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How to Incorporate Buddhism in Your Life

Updated on March 15, 2013

Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Buddha

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The Buddha Marker Stone: The exact spot where the Buddha was born The Ashoka Pillar was erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in 249 BC. The inscriptions read the Buddha was born here.The Buddha nativity Sculpture Inner sanctum of Maya Devi TempleTilaurakot, Kapilvastu: This was where the Buddha lived before he abandoned his family.
The Buddha Marker Stone: The exact spot where the Buddha was born
The Buddha Marker Stone: The exact spot where the Buddha was born | Source
The Ashoka Pillar was erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in 249 BC. The inscriptions read the Buddha was born here.
The Ashoka Pillar was erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in 249 BC. The inscriptions read the Buddha was born here. | Source
The Buddha nativity Sculpture
The Buddha nativity Sculpture | Source
Inner sanctum of Maya Devi Temple
Inner sanctum of Maya Devi Temple | Source
Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu: This was where the Buddha lived before he abandoned his family.
Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu: This was where the Buddha lived before he abandoned his family. | Source

History of the Buddha and Buddhism

The Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha in Lumbini, Nepal, on the full moon day of May c. 623 BC. His father Suddhodhana was the king of Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu, Nepal. When his mother Maya Devi died, Siddhartha was raised by Prajapati Gautami, his aunt and step-mother. One of the names of Buddha is Gautama, which comes from Prahapati Gautami, who was also the first woman to be initiated in Buddhism. Since its inception, Buddhism encouraged women to practice religion and be liberated.

Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini Garden when his mother Maya Devi was passing through Lumbini on the way to her parents’ home in Devadha. Maya Devi Temple is in Lumbini Sacred Garden, which was originally built in 3rd century BC, and renovated many times. The exact spot where the Buddha was born is Inside Maya Devi Temple, it is marked with a stone called Marker Stone..The well preserved Lumbini Sacred Garden is 2.56 sq km, and is the heart of Lumbini-Buddhist Circuit. Lumbini is a small town 300 km west of Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

Siddhartha was married to Yoshadhara and had a son Rahul. However, he did not find pleasure in his royal life. He left his family at the age of 29, and went in search for the cause suffering and means to end suffering. When he was 40, Siddhartha attained Nirvana and became the Buddha. He was 80 when he died in Kushinagar, India.

In the beginning, Buddhism was limited to Nepal and India, but later it spread to East Asia and Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism evolved when Buddhism reached Tibet, in the 7th century. The Dalai Lama is highly regarded in Tibetan Buddhism.


Buddhism Quotes

I teach sorrow, its origin, cessation and path. That's all I teach.

When you understand beauty to be beautiful, then ugliness exists. If you believe goodness to be good, evil will exist.

The father is not the son, the son is not the father, these two cannot exist without the other, these two cannot be simultaneous. (The Buddha said this to illustrate transitory nature of the world)

Light and dark, winning and losing, good and evil, are just different aspects of the same phenomena. All opposites are polar, all opposites are interdependent.

The Buddha's Teaching

The Buddha teachings were not written but spoken. After his death, his disciples were worried that the Buddha’s teaching could be forgotten if it was not collected. They took the initiative to collect the Buddha’s teachings. The earliest and the most complete collection of the Buddha’s teachings is Tripitaka, literally three baskets. Tripitaka contains three books: Vinaya, Sutta and Abhidhamma. It is in Pali language. Vinaya tells about the importance of the monastic life, Sutta is a collection of Buddha’s sermons, and Abhidhamma contains philosophical discourses and mysticism).

Early Buddhist texts, referred as Buddhist canonical literature (or simply Pali canon), tell about the established doctrines. Later Buddhist texts, called non-canonical literature, are the interpretations of the Buddha’s teachings by the early Buddhist monks. Over the years the Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be) like Nagasena, Buddhaghosa, Buddhadatta, Nagarjuna, and Dhammapala wrote commentaries on Tripitaka. These commentaries are Buddhist non-canonical.

Ancient Paintings Depicting the Life of the Buddha

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The birth of the BuddhaSiddhartha Gautama leaving his wife and sonThe Buddha is attacked by Satan while meditating The Buddha giving sermonsThe Buddha on death bed
The birth of the Buddha
The birth of the Buddha | Source
Siddhartha Gautama leaving his wife and son
Siddhartha Gautama leaving his wife and son | Source
The Buddha is attacked by Satan while meditating
The Buddha is attacked by Satan while meditating | Source
The Buddha giving sermons
The Buddha giving sermons | Source
The Buddha on death bed
The Buddha on death bed | Source

The Basics of Buddhism

Mahayana and Theravada are the two schools in Buddhism: In Mahayana, the Buddha’s teachings coexist with Hindu beliefs, shamanistic practice, esoteric rituals and meditation. Zen Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism (also called Tantric Buddhism) and Tibetan Buddhism are different disciplines in Mahayana Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism emphasizes monastic life and deals with puritan teachings of the Buddha.

The basics of Buddhism are simple. You have to know about the Four Noble Truths and practice the Eightfold Path. The Buddha’s teachings are meant to end suffering in your life, and you can end suffering by incorporating Buddhism in your life. Whether you are Buddhist or not, you can incorporate Buddha’s teaching in your life by understanding the four noble truths and practicing the eightfold path.

Prayer Flags are important aspects of Buddhism.
Prayer Flags are important aspects of Buddhism. | Source

The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

The four noble truths encompass the entire Buddha's teaching. The Four Noble Truths are not beliefs but the level of experiences. They present the cause and effect of your being, your existence on earth.

1. There is sorrow in the world

2. There is a reason for sorrow

3. There is cessation from sorrow

4. There is a path to get away from sorrow

In the first noble truth, the Buddha identifies the problem of human life i.e. sorrow. Buddha says birth is sorrow, sickness is sorrow, old age is sorrow and death is sorrow. Birth, sickness, old age and death are the realities of your life.

In the second noble truth, the Buddha identifies the cause of sorrow. The Buddha says there is sorrow because there is desire. Desire comes in three forms, also known as three poisons. The three poisons are passion, aversion and bewilderment.

In the third noble truth, the Buddha says there is a cure from sorrow. The root cause of sorrow is desire. There is desire because there is attachment. To end sorrow, you must be liberated from the sense of attachment.

In the fourth noble truth, the Buddha shows the path to get away from sorrow. The fourth noble truth sets forth the Eightfold Path of Buddhism. You must understand the three noble truths and practice the forth truth. The fourth noble truth is the Eightfold Path, which ultimately ends suffering and makes you liberated.


The Eightfold Path of Buddhism

The Buddha called Eightfold Path the Middle Way. Middle Way means human beings must avoid both, excess indulgence and strict asceticism. As a prince, Siddhartha enjoyed indulgence. After he left his home, he practiced strict asceticism. These two extremities made Siddhartha suffer more. Then he founded the Middle Way.

1. Righteous view: You must have correct understanding about the nature of things

2. Righteous intention: You must shun attachment, hatred and harmful intent

3. Righteous speech: You have to abstain from verbal violence

4. Righteous action: You must refrain from murder, theft and sexual misconduct

5. Righteous livelihood: You have to avoid everything that directly or indirectly harms other people

6. Righteous effort: You have to abandon negative thoughts

7. Righteous mindfulness: You must be aware about your mind, body and the phenomena of the world

8. Righteous concentration: You have to develop awareness

The first two paths –righteous view and righteous intention –are about wisdom. The Righteous speech, righteous action and righteous livelihood are about ethical conduct. And the final three paths, righteous effort, righteous mindfulness, and righteous concentration are related to meditation. The Buddha used righteous to describe the eightfold path because he wanted to negate two extremities, too much attachment and too much detachment.

The Eightfold Path is a means to liberation, not the ultimate truth. The Buddha illustrated this by giving an example of a raft. You need a raft to cross a river, once you cross the river, you no longer need the raft.

Prayer Wheels are important part of worshiping in Buddhism
Prayer Wheels are important part of worshiping in Buddhism | Source

Buddhism Facts

In Sanskrit language Buddha means “Awakened One.”

The Buddha did not initiate any religion. However, his teachings were later called Buddha’s Path, or Buddhism for that matter, and his followers were Buddhist.

The Buddha did not invent the concepts of Samsara, Karma and Nirvana. He was born in a Hindu family, and these ideas were already present in Hindu religion. The Buddha, however, gave new insights on Karma, Samsara and Nirvana.

The world you live in is Samsara. In this Samsara you are born, you live, you die and then take a new birth again.

Karma is Sanskrit word for deeds. Everything you do is Karma, it follows you like a shadow in your every births. Good Karma offers happiness, and bad Karma makes you suffer.

Nirvana means liberation. When human beings attain Nirvana, there will be no birth. No birth means end of suffering. The basic of Buddhism is to end suffering.


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      Sunil Kumar.P.K 

      4 years ago from Bahrain

      Thanks Vinaya Ghimirji.

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      Sunil Kumar.P.K 

      4 years ago from Bahrain

      Well informed and great job done by this Hub!

      Thank you.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal


      It depends on what do you want to read about Buddhism. There are lots of book on Buddhism. If you want to read about the Buddha, Siddhartha by Herman Hessa is the best. If you want to read Buddhist philosophy read any books by Nargarjuna.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      I wish to learn more about Buddhism. Could you please suggest a book to refer and study further? Thank you for sharing your knowledge here.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      @Suzie, I believe our names have great influence on our like. I discovered Buddhism because of my Buddhist name. Thanks for your comment. Cheers.

      @torrilynn, I believe people should be rooted on their faith while nurturing tolerance for other beliefs. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      6 years ago

      i find this hub interesting. I feel that everyone should be open minded to someone elses religion and personal beliefs but nonetheless not everyone feels or thinks as I do. all in all, I believe this to be a great hub that has some great points. thanks. voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vinya,

      Forgot to comment earlier I was so wrapped up in this awesome piece. Wow,this history of Buddhism is truly enlightening. Your name stems from one of the 3 books in Tripitaka, which is wonderful. I have always thought Buddhism teachings to be so interesting. Thanks so much for this wonderful journey - Votes +++, shared

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Brad,

      More than reading scriptures, Buddhism emphasizes on meditation practice. You have truly incorporated Buddha's teaching. Thanks for sharing your experience with meditation.

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      Bradley Kaye 

      6 years ago from Lewiston, New York

      Great Job on this hub! extremely informative, thanks for posting this! I just started meditating about a year ago. You could call me a neophyte, but I have definitely seen a vast difference in my mental clarity at this point. It is one of those things that gradually helped me overcome some of my own inner obstacles to happiness, and now I feel like a new person. I also study philosophy, so I appreciated the technical side of this hub as well!

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      6 years ago

      Buddhist temples in Nepal are beautiful

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      6 years ago

      The video reminded me the good time I had in Nepal.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      @theodoresumrall, thanks.

      @Angel, More power to you for always appreciating my works and inspiring me to excel on HP.

      @Jtd, I'm not a Buddhist expert myself, in this article I have shared what I have read and experienced as a Buddhist student.

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      6 years ago

      Great Hub! Concepts such as the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path are explained in such a clear and simple way. I'm no expert on the subject, but so many when they discuss ideas and concepts in Buddhism seem to over complicate it. One would think the Buddha himself would have striven to keep his ideas clear, concise and approachable to all.

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      6 years ago

      This is the hub that earns special accolade ? Indeed it deserves for an accolade , well done content , grammatical structure . A nourishing and enriching hub ! CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!! More power to you !

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal




      Sunnie Day



















      Thank you my dear friends for reading and commenting. I'm here because of you, you have always inspired me to better. There is so much to learn from you.

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      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Hi Vinaya, Namaste. I enjoyed this description of the Buddha's life as well as some of the background on how the texts came about. I tend to read anything and everything about the Buddha especially b/c here in the West, more authentic sources are always translated and as a linguist I have the tendency to question how accurate they are!

      It is great to have your thoughts on the subject. May you experience happiness in the coming year!

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Dear Vinaya - I hardly ever go to front page, but when I did found you had won Hubpages Award. Many congratulations for your hard work and all the hubs that everyone enjoys from your camera, seeing eye and poetic tongue. Blessings, Debby

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on your HOTD award. I really enjoyed your video and

      explanations on the teachings of Buddhism. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I have been to swayambhu about 7 years ago. Gosh has been quite a while. You have well recorded the place in your this video and very infomative article on Budhism and its principles! Great job Vinaya!

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      Paul Odien Pruel 

      6 years ago from Philippines and Saudi Arabia

      I considered this as educational hub. You have showed the whole picture about Buddhism on this short hub. Thanks for sharing it to us.

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      Jeanine Tribley 

      6 years ago from Ocho Rios, Jamaica

      What a fantastic and well informed hub! Thank you so much for this wonderful information put together in such a professional yet creative way!

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations Vinaya on the HOTD. I truly enjoyed the video and presentation. A lot of the information here is new to me. Merry Holidays@ a prosperous New Years to you my friend.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Beautiful hub, Vinaya. I have always admired Buddhism and its values and your hub said it all.

      Congrats on the HOTD :)

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for explaining about the Buddha, the four noble truths and the eight fold path. Great article.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congratulations Vinaya on your HOTD! This hub is outstanding and the honor is well deserved.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on earning Hub of the Day for this beautiful, interesting and fact filled article about Buddhism.

      You have expressed the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path in a way that allows a reader unfamiliar with Buddhism, to be able to understand the basics.

      I loved the video and stunning photos!

      Blessings & Love, Dear Friend.


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      6 years ago

      Oh, and please change the title of your hub. We do not incorporate things "in" our lives, we incorporate them "into" our lives. Better still, change the title to "A list of terms and definitions used in Buddhism with music and images". Altogether more appriopriate, don't you think?

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      6 years ago

      Here's a comment to counter the accolades from the hordes of unknowing flatterers - some dark to counter the light, you might say- to help you achieve some balance and find the middle way.

      Your article has a flat, boring writing style. No more than a listing of facts and definitions. Tedious to read without any flair or style. I did not manage to finish it, as I felt my eyelids drooping. No new information, or imagination, or creativity.

      And worst of all, your text does not reflect the title. You do not tell us anything about how to incorporate buddhism into our daily lives at all!

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      You will get the basics teachings and understanding of Buddhism by reading this hub. It's a great thing for a person to follow as written up there. It's not easy to life the real Buddhist life. Great job, Vinaya!

      BTW, thanks for the tour!

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      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Congrats Vinaya, on this wonderful and well written hub. One of the things I love about Buddhism, is that even a Christian such as I, can incorporate into his life from time to time.

      take care my friend,


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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations on a well deserved Hub of the Day! This is a wonderful look into your religion!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I have wondered about the basics of Buddhism. You explain them well in this beautiful hub. The photos and video add so much. Congratulations, Vinaya, on Hub of the Day!

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Oh yes congrats Vinaya! Like Peggy said so well deserved my friend.

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      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Excellent capsulization of the Buddhist beliefs. Thank you for the reminders, also. I read a book called "Sidhartha" in my youth, and it left a lasting impression on me.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      Congratulation on getting a HOTD award. Well deserved!!! :)))

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Hello Vinaya, Thank you for sharing your faith. The pillars/eight fold paths that you shared surely can benefit us all in life and steps we should incorporate in all areas of our lives. Open hand is always a good thing, letting go of attachments. Have a wonderful day my dear friend, you are a blessing.


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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on winning the HOTD. I have always been fascinated by Buddhism. I do believe in Karma, and I have thought a lot about reincarnation, and I try and relate that to the Holy Bible. The Bible does tell us we will live forever in Heaven. Who knows?

      If we follow the teachings of Budda, that would be the same as following the Ten Commandments that we Christians try and live by.

      Thanks for this informative Hub. I voted it UP, etc. and will share.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      Very interesting hub. Although I am not a Buddist, I come under the category of people who incorporate some of the teachings into my life. Years ago I read that Buddists find God in everything, which made sense to me so I read more about it. This is a very useful and succinct and I feel sure it will be helpful to many people.

      Congrats on a well deserved HOTD!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is an immaculately-written hub with an engaging video and wonderful photos! I came to know about Buddha through Amar Chitra Katha comics and now I learnt more from your detailed hub. Congrats on winning the much deserved HOTD! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      @Peggy, our karma follows us like a shadow in our every life. We will wander in samsara until we improve our karma. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

      @Maria, thanks for your wonderful comment. Four noble truths and Eightfold path can certainly applied by every individual.


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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Vinaya,

      This piece reminded me of how much I have and will continue to learn from you.

      I totally embrace the four noble truths and the eightfold path of Buddhism. There is such a sense of clarity, balance and peace in these teachings.

      In keeping with Honey BB's challenge, this is the 9th of 26 hubs I am reading today.

      This one is in honor of Madeleine F. Hsu (07-10-06) and may her sweet soul rest in peace.

      Hugs, Maria

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      This hub about incorporating Buddhism into our lives is fascinating. The video at the top was beautiful to view. I think that most people have heard about good Karma or bad Karma. This makes sense to me that how we live our lives effects our happiness while here and also can affect others. I know that I will be rereading and thinking about this hub. Up, useful and interesting votes and will share. Thanks for writing this!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      @Midget, Buddha's teachings are for the entire mankind. Thanks for your comment.

      @Rajan, that's true, Buddha has explained about esoteric things in simple words. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You have explained Buddhism very beautifully and simply Vinaya. Buddhism principles are very simple and straight forward. There is desire at the root of all sorrow. And practicing a middle path in thought and action.

      Wonderful hub. Voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      I am passing on this very useful hub on Buddhism. It is useful for anyone seeking to embrace the wonderful tenets of this religion. Thanks for sharing and I pass it on as well!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      @Natashalh, I love the ambiance of monastery. There is so much peace.

      @Billy, the Buddha's teachings are more of philosophical kind. Thanks for being here.

      @Mhatter, thanks for sharing your experience.

      @tillsontitan, I believe our name have lasting effect on us. Thanks for appreciating my work.

      @Jamie, monkeys and pigeons are found in most of the Hindu and Buddhist temples in Nepal. I believe in Karma, and I try to improve my karma. Thanks for your in depth comment.

      @Angel, thanks for always reading and leaving nice comments on my hubs.

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      6 years ago

      A very loaded hub , while reading i am like in History and English Literature Class. Video is so beautiful , music makes it more beautiful.

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed the video very much.. the music was soothing and what a beautiful, interesting place. Were those monkeys that I was seeing? I have always agreed with the Buddhist teachings. I believe them to be universal truths. I strongly believe in Karma and know it to be true. I experience it in my life and see it happen in the lives of others. I also think about attachment and see how it is the cause of suffering... I just do not know how NOT to become attached.... I often think about it but for as long as I can remember it's been so easy to attach myself to things and ideas. I need to meditate more. I know there is liberation and peace that comes along with that. This is a wonderful hub and great reminder to me. Thank you for sharing. Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting!

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      6 years ago

      Nice video. Loved your work.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      How amazing to see monkeys walking around so naturally!

      How nice to learn the beginnings of your name and the importance of such a beautiful name.

      This is a great hub for us to learn more about Budda and Buddhism. As always, your pictures are beautiful...I liked the video as well.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting. A very interesting hub Vinaya!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing. Great overview. I'm certain there is more too it. My neighbors are Buddhists. If it wasn't for the lady's sister, I would never have guessed.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for clarifying information about Buddhism. Excellent hub my friend. These teachings could help one and all!

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      6 years ago from Hawaii

      What a beautiful hub. I had the privilege of visiting a Buddhist temple this summer - it was a place of beauty and tranquility. I need to try to incorporate these teachings into my life - I believe it would affect positive change.


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