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  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 - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE.
Elements of Buddhism have remained within India to the current day: the Bauls of Bengal have a syncretic set of practices with strong emphasis on many Buddhist concepts.
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 the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/b/u/d/Buddhism.html   (9486 words)

 Buddhism: A General Outline
Buddhism is therefore not just a faith, but a religion based on supreme enlightenment; it is a system of teachings and practice with enlightenment as its ultimate goal.
Buddhism arose within the cultural milieus of Brahmanism, which came to be known in its present form as Hinduism.
As Buddhism is a religion based on knowledge and enlightenment, the validity and value of the Dhamma naturally assume prime significance in the whole system as opposed to belief and faith, as in theistic religions.
www.buddhistinformation.com /buddhism_a_general_outline.htm   (4474 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.
The historical origin of Vajrayana is unclear, except that it coincided with the spread of the mentalistic schools of Buddhism.
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.
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 Tibetan Buddhism, the mongolian religion
Before the Tibetans were converted to Buddhism, their original religious belief was known as Bon, a faith similar to Boe of the Mongols.
Although at that time Tibetan Buddhism was only the religious faith of the Mongolian imperial clan and the people of the higher class, it had begun to greatly influence the thought of many Mongols.
Buddhism mainly developed among the Khalkha Mongols on the north of the Gobi because of the knowledge of Buddhism there and its political links--that is the prestige it had among the household of the First Jebtsundamba Khutughru, who were members of the "Golden descendants" of Chinggis Khan.
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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.
Disturbed by the prolific growth of Buddhist heresies, a council of Buddhist monks was convened at the Mauryan capital of Patna during the third century BC to purify the doctrine.
Theravada Buddhism, however, focussed primarily on meditation and concentration, the eighth of the Eightfold Noble Path; as a result, it emphasized a monastic life removed from the hustle and bustle of society and required an extreme expenditure of time in meditating.
www.dharmamemphis.com /buddhism/siddhartha.htm   (3708 words)

 Buddhism in Vietnam Summary
Buddhism is the main religion in Vietnam, practiced by three-quarters of the population.
Buddhism was imported into Vietnam fairly early, at around the beginning of the Christian Era with the legend of Chử Ðồng Tử studying Buddhism from an Indian monk.
Zen Buddhism, known as Thiền in Vietnam, is a branch of Buddhism created by the Indian monk Bodhidharma in China at the beginning of the 6th century.
www.bookrags.com /Buddhism_in_Vietnam   (1843 words)

 sociology - Buddhism
Elements of Buddhism have remained within India to the current day: the Bauls of Bengal have a syncretic set of practices with strong emphasis on many Buddhist tantric and philosophic concepts.
In the 3rd century BCE the Third Council was convened under the patronage of Emperor Ashoka, primarily for the purpose of establishing an official orthodoxy.
The cultural re-evaluations of the hippie generation in the late 1960s and early 1970s led to a re-discovery of Buddhism, which seemed to promise a natural path to awareness and enlightenment.
www.aboutsociology.com /sociology/Buddhism   (5959 words)

 Buddhism and Its Spread Along the Silk Road
Buddhism reached the height of its power in the 8th and 9th centuries in Afghanistan before it fell to the Arabs.
As Buddhism advanced towards the Tarim basin, Kashgaria with Yarkand and Khotan in the west, Tumsuk, Aksu and Kizil in the north, Loulan, Karasahr and Dunhuang in the east, and Miran and Cherchen in the south became important centers of Buddhist art and thought.
The decline of Buddhism along the Silk Road was due to the collapse of the Tang Dynasty in the East and the invasion of Arabs in the West.
www.silk-road.com /artl/buddhism.shtml   (3351 words)

 Buddhism Today - Dda.o Pha^.t Nga`y Nay, default page-english
Buddhism is a result of the human quest for the ultimate truth, an aspiration for that which is the highest and noblest in life.
Because Buddhism is a religion of self-help, the first and foremost duty of a Buddhist is to understand the supreme position of the human being and one's responsibility toward both oneself and fellow sentient beings.
Thus, Buddhism perceives all lives, human as well as nonhuman, and all things and events, not as independent entities, but rather as part and parcel of the whole cosmic order, interconnected in an infinitely complex relationship by the common law of conditionality.
www.buddhismtoday.com /english/beg/004-introduction.htm   (5218 words)

 Basic Concepts of Tibetan Buddhism
It is this element within Tibetan Buddhism of magic and the supernatural, so remote from the original teachings and practices of Buddhism, that has led to its designation as Lamaism, as if it were a separate religion or at least a separate offshoot of the original faith.
Buddhism was a foreign import into Tibet, but Tibet made Buddhism its own, and that encompassing system of beliefs and practices known as Tibetan Buddhism can only be understood in the full context of the country, its history, its society, and its indigenous religious and cultural practices.
After Buddhism was first introduced into Tibet in the seventh century C.E., where it encountered a native culture, a struggle ensued between the new religion and the ancient, indigenous one.
dl.lib.brown.edu /BuddhistTempleArt/buddhism3.html   (961 words)

 URI - United Religions Initiative
However, some hostile elements are still present in certain sections of society and parts of this country; in the recent past, several temples have been burned or bombed, and some practitioners have even been murdered.
While in many places Buddhism functions as a cultural resource and inspiration for Asian immigrant Buddhist communities, non-immigrant Caucasian converts are drawn to Buddhism for its contemplative and meditative aspects rather than because of its cultural specificity.
The considerable growth of meditation centers shows that Buddhism is becoming a vital force in the pluralistic American society and is having an influential impact on it.
www.uri.org /Buddhism_in_North_America.html   (1124 words)

 What is Buddhism - Buddhism - World Religions - GKIndia.com
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.
Buddhism, like many of the sects that developed in northeastern India at the time, was constituted by the presence of a charismatic teacher, by the teachings this leader promulgated, and by a community of adherents that was often made up of renunciant members and lay supporters.
In the case of Buddhism this pattern became the basis for the Triratna—the “Three Jewels” of Buddha (the teacher), dharma (the teaching), and sangha (the community)—in which Buddhists have traditionally taken refuge.
www.gkindia.com /worldreligions/whatisbuddhism.htm   (641 words)

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As a result, Sri Lankan Buddhism is sometimes characterized as "Protestant" Buddhism, with the emphasis on scholarly study, pastoral activities by monks for the lay community and direct meditation practice for laypeople, not just for those with robes.
Buddhism is accepted, along with Islam, Hinduism and the Catholic and Protestant forms of Christianity, as the five state religions of Indonesia.
In Cambodia, Buddhism is being revived after Pol Pot's destruction and persecution, and especially with Prince Sihanouk as king, the restrictions are being slowly relaxed.
www.mtholyoke.edu /~lkhowong/buddhismelsewhere.htm   (893 words)

 Buddhism, India, Asia: Philosophy, Ethics, Morality, Theory, Doctrine, Right Conduct, Culture, Sociology, Psychology, ...
Buddhism arose in India during a period of intense intellectual and social ferment.
This philosophical element was perhaps signficant in that it prevented the sort of philosophical stagnation that occurred in India, where followers too often sought immediate succuor, and thus not only became divorced from reality, but also lost sight of the strategic potential of the philosophy.
Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that the ascent of Islam was concomitant with the eclipse of Buddhism, and since the influence of Buddhism was greatly dependant on the existence of the monastic orders, the destruction of monasteries and their conversion to mosques and institutions of Quranic learning simply lead to mass conversions to Islam.
india_resource.tripod.com /buddhism.htm   (4268 words)

 What's in Buddhism
Buddhism is widely understood to be the religion founded by the Buddha, and originates from India.
Apart from that, Buddhism can also be viewed not solely as a religion, but also as a philosophy, and even a way of life.
Apart from stomping out any unrighteous elements of the Order, the most important activities performed were the recital and reaffirmation of the major teachings passed down by the Buddha, including the code of conduct for the Sangha, the discourses given by the Buddha, and the higher teachings.
lionstate.tripod.com /buddhism.html   (1891 words)

 Tibetan Astrology
These energies relate to the Chinese animals and elements, for example, the La force of the Horse is Wood etc. This system is unique to Tibet and is important to establish yearly horoscopes.
The 'nine moles' or 'nine coloured islands' are derived from the I Ching and Chinese numerology.
Early Indian civilisation had much cultural interchange with the outside world, which is reflected in an identical zodiac to the Mesopotamians (twelve signs and twelve houses) and the widespread decans.
buddhism.kalachakranet.org /astrology.html   (1911 words)

 Buddhism and Science
Buddhism was seen as an "alternative altar," a bridge that could reunite the estranged worlds of matter and spirit.
Buddhism is being 'Westernized' to be seen as a teaching that can mesh with both the good life and mitigate the stress of the faith/reason divide.
Part of Buddhism's immense appeal lies in its analysis of the mind, the subject/self—exactly the area where modern science now senses the next breakthroughs are to be made.
online.sfsu.edu /~rone/Buddhism/VerhoevenBuddhismScience.htm   (7681 words)

 Buddhism 101 - The Buddha and his Doctrines - free Suite101.com course
Buddhism is a system of doctrines developed by a man whom we call the Buddha, who was born around 563 BCE.
     Buddhism was born in India, but prior to its emergence India already had an ancient religious heritage in its past and a rich religious milieu in its present.
The cultural elements, being integral to the fabric of Indian society, were certain to be found in the Buddhist tradition.
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 Buddhism - China-related Topics BU-BZ - China-Related Topics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Buddhism is a religion and Buddhist philosophyphilosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Gautama BuddhaSiddhārtha Gautama, who lived between approximately 560s BCE563 and 483 BCE.
In the 3rd century BCE the Third Council was convened under the patronage of Emperor AsokaAshoka, primarily for the purpose of establishing an official orthodoxy.
Between the 1st century BCE and the 1st century1st century CE, the terms Mahayana and Hinayana were first used in writing, in, for example, the Lotus Sutra.
www.famouschinese.com /virtual/Buddhism   (6072 words)

 E-sangha, Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Forum -> Buddhism’s Relic Chamber: A Ficticious Interview
This interview appeared in the premier issue of Americayana, a new journal representing expressions of Buddhism in America at the end of the millennium.
Dhatugabba: I refer to the what would likely be the Buddha’s regarding the proliferation of non-essential elements, many cultural, that have been added to the Buddha's teachings in the last 2500 years.
In reality, Buddhism is a set of views and practices aimed at the establishment of true freedom.
www.lioncity.net /buddhism/index.php?showtopic=15415   (932 words)

 Northoftampa: Offering a Buddhism for everyone
Buddhism is an ancient set of philosophies and life practices that originated 2,500 years ago with Siddhartha Gautama, the son of a king in Lumbini, India.
Shila noted that two general forms of Buddhism are practiced worldwide: the monastic form, where practitioners live together in retreats and monasteries away from secular society, and the nonmonastic form, where believers live integrated into everyday society.
Shila and the other members of the Lutz sangha fall into the latter group, and Shila said it is that form of Buddhism that is in fact more difficult to practice.
www.sptimes.com /2006/07/07/Northoftampa/Offering_a_Buddhism_f.shtml   (698 words)

 The Self-Immolation of Thich Quang Duc
Using Rene Girard's theory of sacrificial violence, Orzech answers this question by recovering a distinction he believes to be often lost in the study of Buddhism: its sacred violence as well as its much emphasized nonviolent aspect (for a modern example of the latter emphasis, see the essays collected by Kraft [1992]).
The very act of representation, in both the cases of the Buddhist death and the bus boycott, acts to defuse what might otherwise be understood as the tremendous sociopolitical power of the events and acts in question.
One way to support this thesis further would be to examine carefully media, government, and scholarly interpretations of other specific historical episodes and demonstrate the ways in which it may have been economically, socially, or politically beneficial for a specifiable group to portray events as essentially and exclusively religious rather than, say, political or military.
www.buddhismtoday.com /english/vietnam/figure/003-htQuangduc.htm   (3164 words)

 Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
The traditional nomadic culture was greatly influenced by the introduction of Buddhism from India, to an extent that nearly all the cultural achievements of Tibet are related to the Buddhist religion.
It is relaxed yet energized; resting in a gentle state of being that has a natural sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, referring to the state of enlightenment.
Quite a number of tales are connected to the mountain, linked with the greatest saints of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava and Milarepa, and is the abode of the deity Chakrasamvara.
buddhism.kalachakranet.org /symbols_tibet_buddhism.htm   (2263 words)

 Understanding Buddhism Through Ancient Indian Script
However, in Buddhism the God element is missing both at cosmological level and spiritual level and God is replaced with Buddha’s personality which has touched the heart of all enveloping even the common people.
On the score of rituals and Mantras Hinduism and Buddhism have similar records and perhaps some of the rituals were borrowed by Hinduism from the Buddhist traditions.
In Buddhism, the Kshatriyas are very proud of their genealogical lineage as Gautama Buddha was from a family of the Kshatriyas.
www.ibiblio.org /gautam/budd0004.htm   (1942 words)

 Tourism in Cambodia : Cultural glossary
Integral restoration of a monument in which all the elements are analysed and numbered following which the building is made structurally sound and rebuilt using original materials as much as possible.
The lesser vehicle referring to traditional form of the Buddhism which concentrates on the doctrine rather than on the worship of the bodhisattvas.
The Great Vehicle referring to a later form of Buddhism in which the bodhisattvas are worshipped like deities.
www.cambodia-travel-guide.com /cultural_glossary.html   (0 words)

 E-sangha, Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Forum -> Changes In Tibetan Buddhism In The West
These results i believe are describes in the literature on the jhanas,if i am correct, in the description of the Formless Jhanas......but to be respectful to the new language of buddhism, classical buddhism does not have the praxis other than patiently waiting with years of shamatha/vipassana.
I think that while this is a accuruate observation of current Buddhism in America Circa 2005, that one might argue that it was no different in other countries in other ages.
I guess that Wilber would see beyond the distinctions of Buddhism and Vedanta and instead see what is common to both, that being his job as a philosopher.
www.lioncity.net /buddhism/index.php?showtopic=12274   (1877 words)

 Mahayana Buddhism - An Introduction from SeekersWay.org
In Mahayana Buddhism, achieving this awareness of nonduality is enlightenment, and each person has the capacity to realize this true nature within himself or herself.
The principal difference between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism is that here it is believed that everyone possesses the Buddha nature and is capable of becoming an enlightened one.
This tradition is likened to a broad river that accommodates all manner of craft, and the religion has spread far and wide due to its willingness to assimilate cultural elements that were new and foreign to it.
www.seekersway.org /seekers_guide/mahayana_buddhism_1_m.html   (294 words)

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