Buddhism Philosophy & Teachings

Schools of Buddhism | Introduction

We will give next a general historical account of the chief branches of Buddhist thought in India such as Vaibhasikas, Sautrantikas, Yogacaras and Madhyamikas and briefly show their relation to the central teachings of the Buddha such as three fundamental principles of Impermanence (anitya), Sorrow (duhkha), and Non-self (anātman).

Buddha in Former Lives

Viewing the glory of the Buddha is a very strong experience and may involve the arousing of the Buddhist Righteous Wish and the very great inspiration to become a Buddha Supreme: This happened to our Gotama Buddha who, in the Buddhist history, began practising the Act of Wishing by thought, to become a Buddha. Gotama did this in the presence of the numerous Supremely Enlightened...

Buddha: From Birth to Enlightenment

Before His Mission on Earth the future Buddha was born in Tusita Heaven, as a deity named Setaketu, enjoying a contented and blissful life. He was also known as Santussita deva the name derived from the divine abode he was staying Nearing the end of his divine lifespan, all the divine beings from the ten thousand universes cordially requested him saying: “Dear Bodhisattva deva it...

Buddha’s First Community disciples

Buddha thought how deep His Dhamma was and how difficult it would be for the people to understand and practise. Coincidentally Brahma Sahampati appeared before Him and invited Him to preach the Dhamma, as there were some people who could understand the Dhamma. With His Divine Eye, He surveyed and saw that indeed there were people who could understand the Dhamma: Buddha told them: “Go...

Wealthy Supporters of Buddha

Among the many prominent supporters, the following are outstanding:- 1. King Bimbisāra donated the Bamboo Grove (Veluvana Monastery) 2. Anāthapiṇḍika donated the Jetavana Monastery 3. Visākha donated the Pubbarama Monastery 4. King Kosala Pasenadi performed the unique Alms-giving 5. King Ajātasattu - royal patron of First Buddhist Council 6. King Kalasoka - royal patron of Second Buddhist Council 7. Emperor Aśoka - royal patron of...

Chief Female Disciples of Buddha

Out of sheer frustration and unable to gain any spiritual solace, Mahāpajāpati Gotamī and the 500 Sakyan ladies shaved their heads, wearing yellow robes, marched up to the Buddha and again requested Him to allow them to be ordained as Bhikkhunīs. The Buddha still refused them the permission. Out of desperation and at wits end, they approached the Venerable Ānanda who succeeded in securing the...

Chief Male Disciples of Buddha

Outstanding amongst the Buddha’s disciples are the 2 Chief Male Disciples 1. Venerable Sāriputta 2. Venerable Moggallāna and also very important Arahants were 3. Venerable Maha Kassapa 4. Venerable Ānanda 5. Venerable Aṅgulimāla and the 2 Chief Female Disciples 1. Venerable Khema 2. Venerable Uppalavaṇṇa They had not only developed inner access into the Dhamma but also had special potency of their own in the...

The Great Buddhist Councils

The 1st Great Buddhist Council was convened just 3 months after the Great Demise of the Buddha. An immoral Bhikkhu named Subhadda who had joined the Sangha (monkhood) in his old age, made derogatory remarks to the effect that monks were now free to do as they like. That prompted the Venerable Kassapa, the third chief Disciple of the Buddha, to convene a Council of...

A Life of True Security

Today people all over the world love physical beauty: But how many people examine themselves when defilements rise to the surface of the mind? How rare it is to find an individual who can recognize the arising of defilements and then willingly suppress them. The rest of us give free rein to our defilements and allow them to run rampant in our mind. As if...

Buddhism in Buddha’s Words

The present text – Buddhism in Buddha’s own words – is a systematic exposition of all the main tenets of the Buddha’s Teachings presented in the Master’s own words as found in the Sutta-Pitaka of the Buddhist Pali Canon.Its chief aim is to give the reader who is already more or less acquainted with the fundamental ideas of Buddhism, a clear, concise and authentic summary...

Ten Bases of Meritorious Action

If one wants to accumulate wholesome kamma in this life, there are 10 bases or ways of meritorious action that produce good effects and which should be performed by all means. 1) Dana: giving charity or generosity 2) Śīla: morality i.e. observing 5 precepts, 8 or 10 precepts, etc. 3) Bhāvana: meditation i.e. both tranquillity and insight 4) reverence to elders and holy persons 5)...

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