The Buddhas way of life

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The Buddhas way of life

History of Buddhism Buddhism was founded 2,500 years ago in India by Siddhartha Gautama. It was built off of Hinduism and its beliefs. Gautama began Buddhism to teach about suffering and compassion when he witnessed the four sights: the old, the sick, a corpse, and the Ascetic monks. Gautama was confined to a postive envirnoment where his father only showed him the positive things in life, then when he was exposed to pain and suffering he learned about compassion towards others and began teaching others about suffering and compassion.

What Would The Buddha Do About Bullying issues? Bullying is a serious issue that affects the mental, physical or emotional state of a person.A person who is getting bullied may be forced into doing something that they don't want to do (giving up lunch money).Bullying can cause long term trauma on the victim that can effect them for the rest of their life. Little things that may seem harmless to a person( such as posting a mean comment or excluding someone from participating in a game) can actually cause severe negative impacts on the person getting bullied. Here is a story from an anonymous person who got bullied: I am a grade 11 student who is being bullied by one of my classmates who always says im not good enough to be at this school and always makes fun of what i wear. She makes me feel really bad about my self and always puts me down. Buddha, what should i do? What would the Buddha do in this situation? The Buddha would first know that this suffering is a part of life and that every living being will suffer at some part of their life, he calls this Dukkha. Even though suffering is a part od life there are still actions the Buddha beleives are wrong and they are exressed in his teachings. The eightfold path teaches about how someone should live. Only five of the teaching are used for this moral issue and they are: right thought, right speech, right conduct, right effort, and right mindfulness. Someone who bullies another being doesn't have right thought because they have not beed freed from ill-will and cruel thoughts. Right speech is also important because the bully is probably using harsh language towards a person. Right conduct is not present because he is breaking one of the five precepts, he is harming a living being. Right effort is absent because the bully does not have good will towards others meaning all evil thoughts have not been conquered. When the bully engages in unwholesome acts he is lacking right mindfulness. Another teaching that relates to bullying is two of the six perfections: morality and wisdom. Morality relates to bullying because it helps someone differentiate right from wrong and wisdom because it means someone has good judgement and may be hard for someone to judge the act. The final teaching is one of the five precepts. The first precept is: abstain from harming all living beings. This precept is being broken because harming a living being doesn't only mean physically but also emotionally and mentally. Therefore if a bully is either physically or is engaging in verbal bullying the first precept is being broken.

Teachings, Beliefs and Practices The Five Precepts- Rules followed to help a person avoid acts that might cause suffering. (Abstain from: Killing, Stealing, Imporper sexual conduct, False speech, taking alcohol or drrugs). 4 Noble Truths- Shows the causes of unhappiness and how to mend it. (Noble truth of: Suffering, Origin of Suffering, Extinction of Suffering, and path leading to the Extinction of Suffering). Eightfold path- When used together it can lead to a path of self-conquest, peace and nirvana (Right: View, Thought, Speech, Conduct, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, Concentration.) The first sermon in Deer Park- Where Siddhartha first preached his teachings (Nobel truth of: Sorrow, Arising of Sorrow, Stopping of sorrow, Truth of the way). Three charactersitics of existence- In life the Buddha belived that there are three fundamental characteristics to all living things (Anicca- Impermanence, and believe that nothing stays the same; Dukkha- Dissatifaction, and believe that there is no such thing as continuous happiness because everyone experiences suffering; Anatta- Selflessness, there are five parts to a person: bdy,feels things, has ideas, can think, aware of things around them) Six Perfections- Practices followed by a Bohdisattva ( giving morality, patience, vigour, meditation, and wisdom) Meditation- to a Buddhist, meditation leads to wisdom and leads to nirvana. with meditation, Buddhists can follow the Buddhas teachings more precisely. A person may bow to show respect to the Buddha, monks and nuns and on other occassions, lay people may bow to honour the Three Refuges. When praying a person will hold their hands together to the head, lips and chest to signify mind, speech and body.

The Buddha's way of life

I am the Buddha. My teachings help people find the path to enlightenment.

Enlightenment Enlightenment is an essential part of the Buddhists religion because it doesn't only help you reach nirvana but it also ends samsara(cycle if rebirth). Enlighenment is when someone understands the truth of life and gains freedom from ignorence. When enlightenment is achieve someone has let go of their desires and by doing that, they have eliminated suffering from their life and replaced it with wisdom and peace. Someone can achieve enlightenment by following the middle way. Followinng the middle way is when you don't live in extream glory or extream poverty, you simply live on the path between both. At first it will be difficult to follow the middle way but with the help of the Buddhas teachings and meditation the middle way can be followed much easier. Once enlightenment is achived Nirvana can be achieved. Nirvana Nirvana is simply a result of enlightenment. When a person achieves enlightenment they have found peace. Nirvana is when after someone finds peace they enter a state of everlasting serenity, truth, tranquility and peace and nothing can cause mental or physical suffering to a person. It is important to note that nirvana is a state of mind and not a place. Nirvana is also achieved through meditation, a variety of prayers and by gaining good merit/karma. A person can be in this state of being for multiple days maybe even weeks and only then can a person can be in a permanent state of happiness and liberation.

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How to become a Buddhist monk or nun If you are thinking about becoming a Buddhist monk or nun you should follow these basic steps to help ensure that you will be the best monk or nun you can be. 1. Learn about the Buddhas teachings. 2. Join a temple or sangha and find yourself a spiritual mentor. 3. Begin meditating and give up all you possessions/desires. 4. Begin participating in ceremonies and take the Bodhisattva vow. 5. Then you are officially an Buddhist monk or nun.

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