Buddhism. BACKGROUND HISTORY A. It developed in the 500s BC In Northern India near the Himalayas. (Today Nepal)

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  • Buddhism

  • BACKGROUND HISTORYA. It developed in the 500s BC In Northern India near the Himalayas. (Today Nepal)

  • B. Siddhartha GautamaBorn a Hindu prince in Northern India,today Nepal. He left home at the ageof 29 to search for the Meaning of Lifeand Religious Truth.

  • C. What Happened To Him?While on his search, he meditated undera tree for 49 days. During which he reachedEnlightenment & would become known as Buddha or Enlightened One

  • Key ConceptsA. Believes in Reincarnation & Karma

    B. Doesnt follow the Caste System

    C. Doesnt worship a God or Gods, Buddha is viewed as a Teacher

  • D. Nirvana The concept of the soul reaching a perfect state of being and becomingEnlightened. It is the release of allSelfishness and Pain. It ends the cycleof Reincarnation.This is just like the Hindu idea of moksha.

  • E. BUDDHIST VIEW OF NIRVANAIT MAY TAKE MANY LIFETIMES TOREACH NIRVANA, BUT IT CAN BEDONE IN JUST A SINGLE LIFETIME!

  • BUDDHAS TEACHINGSTHE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS- 1- LIFE IS SUFFERING

    2- SUFFERING IS CAUSED BY DESIRE

    3- END SUFFERING BY ENDING DESIRES

    4- THE WAY TO ATTAIN ENLIGHTENMENT IS TO FOLLOW THE EIGHTFOLD PATH

  • B. The Eightfold PathWas Buddhas guide to behavior inorder to reach Nirvana. For most itwould take many lifetimes to follow, but could be done in a single lifetime.Includes codes for Wisdom, EthicalConduct and Mental Development.

  • C. Important ToolBuddhists use MEDITATION to follow Buddhas teachings.

  • Buddhisms InfluenceIn India it fades out but it did spread to other areas in Asia like China & Tibet, Japan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and others.

  • B. Cultural DiffusionThe spreading of ideas from oneplace to another.

    Example: Buddhist Missionaries takeBuddhism from India to Japan

  • C. World RankingThere are around 400 million Buddhistsin the world today.

    Buddhism ranks #4 in the world today.

  • BUDDHAS LOOK