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  The religion of Buddhism
Buddhism was founded in Northern India by the first known Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.
Theravada Buddhism (sometimes called Southern Buddhism; occasionally spelled Therevada) "has been the dominant school of Buddhism in most of Southeast Asia since the thirteenth century, with the establishment of the monarchies in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos.
Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, "Introduction to Buddhism," at: http://www.mirrorofwisdomvideo.org/
www.religioustolerance.org /buddhism.htm   (853 words)

  Buddhism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Buddhism has largely disappeared from its country of origin, India, except for the presence there of many refugees from the Tibet region of China and a small number of converts from the lower castes of Hinduism.
With this distinctive view of cause and effect, Buddhism accepts the pan-Indian presupposition of samsara, in which living beings are trapped in a continual cycle of birth-and-death, with the momentum to rebirth provided by one’s previous physical and mental actions (see karma).
Buddhism, which denied both the efficacy of Vedic ritual and the validity of the caste system, and which spread its teachings using vernacular languages rather than Brahmanical Sanskrit, was by far the most successful of the heterodox or non-Vedic systems.
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  Buddhism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Buddhism (also known as Buddha Dharma, "the teachings of the awakened one") is a religion, a practical philosophy, and arguably a psychology, focusing on the teachings of Gautama Buddha (Pali: Gotama Buddha), who lived on the Indian subcontinent most likely from the mid-6th to the early 5th century BCE.
Buddhism was established in the northern regions of India and Central Asia, and kingdoms with Buddhist rulers such as Menander I and Kaniska.
Chinese Buddhism, Korean Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, and Vietnamese Buddhism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Buddhism   (10246 words)

 Encyclopedia Article: Buddhism and the Baha'i Faith
Buddhism is acknowledged in the Baha'i writings as one of the great world religions and its founder, the Buddha, is accorded a rank and station equal to that of all of the founders of the great world religions.
This is the pathway emphasized in Theravada Buddhism.
Although Theravada Buddhism has been advocated as a religion of reason and systematic practical procedures, there is evidence from the books of the Tripitaka that the early Buddhist community also attached importance to faith and devotion in inititiating and developing the religious life.
www.bahai-library.com /encyclopedia/buddhism.html   (4818 words)

 Buddhism - MSN Encarta
Buddhism, a major world religion, founded in northeastern India and based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as the Buddha, or Enlightened One.
Buddhism today is divided into two major branches known to their respective followers as Theravada, the Way of the Elders, and Mahayana, the Great Vehicle.
Buddhism has been significant not only in India but also in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), and Laos, where Theravada has been dominant; Mahayana has had its greatest impact in China, Japan, Taiwan, Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as in India.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761552895/Buddhism.html   (571 words)

 Definition of Buddhism
Buddhism was first introduced into Tibet in the latter part of the seventh century, but it did not begin to thrive till the ninth century.
Buddhism stands condemned by the voice of nature the dominant tone of which is hope and joy.
Buddhism is thus guilty of a capital crime against nature, and in consequence does injustice to the individual.
www.ourladyswarriors.org /dissent/defbuddh.htm   (6114 words)

Buddhism, like any other spiritual thought system, is such an extensive subject that we would not pretend to be able to offer complete information on it here.
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
Buddhism became so fragmented that barely one hundred years after the death of Siddhartha, a council of Buddhists was called to straighten out the differences.
www.iloveulove.com /spirituality/buddhist/buddhism.htm   (3638 words)

Buddhism began as an offspring of Hinduism in the country of India.
Buddhism is, therefore, more of a moral philosophy, an ethical way of life.
Since Buddha never emphasized his concept of the divine, Buddhism is left with some life's deepest questions unanswered, questions such as the origin of the universe and the purpose of man's existence.
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Buddhism in India was to remain a dead religion until the 20th century.
In the course of its eventful history Buddhism which began as a departure from the ritualism of the Hindu religion gradually adapted and absorbed many Hindu ideas and practices to the point that at times, the lines of distinction between the two religions (the parent and the offspring) were blurred.
Buddhism is the only trans-national religion which has never preached malice against other faiths, nor have its followers ever indulged in a holy war against those of another faith.
www.hindubooks.org /sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/buddhism.html   (3729 words)

Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, being exceeded in numbers only by Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
Buddhism in the West: Southern Buddhism became established in Europe early in the 20th century.
Buddhism came to the U.S. in the early 19th century, with the arrival of Chinese and Japanese immigrants in Hawaii and in the west coast of the U.S. mainland.
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Buddhism/budism.htm   (1282 words)

Buddhism was not keenly felt during the lifetime of its founder.
Buddhism of these countries is in the main like that of China, with the addition of a number of local superstitions.
Buddhism rests—the doctrine of karma with its implied transmigrations—is gratuitous and false.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/03028b.htm   (5580 words)

 Witnessing to Buddhists - EffectiveEvangelism.com
Yamaoto has observed that another attraction of Buddhism, via the means of meditation, and particularly with regards to the Zen tradition, is that it is experience orientated.[33] This, however should not be surprising because Western society is persistently seeking for experiences in the search for fulfillment.
Many are drawn to Buddhism because of its apparent tolerance; and although there is a body of teaching, it is not forced on the individual in a dogmatic way.
Buddhism's high quality of ethics has also proved to be effective in attracting Westerners, especially since there are different levels of practice suiting each individuals particular level of commitment, rather than one set of universal obligations that have to be strictly adhered to.
www.christiananswers.net /evangelism/beliefs/buddhism.html   (1773 words)

Buddhism, known as The Way, is not a religion in the Western meaning, but was the teaching of Siddartha Gautama of the Sakya clan, commonly known as Buddha or the Buddha.
Buddhism might have remained an insignificant Indian sect, live so many of it rivals, until it shattered itself apart, but in the third century BC Emperor Ashoka, distraught over the carnage of his latest war, rejected violence as a means of ruling and turned to Buddhism.
Meanwhile Buddhism became firmly established abroad, Buddhism was to grow vigorously in other soils, in a prolixity of philosophies, forms of mysticism, creative arts, literature, and doctrinal schools, some of which had great purity while others were heavily burdened with folklore, superstition, and magic.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/b/buddhism.html   (1276 words)

 Divine Digest - The Complete Guide to All Religions
Buddhism opposed the Hindu worship of many deites, the Hindu emphases on caste, the supernatural, and the power of the Hindu priest class.
Buddhism swept through much of China from 300's to 500s, challenging the native Chinese religions of Confucianism and Taoism, Buddhism spread to Korea and Japan.
Hinayana Buddhism is strongest in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Srilanka, and Thailand.
www.divinedigest.com /buddhism.htm   (381 words)

This is a brief introduction to Buddhism in Japan focusing on the main schools in Japan and terms the student is likely to encounter in the course of readings for HUM 310 Japan.
Buddhism was brought to Japan from China at different periods by various individuals whose studies and practice differ widely.
Buddhism as practiced in Japan has been shaped by Japanese cultural practices and values and has developed differently from Buddhism practiced elsewhere in Asia.
cla.calpoly.edu /~bmori/syll/Hum310japan/JBUDDHISM.html   (2034 words)

 Buddhism: Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Buddhism began in northeastern India and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.
Buddhism is divided into two major branches: Theravada, the Way of the Elders, and Mahayana, the Great Vehicle.
Buddhism is now prevalent in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, (where Theravada is popular) and in China, Japan, Taiwan, Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Korea, and Vietnam, and India (where Mahayana is more common)..
library.thinkquest.org /28505/buddhism/intro.htm   (73 words)

 Basics of Buddhism
Buddhism is a moral philosophy, an ethical way to live for the here and now of this world to gain the ultimate state.
Buddhism has made a tremendous impact in the United States with a growing Asian population in the U.S, thousands of Americans have been attracted to Buddhism making it their religion.
Buddhism is, more of a moral philosophy, an ethical way of life that can have improvement on ones state.
www.letusreason.org /Buddh1.htm   (2494 words)

Buddhism came into being in northeastern India, during the period from the late 6th century to the early 4th century BC, a period of great social change and intense religious activity.
Some have maintained that Buddhism was so tolerant of other faiths that it was simply reabsorbed by a revitalized Hindu tradition.
However, there was another factor that was very important as well: Buddhism in India, having become mainly a monastic movement, probably paid little heed to the laity.
www.spiritualjourneys.net /buddhism.htm   (755 words)

 Buddhism - Crystalinks
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the Buddha Gautama (or Gautama), who lived as early as the 6th century BC.
Buddhism was transmitted into Tibet mainly during the 7th to 10th centuries.
Buddhism and its founder must be considered on the basis of this social structure which is confirmed in the oldest texts as well as in the modern Oxford History of India.
www.crystalinks.com /buddhism.html   (2690 words)

 Basics of Buddhism
Buddhism is a major global religion with a complex history and system of beliefs.
Historians estimate that the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, lived from 566(?) to 480(?) B.C. The son of an Indian warrior-king, Gautama led an extravagant life through early adulthood, reveling in the privileges of his social caste.
In Buddhism, desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering.
www.pbs.org /edens/thailand/buddhism.htm   (942 words)

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This is called Theravada Buddhism or School of the Elders since it has adhered as closely as possible to the Buddha's original practices and teachings as handed down generation to generation.
Buddhism contradicted neither and it too was accepted as one of the "Three Great Truths." The Chinese were very active in gathering Buddhist texts to bring back to the Sanghas.
Buddhism arrived in Tibet from China in the 700s but really took off 100 years later when an Indian Buddhist Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) legendarily fought off demons who wanted to maintain their hold on Tibet as he traveled there to eventually found a monastery.
home.earthlink.net /~fetteroll/JFetteroll/worldreligions/buddhism/buddhism.html   (3318 words)

 A Basic Buddhism Guide: 5 Minute Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Buddhism explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world, and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness.
Buddhism is becoming popular in western countries for a number of reasons, The first good reason is Buddhism has answers to many of the problems in modern materialistic societies.
The moral code within Buddhism is the precepts, of which the main five are: not to take the life of anything living, not to take anything not freely given, to abstain from sexual misconduct and sensual overindulgence, to refrain from untrue speech, and to avoid intoxication, that is, losing mindfulness.
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/5minbud.htm   (1257 words)

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