4 The essence of Buddhism 2,500 year old tradition.The 3 jewels of Buddhism:Buddha, the teacher.Dharma, the teachings.Sangha, the community.
5 Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BCE) Born in NE India (Nepal).Raised in great luxury to be a king.At 29 he rejected his luxurious life to seek enlightenment and the source of suffering.Lived a strict, ascetic life for 6 yrs.Rejecting this extreme, sat in meditation, and found nirvana.Became “The Enlightened One,” at 35.
6 What is the fundamental cause of all suffering? Desire!
7 Four Noble TruthsThere is suffering and unhappiness in the world. To live is to suffer.The Buddha experienced suffering and death in others.
8 Four Noble TruthsThe cause of suffering is self-centered desire and attachments to material goods.
9 Four Noble TruthsThe solution is to eliminate desire and attachments and reach nirvana.
10 Four Noble TruthsTo reach nirvana, one must follow the Eightfold Path.
11 Nirvana Eightfold Path The union with the ultimate spiritual reality. Escape from the cycle of rebirth.
16 Theravada Buddhism Followed Buddha’s teachings exactly. The oldest school of Buddhism.Followed Buddha’s teachings exactly.Found in southern Asia.Focus on wisdom and meditation.Goal is to become a “Buddha,” or “Enlightened One.”Over 100,000,000 followers today.
18 Mahayana BuddhismFounded in northern Asia (China, Japan).Buddhism “for the masses.”Believed that other people can interpret the Buddha’s teachings.Goal: Not just individual escape from the wheel, but the salvation of all humanity through self-sacrifice of those enlightened few.
21 zen Buddhism The “Meditation School.” Seeks sudden enlightenment through meditation, arriving at emptiness.Use of meditation masters.Beauty, art, and aesthetics:Gardens.Archery.Tea ceremony.Calligraphy.