1. Suffering exists
2. Origins of suffering
3. The end of suffering
4. The path to the end of suffering
Buddha has 2 bodies
physical and the Dharma. The Dharma is the body of his teaching.
Sobom dikum means?
All is suffering
Suffering is caused by?
Desire and pleasure or the illusion of pleasure
Concept of no self/ permanent identity
not just caring about yourself by not being selfish you don't create desire
Karma refers to wilful action
Everything is momentary
Have a high moment then a low comes after
Everything can be determined as suffering
Who was Asoka?
First Buddhist emperor
How did Asoka gain control?
His fierceness and skill in battle