Far from the stereotype of easy-going, all-accepting paradise that motivated a million head shops to adorn themselves with Buddha statues. The real Buddha was a nuanced human being and tough. At times, he’s an unpalatable spiritual leader whose teachings are not as easy to absorb as others would imagine. Except among Buddhists who read the historical Buddhist teachings, there is not much of an understanding of the Buddha’s human identity and pre-legendary history. This is mostly because, in one common edition, the oldest Buddhist scriptures are huge and contain thousands of pages.
Most followers are only familiar with the Buddhist teachings, which are chanted daily in temples or published in collections of the Buddha’s most important teachings. And as for the Buddha’s biography itself, the legend has long since overtaken what the earliest sources claim. Let’s dig some Buddhist teachings that will change the westerners’ perception. So read on!
How Do People View Buddha?
Far from today’s optimistic and cherubic portrayals, the Buddha presented the universe as full of ugliness and suffering. It is a perspective that began at a relatively early era. According to the Buddha ‘s self-portrayal, he grew up sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE in present-day India. It is in great prosperity but left home as a young man to become a holy wanderer. He did so against his parents’ wishes, crying and grieving at their son’s decision.
The Buddha tells us he left home because he was frightened and saddened. It is due to the inherent nature of sickness, pain, and death. He then decided to discover a truth that would surpass them. With its rising community of philosophical thinkers and renunciants, this quest inspired him to venture into the Indian jungle.
The Buddha had educated others for 45 years after attaining what he called nirvana (the true state of enlightenment). His character as an instructor in later life was strict, ascetic, and possessed extraordinary honesty and imaginative insight. His philosophy was practical. He was concerned only with guiding others to the transcendence that he had achieved and the salvation it provided from suffering.
The Buddha was so keen on the wholeness he had sought. He saw the world as an essentially empty trap and the reality he had learned as the escape path. The Buddha compared human life to slavery, debt, incarceration, being burned alive, and suffering from infected sores. He sees eating food as an act of violence, close to cannibalizing your only child — an analogy that will certainly not soon surface as a Facebook meme.
Despite the Buddha’s sorrow for the human situation, he was a man of great kindness and empathy who eased the pain with the knowledge and what others could learn. Tirelessly, the Buddha instructed others and established communities to follow his teachings, slowly developing a comprehensive code of monastic rules and etiquette. He lived until his death as a poor wanderer.
Contrary to common Eastern (and, by extension, Western) depictions of him as a plump, long-bearded demigod with a flawless complexion, the Buddha shaved his beard, and in his later years became indistinguishable from the other members of his gang of ragged, roaming monks to guests to his group.
Aspect Of Misogyny Do Exist in Buddhism
The experience of the Buddha of women is nuanced and contradictory. It is not quite what you would expect when talking about tantra. While he confirmed the fair ability of women in spiritual life by declaring that they too could achieve nirvana, and in addition to establishing a nun’s order, he gave special instructions to laywomen. He also said some pretty nasty things about women.
When speaking to his monks, the Buddha compares women to creepers who entangle and then fell a tree, and to poisonous black snakes because of their being “impure, foul-smelling, threatening, traitorous to mates, frightening, wrathful, violent and double-tongued.”
The Buddha even warned his monks. He said that placing their penises in the mouth of a cobra or a pit of hot coals would be safer than in a vagina. The Buddha was referring to monks. It should be remembered, who is sworn to chastity, and have to follow their vows or endure the karmic repercussions.