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).

Omens of Death in Tibetan Buddhism

There can be 2 reasons for a death – Whether our time is expiring Or some worldly conditions bring us to death. When the time of a lifetime is expiring – nothing can be done: death is inevitable. However if some worldly conditions threaten our lives, we can try methods as a medicine or special religious ceremonies to suspend a death for a while.

Conditioned and Unconditioned Dharmas

The substrate, which is behind the empirical personality and its experiences, is consisting of an endless number of separate elements or dharma-carriers. But all of them could be reduced to a much smaller number of types. Altogether there are 75 types of different dharmas, according to the oldest school of Buddhist philosophy. Buddhist scholars have had elaborated several different classifications of dharma-elements.

Momentary Existence

According to the Buddhism, each experience can be observed in a critical view as a complex consisting of: Conscious, sensible perceiving of something objectively existing Conscious psychic phenomena as emotions, memories, etc. If we separate in abstraction consciousness as such, a pure consciousness as a form from its content, we are getting 3 basic components: Consciousness Psychic phenomena in abstraction separated from consciousness Sensible phenomena,...

Abhidharmakoša and Analysis of Existence

Vasubandhu in his treatise “Abhidharmakoša” defines that Abhidharma “is a pure knowledge together with accompanying dharmas”. A “Pure Knowledge” is knowledge firstly about the highest dharma, i.e. Nirvana, secondly about dharmas with a meaning “elements” or “manifestations of elements” to which is divided all empirical existence, all the existence we can experience or think of.

Understanding and Wisdom in Buddhism

As we were talking in the first introduction into Dharma theory, the basic Buddhist terminology was introduced by the Theravada or so called Hinayana tradition of Buddhism.And without the knowledge of the basics we cannot move on to the understanding of other concepts and traditions of the Buddhism.

Dharma Theory. Introduction.

Dharma probably is the most significant term that we should understand, when we want to understand the Buddhist philosophy. You probably have seen statements like “Buddha dharma”, “go for a refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha”, or if you love to read books, you may find that “all dharmas are empty”. What does it mean?

Do you remember the Death?!

Do you remember the Death?! Are you thinking frequently about it? How do you imagine a Death? Are you thinking that you may die any given moment?! Nowadays many in the western countries believe in this or another way that reincarnation is a truth. But quite often I have had a feeling that an understanding, the way they use to think about it, is inappropriate.

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