Frequently asked questions about Buddhism.
What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born into a royal family in northern India around 2500 years ago. He realized that wealth and luxury did not guarantee happiness so he explored the different teachings, religions and philosophies of the day to find the key to happiness. After many years of study and meditation he finally found ‘the middle path’ and became enlightened. After enlightenment he taught what he learned until his death at the age of 80.
Was the Buddha a God?
He was not, nor did he claim to be. He was a man who taught a path to enlightenment from his own experience.
Is Buddhism a religion?
To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or ‘way of life’.
Do Buddhists worship idols?
Buddhists sometimes pay respect to images of the Buddha. A statue of the Buddha with hands rested gently in it’s lap and a compassionate smile reminds us to strive to develop peace and love within ourselves. Bowing to the statue is an expression of gratitude for the teaching.
Are there different types of Buddhism?
There are many different types of Buddhism, because the emphasis changes from country to country due to customs and cultures. What does not vary is the essence of the teaching.
What does Buddhism say about other religions?
Buddhism is a belief system which is tolerant of all other beliefs and religions. Buddhism agrees with the moral teachings of other religions, no matter the name it goes by.
How can Buddhism help me?
Buddhism explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world, and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness.
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