History USefulNotes / Buddhism

24th Jul '16 9:18:01 AM Beatlemania
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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff East Asians Love Siddhartha Gautama]]: Buddhism was founded in India, got very popular in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, UsefulNotes/{{China}}, and other parts of Asia, yet in India there are very few Buddhists left. It has also seen a growing popularity in the West, particularly in America and UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}.

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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff East Asians Love Siddhartha Gautama]]: Buddhism was founded in India, got very popular in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, UsefulNotes/{{China}}, [[UsefulNotes/{{SouthKorea}} Korea]] and other parts of Asia, yet in India there are very few Buddhists left. It has also seen a growing popularity in the West, particularly in America and UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}.
19th Jul '16 3:02:28 PM morenohijazo
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* DefectorFromParadise: According to Buddhism, there are enlightened figures known as Bodhisattvas who have chosen to forego entering into full Nirvana. They have taken special vows to help other sentient beings reach complete enlightenment before embracing Nirvana themselves.
** The founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, was actually this according to Buddhist scriptures. After a reputed 49 days of meditation, at the age of 35, he attained Enlightenment and a state of supreme liberation, or Nirvana. The Buddha described Nirvana as the perfect peace of a mind that's free from ignorance, greed, hatred and other afflictive states of living. Immediately after his awakening, the Buddha debated whether or not he should teach the way to obtain Nirvana to others and eventually decided to leave the state of Nirvana to teach others the knowledge he attained.
18th Jul '16 1:49:09 PM Someoneman
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* StopHelpingMe: One legend has the god Sakra come and ask spiritual advice from Buddha. He explains that he often sought wisdom from human sages. However, when they learned that he was actually a god, [[GoneHorriblyRight they ended up worshiping him instead.]]


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* UnwantedAssistance: One legend has the god Sakra come and ask spiritual advice from Buddha. He explains that he often sought wisdom from human sages. However, when they learned that he was actually a god, [[GoneHorriblyRight they ended up worshiping him instead.]]
30th Jun '16 2:18:07 PM ferrelas
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*** The big problem with a god rebirth is is not that there still is suffering, as it is very slight, infact the only suffering in a god realm is that it will eventually end. The problem is that there is not enough suffering, and thus you will not be motivated to practice the dharma.
11th Jun '16 8:42:17 AM SantosLHalper
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada Theravada]]: The "Lesser Vehicle." Found mostly in South East Asia, India and UsefulNotes/SriLanka, Theravada is the oldest existing vehicle and therefore most similar to the earliest forms of Buddhism. It emphasizes self-liberation through enlightenment by following the Eightfold Path. This school is also the most conservative in terms of theology: The non-existence of Self is emphasized, and the worship of gods and higher powers is discouraged. In fact, Theravada claims the Buddha specifically rejected the existence of any "divine foundation," whether this be called "Brahman," "The Ultimate Reality," or something else. In this school, the Buddha is considered a mere human who reached Enlightenment through his own efforts. Karma is a natural and impersonal process, beyond the ability of humans to influence.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada Theravada]]: The "Lesser Vehicle."School of Elders." Found mostly in South East Asia, India and UsefulNotes/SriLanka, Theravada is the oldest existing vehicle and therefore most similar to the earliest forms of Buddhism. It emphasizes self-liberation through enlightenment by following the Eightfold Path. This school is also the most conservative in terms of theology: The non-existence of Self is emphasized, and the worship of gods and higher powers is discouraged. In fact, Theravada claims the Buddha specifically rejected the existence of any "divine foundation," whether this be called "Brahman," "The Ultimate Reality," or something else. In this school, the Buddha is considered a mere human who reached Enlightenment through his own efforts. Karma is a natural and impersonal process, beyond the ability of humans to influence.
5th Jun '16 4:05:21 AM DarkPaladinX
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** Some textw like the Lotus Sutra says non-humans can attain enlightenment, such as the Nagaraja's daughter (a naga, a type of deva). All stress, however, that doing so is much more difficult than for a human.
* HumbleHero: Many branches of Buddhism (especially the Tibetan variation) teach followers never to value any worldly materials such as wealth, luxuries, sex, fame, etc. and embrace humility and [[IAmWhatIAm accept who you are and your flaws]]. In fact, it's one of the requirements of enlightenment.

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** Some textw text like the Lotus Sutra says non-humans can attain enlightenment, such as the Nagaraja's daughter (a naga, a type of deva). All stress, however, that doing so is much more difficult than for a human.
* HumansAreFlawed: This is one of main reasons why it is preferred to be reincarnated as a human in order to achieve enlightenment, humans are flawed enough to have room to improve themselves and overcome these flaws.
* HumbleHero: Many branches of Buddhism (especially the Tibetan variation) teach followers never to value any worldly materials such as wealth, luxuries, sex, fame, etc. and embrace humility and [[IAmWhatIAm accept who you are and your flaws]].flaws to better yourself]]. In fact, it's one of the requirements of enlightenment.
1st Jun '16 4:29:57 PM DarkPaladinX
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* HumbleHero: Many branches of Buddhism (especially the Tibetan variation) teach followers never to value any worldy materials such as wealth, luxuries, sex, fame, etc. and embrace humility and [[IAmWhatIAm accept who you are and your flaws]]. In fact, it's one of the requirements of enlightenment.

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* HumbleHero: Many branches of Buddhism (especially the Tibetan variation) teach followers never to value any worldy worldly materials such as wealth, luxuries, sex, fame, etc. and embrace humility and [[IAmWhatIAm accept who you are and your flaws]]. In fact, it's one of the requirements of enlightenment.
1st Jun '16 4:26:09 PM DarkPaladinX
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* HumbleHero: Many branches of Buddhism (especially the Tibetan variation) teach followers never to value any worldy materials such as wealth, luxuries, sex, fame, etc. and embrace humility and [[IAmWhatIAm accept who you are and your flaws]]. In fact, it's one of the requirements of enlightenment.
29th Apr '16 11:53:24 PM Fireblood
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** Avici hell means "without waves". One can translate it to ''The Ceaseless''. With a cosmology where a trillion of trillion years is a mere metric for time, this should clarify that the cosmic judgment of karma only reserves Avici for the worst of the worst only.
** Also, considering the cyclic nature of Buddhist cosmology, even sins fit for Avici is not truly irredeemable. Still, that is only ''theoretical''. Nobody who has fallen into Avici, since the beginning of reality an infinity of years ago, has been redeemed yet.

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** Avici hell means "without waves". One can translate it to ''The Ceaseless''. With a cosmology where a trillion of trillion years is a mere metric for time, this should clarify that the cosmic judgment of karma only reserves Avici for the worst of the worst only.
** Also, considering the cyclic nature of Buddhist cosmology, even sins fit for Avici is are not truly irredeemable. Still, that is only ''theoretical''. Nobody who has fallen into Avici, since the beginning of reality an infinity of years ago, has been redeemed yet.



** The Chinese take this seriously enough (with enough Chinese being Buddhists themselves) that [[SeriousBusiness Tibetan Buddhist monks are specifically required to obtain official Communist Party approval before they can re-incarnate.]] This is also a convenient means of political control.

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** The Chinese take this seriously enough (with enough Chinese being Buddhists themselves) that [[SeriousBusiness Tibetan Buddhist monks are specifically required to obtain official Communist Party approval before they can re-incarnate.reincarnate.]] This is also a convenient means of political control.



* StopHelpingMe: One legend has the the god Sakra come and ask spiritual advice from Buddha. He explains that he often sought wisdom from human sages. However, when they learned that he was actually a god, [[GoneHorriblyRight they ended up worshiping him instead.]]
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteen_unanswerable_questions 14 Unanswerable Questions.]] These aren't actually meant to be deep secrets or eldritch lore. Insead, they are things that can't be answered and so you shouldn't waste time worrying about. Basically four questions, or not, or both or neither. This obviously leaves 16 rather than 14 due to varying counts or whether or not including the boths and neithers or only for some questions.

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* StopHelpingMe: One legend has the the god Sakra come and ask spiritual advice from Buddha. He explains that he often sought wisdom from human sages. However, when they learned that he was actually a god, [[GoneHorriblyRight they ended up worshiping him instead.]]
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteen_unanswerable_questions 14 Unanswerable Questions.]] These aren't actually meant to be deep secrets or eldritch lore. Insead, Instead, they are things that can't be answered and so you shouldn't waste time worrying about. Basically four questions, or not, or both or neither. This obviously leaves 16 rather than 14 due to varying counts or whether or not including the boths and neithers or only for some questions.
7th Apr '16 8:04:44 AM Dimas28
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