Buddhism: What Did The Buddha Teach?
Buddhism is a religion that is presently practiced by more than 300 million people. It was founded in the northeastern region of India. The main aim of the Buddha was to spread peace, a peace not only in this world but peace in the whole world. According to Buddhism, teaching, peaceful speech and peaceful actions are the results of a calm mind. If the individual soul is at peace, the world is at peace. Buddha played a significant role in achieving peace in the world.
Teachings Of The Buddha
Buddhism emphasizes the principle of ahimsa or non-injury of other living things. Whereas his teachings also stress that aggression affects the divine state of the criminal and sufferer. Bad ideas or actions act as the barrier on the path of nirvana which is the endpoint of all divine aim. A lot of Importance is given to the messages delivered by Buddha. His focus was to raise not only an individual but the whole human race above and beyond the fear, unawareness, and seclusion. Buddha believed that peace could only be achieved when a man is happy. He wanted men to get away from hatred, pleasure in lower desires, and wrong views. He tried to replace it with good thoughts, valuable desires, and feeling of help and sympathy.
Practicing The Budha Practice
- Strive to end sufferings- The primary teaching of Buddhism is known as four noble truths. Which means suffering is an essential part of life, but that suffering ends by breaking the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
- Live according to the noble eightfold path- Two main principal at the center of Buddhism are the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path.
- Right speech, action, and livelihood – The aim to follow three elements include living according to the five precepts.
- Also, Right Effort, Mindfulness, and concentration can be gained through meditation
- Right, Understanding and thought come by practicing meditation and living with five precepts.
- Trying to put an end to wanting and craving– the second noble truth is to understand the root of sufferings which comes from need, unawareness, and the passion of joy and material goods.
- Continue Learning– the Third noble truth is to recognize that sufferings can end. These sufferings refer to both in life and divine terms. End to sufferings is knowledge, explanation, and act.
- Aspire to nirvana– Fourth truth refers to the way that leads to the end of sufferings, the path of Buddha. Sufferings come to an end when one finds awareness and nirvana. To achieve nirvana, one has to live as per the noble eightfold path.
Main Teaching Of Buddhism Revolves Around Two Concepts
- Four noble truth- ‘Dukkha’ (suffering) is the nature of the world. Every Dukkha has some reason behind it. Dukkha can be put to an end. Following Eight-fold path can eliminate this.
- Eightfold path- It consists of some practices related to knowledge, meditation, etc. Right speech, Right action, Right view, Right livelihood, Right intention, Right efforts, Right concentration, Right mindfulness.
Buddhism is the religion of self-discipline and worldwide fellowship, to love everybody and to hold the universe together. In Buddhism, the first responsibility is mental peace. To get away from hunger, hate, and fantasy. Practicing eightfold path results in lowering the desires and increasing of happiness and satisfaction. Non-aggression explains one to live in synchronization with others and oneself.