buddhas in the making, ideal Buddhist for Mahayana sect
ideal for Theravedic, saint who has become awakened, transformed.
the world of constantly changing, "impermanence"
the way it is, the law
Tibetan teacher of the Dharma
cycle of cause and effect.
free from suffering and individual existence
exciting patterned icons
choreographed hand movements
the wheel of reincarnation
the Buddhist community
means meditation, emphasizes meditation versus study of scripture
seated meditation practiced daily
spiritual exercise meant to frustrate the thinking process.
4 noble truths
To live is to suffer, suffering is caused by desire, suffering can be brought to cessation, the solution is the Eightfold path
Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not lie, Do not intoxicate one's self, Do not engage is sensuous actions
Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Greed, Desire, Ignorance
o Largest division
o For the masses
o Focus on the Buddha himself - divine salvation
o Believe in a deep connection with Buddha
o Believe in a pantheon of Buddhas
• Vajra - diamond scepter
o Believe you can attain nirvana here and now
o Primarily practiced in Tibet
o Believe that you can propel yourself to nirvana
• zen - patterned icons that excite
• Mudras - choreographed hand movements
• Mantras - chants
o Hierarchy of lamas
• Dalai Lama is the highest.
"The Way of the Elders"
• Follows earliest texts, original teachings, focus on individual
• Buddha is beyond reach of humans
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