History UsefulNotes / Buddhism

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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* UsefulNotes/{{Bhutan}}
7th Apr '16 7:58:49 AM Dimas28
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!!Countries Where Buddhism is Popular (in decreasing order of believers)

* UsefulNotes/{{China}}, including UsefulNotes/{{Tibet}} (contains the most self-professing Buddhists in the world, though they're not the majority)
* UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} (the most populous Buddhist-majority country in the world)
* UsefulNotes/ThatSouthEastAsianCountry
* UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}
* UsefulNotes/SriLanka
* UsefulNotes/SouthKorea (slowly eroded by UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} in recent years, but remains an important cultural heritage)
* UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}} (less than a quarter, but has a larger number than those listed below)
* UsefulNotes/{{Laos}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} (same as Vietnam)
* UsefulNotes/{{Mongolia}}
* The Republic of Kalmykia and the Tuvan Republic of UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} (the former being the only Buddhist-majority polity in Europe)
18th Mar '16 9:28:27 AM SantosLHalper
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* ForeignRemake / HijackedByJesus: Believe or not, the story of Siddhartha Gautama. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlaam_and_Josaphat Seriously.]] One of the reasons Buddhism declined in India is because Hinduism co-opted it into its own religion, making the Buddha an avatar of Vishnu.

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* ForeignRemake / HijackedByJesus: Believe or not, the story of Siddhartha Gautama. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlaam_and_Josaphat Seriously.]] One of the reasons Buddhism declined in India is because Hinduism co-opted it into its own religion, making the Buddha an avatar of Vishnu. Then when the story of Buddha spread, it came to Medieval Europe and Buddha became the Christian [[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02297a.htm St Josaphat]].
15th Feb '16 12:29:06 AM Hadjorim
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* No forms of Buddhism explicitly teach the existence of a ''creator'' god. Nevertheless, some schools have practices that call on higher powers, sometimes including the Buddha. While these devotions have been called "prayer-like," they are for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from prayer. Other schools reject the existence of all godlike beings. Others believe that gods (and demons) are simply other forms of life and no better than humans. In all cases, however, whether one believes in gods or not, or whether one worships them or not, they are considered irrelevant to the actual point of Buddhism -- the attainment of Enlightenment, which even gods must strive for.

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* No forms of Buddhism explicitly teach the existence of a ''creator'' god, nor is the Buddha a god. Nevertheless, some schools have practices that call on higher powers, sometimes including the Buddha. While these devotions have been called "prayer-like," they are for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from prayer. Other schools reject the existence of all godlike beings. Others believe that gods (and demons) are simply other forms of life and no better than humans. In all cases, however, whether one believes in gods or not, or whether one worships them or not, they are considered irrelevant to the actual point of Buddhism -- the attainment of Enlightenment, which even gods must strive for.
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