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What is Buddhism?Buddhism is a religion that originated in India around 500 B.C.E. It is nontheistic since there is no belief in a particular god; change is possible. Buddhists believe in the path to enlightenment and that life is endless(reincarnation). This religion was invented by Sidddhartha Gautama(the Buhha), who is known as "the awakened one."

Eightfold PathRight view (Know the truth)Right intentions (Free the mind of evil)Right speech (Say nothing that hurts others)Right action (Work for the good of others)Right livelihood (Respect life)Right effort (Resist evil)Right concentration (Practice meditation)Right mindfulness (Control your thoughts)

Types of RitualsMeditation-A way to stay mentally focused and mindful. It is a way to achieve enlightenment.Mantra(a Sanskrit word meaning "protects the mind")- A sacred sound that is believed to invoke deities, collect supernatural power, and provoke personal protectionMudras-involves symbolic hand gestures in order to stimulate specific ideas, Buddhas, deities and/or scenesBuddhist pilgrimage- Siddhartha Gautama lived and taught in northern India.Bowing- To show respect to Buddha

RitualsRituals are commonly performed in order to understand Buddhism and free your mind from your problems. They are also useful in the path to one's enlightenment(bodhi). Enlightment can be described as awakening from your delusions.

Cultural DiffusionBuddhism started around 563 B.C when Siddhartha Gautama lived outside of his palace. Troubled by poverty, illnesses, and misery, he gave away all of his belongings and decided not to live a wealthy lifestyle.After going through a period of starvation, Gautama found the middle way; he achieved the stage of nirvana. From there, he taught others his views on the Middle Path. Gautama died in 483 B.C.E. In the 3rd century B.C.E., Asoka(a king) was troubled by the fact of humanity with war; he renounced warfare and focused on Buddhism. Asoka sent monks to surrounding territories to share the teachings of the Buddha. People across Asia(notably India and Sepal) began to accept the Middle Path.

The Five PreceptsDo not kill. Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not misuse sex. Do not consume alcohol or other drugs.

Eightfold Path

Siddhartha Gautama


“Purity or impurity depends on oneself,No one can purify another.” ― Gautama Buddha

“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.” ― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.” ― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice



Buddhist Pilgrimage


King Ashoka

Missionary WorkSiddhartha Gautama believed in the Middle Path (the way to achieve englightenment). He taught others how to reach the stage of nirvana. Around 300 B.C.E., there was a big war around Asia; Asoka got tired of warfare. He decided to believe in Buddhism; he eventually told monks to spread this religion around Asia. In addition, only a few monks were allowed to go in the same direction in order for tohers to know how a truth can be revealed.

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Buddhist Temple

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Meditation Video

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Four Noble Truths


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