37 Facts About Buddhist


Buddhist schools vary in their interpretation of the paths to liberation as well as the relative importance and canonicity assigned to various Buddhist texts, and their specific teachings and practices.

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Buddhist thus set out on a quest to find liberation from suffering .

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Buddhist famously sat in meditation under a Ficus religiosa tree — now called the Bodhi Tree — in the town of Bodh Gaya and attained "Awakening" .

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Buddhist spent the rest of his life teaching the Dharma he had discovered, and then died, achieving "final nirvana", at the age of 80 in Kushinagar, India.

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Buddhist texts assert that rebirth can occur in six realms of existence, namely three good realms and three evil realms .

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In Buddhist thought, this rebirth does not involve a soul or any fixed substance.

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Buddhist traditions have traditionally disagreed on what it is in a person that is reborn, as well as how quickly the rebirth occurs after death.

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Some Buddhist traditions assert that "no self" doctrine means that there is no enduring self, but there is avacya personality which migrates from one life to another.

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Many later Buddhist texts describe nirvana as identical with anatta with complete "emptiness, nothingness".

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However, Buddhist thought does not understand causality in terms of Newtonian mechanics; rather it understands it as conditioned arising.

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Common presentation style of the path to liberation in the Early Buddhist Texts is the "graduated talk", in which the Buddha lays out a step by step training.

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Traditionally, the first step in most Buddhist schools requires taking of the "Three Refuges", called the Three Jewels as the foundation of one's religious practice.

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Buddhist scriptures explain the five precepts as the minimal standard of Buddhist morality.

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Monastic communities in the Buddhist tradition cut normal social ties to family and community, and live as "islands unto themselves".

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Four immeasurables or four abodes, called Brahma-viharas, are virtues or directions for meditation in Buddhist traditions, which helps a person be reborn in the heavenly realm.

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Buddhist devotion is usually focused on some object, image or location that is seen as holy or spiritually influential.

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Buddhist thus condemned the animal sacrifice of the Brahmins as well hunting, and killing animals for food.

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However, early Buddhist texts depict the Buddha as allowing monastics to eat meat.

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Each Buddhist tradition has its own collection of texts, much of which is translation of ancient Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist texts of India.

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Early Buddhist Texts refers to the literature which is considered by modern scholars to be the earliest Buddhist material.

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Buddhist texts refer to the three Vedic sacrificial fires, reinterpreting and explaining them as ethical conduct.

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Early Buddhist Texts include the four principal Pali Nikayas together with the main body of monastic rules, which survive in the various versions of the patimokkha.

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The doctrine details in the Abhidharmas of various Buddhist schools differ significantly, and these were composed starting about the third century BCE and through the 1st millennium CE.

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In central and west Asia, Buddhist influence grew, through Greek-speaking Buddhist monarchs and ancient Asian trade routes, a phenomenon known as Greco-Buddhism.

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The Kushans patronised Buddhism throughout their lands, and many Buddhist centers were built or renovated, especially by Emperor Kanishka .

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Some earliest written documents of the Buddhist faith are the Gandharan Buddhist texts, dating from about the 1st century CE, and connected to the Dharmaguptaka school.

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Mahayana Buddhist institutions continued to grow in influence during the following centuries, with large monastic university complexes such as Nalanda and Vikramashila becoming quite powerful and influential.

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David Seyfort Ruegg has suggested that Buddhist tantra employed various elements of a "pan-Indian religious substrate" which is not specifically Buddhist, Shaiva or Vaishnava.

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Buddhist argues that Buddhist texts even directly copied various Shaiva tantras, especially the Bhairava Vidyapitha tantras.

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The Islamic invasions and conquest of India, further damaged and destroyed many Buddhist institutions, leading to its eventual near disappearance from India by the 1200s.

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Buddhist institutions are often housed and centered around monasteries and temples.

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Some earliest Buddhist monasteries were at groves or woods, such as Jetavana and Sarnath's Deer Park.

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The core of traditional Buddhist institutions is the monastic community who manage and lead religious services.

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Buddhism has spread across the world, and Buddhist texts are increasingly translated into local languages.

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Buddhist teachings influenced the development of modern Hinduism as well as other Asian religions like Taoism and Confucianism.

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Likewise, Buddhist practices were influential in the early development of Indian Yoga.

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Buddhist institutions were major centers for the study and practice of traditional forms of medicine, including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Tibetan medicine.

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