[2015] Abby Uy: Buddhism

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[2015] Abby Uy: Buddhism

Founded in the late 6th century B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama or Gautama Buddha (author of the Dhammapada)

Siddhartha Gautama's Life:• warrior son of a king and queen• provided with many luxuries• wanted to end human suffering• left hs family and almost starved• attained Nirvana after meditating• became Buddha, started teaching


The Eight-Fold Path:

1. Right Views(4 Noble Truths)2. Right Intention3. Right Speech4. Right Action5. Right Livelihood/Occupation6. Right Endeavor7. Right Mindfulness8. Right Concentration

Nirvana-freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations and suffering

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. -Buddha

Middle Path/Middle Way- characterizes the Buddha's life and represents rejection of all extreme thoughts, emotions, and actions

Bodhi Tree- the tree that Buddha became enlightened under; also where his followers worshipped after his death

Four Noble Truths:1. Life is suffering (dukkha)2. Suffering is casued by desire (samudaya)3. Suffering has an end (nirhodha)4. There is a path that frees us from suffering (magga)

Stupas:• most important Buddhist monument• houses cremated remains or possessions of important saintly figures• semispherical shape

Buddha's View on Caste System:• said a person's good and bad deeds should determine their caste, not their birth• condemned it• considered it unjust

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection" -Buddha

Buddha = Enlightened One or Awakened One


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