2The Buddha lived like an ascetic for 6 years The Buddha lived like an ascetic for 6 years. There are people who still live like an ascetic.
3An Ascetic is someone who denies his body any pleasure. little sleep to remain focused.little food. No pleasure. No bed ,no nice clothes etc.
4This was a very austere time not eating and fasting & meditating The purpose was discipline of the mind & body.Why was he doing this ?
5He wanted to escape suffering. So he said all suffering was caused by craving.He gave up all physical pleasures in this life this included sex.
6One day the Prince realised this was doing him no good One day the Prince realised this was doing him no good. So he stopped and had a meal offered to him by a passing maiden. His followers were shocked.
7He accepted some food. This was not him giving up but changing direction. He went for a moderate way.
8The Buddha did not give up on his quest. He still was searching for something to give meaning to his life.He went and found a quietspot to continueto meditate.
9The prince was tempted by visions of the flesh The prince was tempted by visions of the flesh. Dancing maidens suggested that he enjoy himself. He resisted their advances.
10Temptation of the flesh Desire for Pleasure.he refused all of this
20Here we see the Buddha founding the Sanga or community. This is the community of monks. Most Buddhist men will live at some time as a monk.
21Eventually the Buddha died, surrounded by his many followers Eventually the Buddha died, surrounded by his many followers. They took his message on to others. Some thousands of years later this is what we know as Buddhism.
26THE 5 PRECEPTSBasically respect for all life forms.
27The Teachings of the Buddha 1. The First Teaching is not to harm living beings.“ This means that it is wrong to kill any animals or people.”Violence of any kind is not acceptable.Most Buddhists would never be allowed to fight in a war.”
28“Not to take what is not given.” The Second Teaching is“Not to take what is not given.”“Stealing money will have a bad effect on a Buddhist. Buddhists are encouraged to give to one another. This they believe will have a good effect on their lives.
29To hurt someone’s feelings or harm them sexually is wrong.” 3. The Third Teaching isto avoid improper sexual behaviour.“Buddhists should treat people with respect. The person who does not understand this can harm themselves and others. Buddhists marry and have families. Having sex with someone you are not married to is wrong.To hurt someone’s feelings or harm them sexually is wrong.”
30How to be a Buddhist continued The Buddha tried fasting.Then he sat and meditated and eventually achieved enlightenment.The goal of the Buddha was Nirvana.This meant to escape the idea of re-birth.All Buddhists try to follow this teaching
31“For Buddhists lying has 4. The Fourth teaching isto avoid false speech.“For Buddhists lying hasa bad effect on us. A person is not able to be happier and friendlier if we lie and have secrets. Telling the truth doesn’t always mean saying just what you think.”
325. The Fifth Teaching is to avoid drugs that cloud the mind “ Buddhists meditate every day to keep calm. If they take alcohol and drugs this will confuse them. Buddhists decide for themselves how they should behave.When you think about these Buddhist teachings think about what is being said for each one.There is behaviour to avoidThere is behaviour to develop
35Teachings of The Buddha Karma.The Buddha taught that what ever you do it hadConsequences. He called this karma.“Our life is shaped by our mind, we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draw it.“Our life is shaped by our mind. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.”(