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Question by Luis: Where can i get buddhism “guidance”?
i think i want to change to the Buddhist religion but I know theres no such thing as “buddhist church” i know this will be hard for me since i got a “potty mouth”
Answer by Fireball
public library but JESUS CAN HELP ALLOT MORE..
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Development in Burma
In Burma, Buddhism reached its golden era in the reign of King Anurudh (or Anawrata; B.E. 1588 -1621 or 1044 – 1077 C.E.), when Burma was first united into one country and its capital city of Pagan became a great centre of Buddhist culture. After the end of the Mongol occupation under Kublai Khan (from B.E. 1831 to 1845; 1287 – 1301 C.E.), Buddhism flourished again under King Dhammaceti (B.E. 2004 – 2035; or 1460 – 1491 C.E.). During the next centuries, Burmese Buddhism contributed much to the stability and progress of Buddhism. Some monks came from Ceylon to be reordained and took the ordination procedure back to their country. The study of Abhidhamma flourished. Pali texts were translated into Burmese and a great number of Pali scriptures and books on Buddhism were written by Burmese scholars. A council called the Fifth Great Council was held in Mandalay under King Mindon in B.E. 2415 (1871 C.E.) and the Tipitฺaka was inscribed on 729 marble slabs enshrined at the foot of Mandalay Hill.
The British rule from B.E. 2430 to 2492 (1886 – 1948 C.E.) caused in the Burmese a strong feeling of nationalism which combined political independence with the protection of the national religion. After the independence, national and religious leaders were very active in supporting and encouraging the Buddhist causes and activities. In B.E. 2498 (1954 C.E.) the Burmese government in cooperation with the Burmese Sangha invited representatives of all neighbouring, Buddhist countries and of Buddhist groups in various countries to participate in the Sixth Great Council which met in Rangoon to recite and revise the text of the Pali scriptures and to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of the Great Demise of the Buddha.
Development in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos
From ruins and art-objects, it is evident that Buddhism must have been introduced into the great kingdom of Founan (modern Cambodia) at least by the 10th century after the Buddha (5th century C.E.). However, little is known about this early period, except that soon after this time it lost ground to Hinduism which flourished under a series of Hindu rulers* from about the 7th to the 18th century after the Buddha (2nd – 13th century C.E.). During this Brahmanical period, Mahayana Buddhism was found existing side by side with Hinduism, and sometime before the end of this period gained ground over Hinduism. The great king who first upheld Buddhism was Yasovarman who reigned in the 15th century B.E. (9th century C.E.).
Three centuries later the ancient kingdom of Founan was at its height of power and prosperity under Jayavarman VII who reigned from B.E. 1724 to 1763 (1181-1220 C.E.). Jayavarman was a devoted Buddhist. Trying to follow the Buddhist ideal of the righteous king, he built numerous roads, 121 resthouses, and 102 hospitals and did other meritorious deeds. The next century saw the independence of the Thais. To this there was a royal reaction away from Buddhism back to orthodox Hinduism.
After the 18th century B.E., however, through the influence of the reform of Buddhism in Ceylon during the reign of Parakramabahu I the Great, Theravada Buddhism returned, first through Thailand and then directly from Ceylon. Within the next two centuries, it replaced Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism and became the national religion of Cambodia. As in Thailand, traces of Hinduism can be found today only in public ceremonies and customs.
In Laos the history of Buddhism followed the same line as that of Cambodia and Thailand. The Laotians have been devoted adherents of Theravada Buddhism since the introduction of the Lankavamsa tradition into these regions, and follow practices which are similar to those of Thailand and Cambodia.
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Question for a Buddhist: “What are main differences between Mahayana Buddhism & Theravad Buddhism ?”
Question by tom: Question for a Buddhist: “What are main differences between Mahayana Buddhism & Theravad Buddhism ?”
What does one focus a bit more on than the other ?
Just as there are differences in different denominations within Christianity, there are some differences within the religious choices of Buddhism.
For Christians, no matter what denomination, the end result should be the same.
“For all Buddhists, the goals are always the same !”
Answer by Anger eating demon
The way I see it is that the two traditions are complimentary. It is not a case of EITHER OR. It is a case of a CONTINUUM. We start of with the beginning – the roots (Theravada) and then continue up the trunk into the branches, leaves and flowers ( Mahayana). So the two Traditions can benefit us quite a lot if we have an open mind. If our roots are not strong and well placed (i.e.our knowledge of the Theravadan Teachings is shallow and weak) no way we can grow upwards to benefit from the leaves and flowers. Master Chin Kung gave this example to his Mahayana audience. He told them everyone is busy building high rise buildings. They forgot to build strong foundations and straight away wanted to build the 3rd-10th floor…would those floors tumble down..for sure they will! Likewise it is the case with learning these two traditions. That is one of the reasons why, so many people are quite confused over the issue.
To really comprehend the teachings of Mahayana, one needs to get the concept of the Three Bodies of the Buddha in perspective, Dhammakaya, Sambodhakaya and Nirmanakaya. If not, then it will cause confusion. Why not do a search and see what you can find.
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Question by Scotty: What is Jainism and how is it linked to Buddhism?
Hi, I’ve been trying to read a load of wikipedia about Jainism and there is really to much there for me to get a good understanding of it. It would be nice if there are any followers of the religion/philosophy or anyone that has studied it that could maybe give me some key beliefs and some info on who founded it in English not just pasted wiki facts. I’m a zen buddhist, and I’m curious as to what the similarities are to Jainism and Buddhism as I saw the words “Buddhism” crop up a lot in the pages of words on wiki. 😛 How is Jainism similar to Buddhism? How is it different? 🙂
Answer by Ashish Shetty
Another sect of people related to Hinduism just like Buddhism.It was founded by lord Mahavira a few years later than Buddhism.Jains follow some specific rules which are very strict as compared to Hinduism and Buddhism.They’re strictly vegetarian and don’t eat anything that grows beneath the earth like onions,carrots,raddish etc.They constantly keep their mouth covered by cloth to avoid any small micro organisms entering the mouth I guess.These ‘re a few things I heard regarding Jain people.
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