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The Buddha's Teachings for All

Updated on September 11, 2014

The Buddha - My Great Teacher

The Buddha was a great teacher and philosopher but not a God. He was the one who enlightened others with his teachings. Buddhism is not only a religion but an education as well. It teaches us many moral things such as not to harm anybody who has a life.

I am a Buddhist and I was a monk for few days. It was only for short period of time. There is a rule where every male Buddhist has to be monk at least once in a life. I learned a lot during the time I stayed in a Buddhist temple. Today I would like to introduce some of the teachings that were taught by the Buddha. I will also show you Buddha's peaceful quotes, and pictures.

Image credit: Craig Loftus

The Buddha's Life

The Buddha was born in this world in 623 B.C. in a city called Kapilavatthu, in Lumbini Park, Nepal. He was son of the king Suddhodana and the queen Maha Maya. The Buddha was called as Siddhartha Gotama before becoming a Buddha. His father did not want Siddhartha to think about real life of human being, because his father remembered the prediction of the wise man. The wise man predicted that if Siddhartha Gotama leaves palace, one day he would become a Buddha.

The prince was very kind to everyone and he took care of not to do anything harmful to any living creatures. Siddhartha Gotama realized that the life was sorrowful, he needed salvation and this thought leads him to be a Buddha. He left palace for salvation at the age of 29 and after meditating for 6 years long he became the Buddha at the age of 35.

Big Buddha Statue in Japan

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Happiness is short, it stays for a while!

Prince Siddhartha Gotama saw many other creatures like snake, birds, fish, horse and many more. One day he had seen a lizard was eating ants after that a snake came and caught the lizard at once and ate it.

After a while a bird came down from the sky and picked up the snake, this bird did the same thing as snake did to the lizard. How awful life it is! Everybody is eating each other, they are fighting each other for living this world.

Then Prince Siddhartha Gotama thought then all these creatures were happy for a while when they caught as food but they ended up suffering, a lot of suffering.

Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha - You can read this book!

Do you want to read about the Buddha's life? Prince Siddhartha (later he became the Buddha) story is very interesting, you will know everything he did. It will teach you how he became a Buddha after meditating hard.

Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha
Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha

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How did the Buddha realize that the world is full of grief and sufferings?

The king Suddhodana kept his son inside the palace because he knew one thing which is "if his son goes out of the palace, he would see many things of this real world and later would be a Buddha and leave him forever".

One day Prince Siddhartha Gotama and his charioteer Channa as his attendant went out to the nearby towns. On his first visit he saw a old man with white haired, wrinkled, dressed in rags and he was in the last stage of aging. Prince Siddhartha Gotama was surprised and sad what he saw. He had never seen such old person in his life. Then charioteer Channa told him "everybody will be older like this old man one day". This statement indeed made him to think about miserable life. Then he asked charioteer Channa to take him to the palace.

On his second visit he saw a man lying down on the ground and mourning and moaning. Then Channa told the prince "this man is sick and everyone can be sick at any time".

On the third visit Siddhartha saw four men carrying a stretcher of a death body of a man, relatives were crying. Then suddenly, Siddhartha asked to Channa "What has happened to these men?" Channa said "everyone will die one day, there is no escape from it. Finally, he had to make a strong decision to find a way out of the suffering of old age, sickness and death.

Later on, he saw a man in yellow robe while he was riding in the garden. Channa told the price, this man was a monk who left his family and gave up all the desire for pleasure and he was on the way to finding out the escape of suffering. After hearing this price thought the monk was very peaceful and happy. Thus how Prince Siddhartha Gotama realized how sorrowful this world was, "people become old, sick then die!"

Four Nobel Truths of Buddhism

He left royal palace and gave up all his pleasures for becoming a Buddha at the age of 29. Finally, after meditating hard for 6 years long at once he became a Buddha at the age of 35. He also achieved the Nirvana; this is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. Let us see Four Nobel Truths to clear your thoughts.

Four Nobel Truths are -

1) The Dukkha (Suffering) - Know the sufferings that we face

2) The Cause Of of Dukkha - Be able to know the cause of sufferings

3) The Cessation Of Dukkha - vision, insight, wisdom, knowing and light that arose in mind

4) The Path That Ends Dukkha - By Achieving Nirvana we can be free from all sufferings

Eight-Fold Paths of Buddhism

Eight-fold paths which consist of -

1) Right understanding

2) Right thoughts

3) Right speech

4) Right action

5) Right livelihood

6) Right effort

7) Right mindfulness

8) Right concentration

I think you do understand all of these eight-fold paths.

Five Percepts of Buddhism

The Buddha advised these five percepts for human beings to live peacefully by abstaining from -

1) Killing

2) Stealing

3) Telling lies

4) Adultery

5) Taking alcoholic drinks

There are also many peaceful advices, moral ethics and rules which are completely can be followed by human beings for having peaceful life.

Nirvana is a place where you are free from sufferings and rebirth, you can't see it but you can feel it just like you can't see the air but you can feel it when air touches you. This also means as extinguishing of the fires of greed.

What is Nirvana?

How to achieve Nirbana or Nibbana?

Nirvana or Nibbana simply meant peace or extinction before the Buddha's time. At the time of the Buddha he described nirvana in new dimensions of meaning. Here, if we look at the word "Nirvana" or "Nibbana" then we get these, NI means "no" and Vana means "craving": No more craving, no more attachment and no more selfishness.

A person like me or you can never experience nirvana because we have craving, attachment and selfishness. When these three words are gone from our inner mind then we experience nirvana, otherwise not. We, the people have emotions and we crave for sensual gratification. Sensual pleasure will never let you to know or feel the real nirvana taste.

It is true that happiness comes to our life but they are for short time, they are limited while on the other hand pour nirvana gives you endless happiness, it can't be ended and this is called permanent happiness. We need to have a true bliss and then we will experience a permanent sense of satisfaction, calmness and tranquility. We can never be at peace if we spend time for solving problems, and wonder of what to do next over time.

Want to achieve it? It is very hard to go to Nirvana and only the person who has knowledge as the Buddha had can achieve it by meditating and throwing out the external happiness that stays for a while from the real world. I can describe many things here about this subject but I honestly suggest you to read some books "How to achieve Nirbana or Nibbana?" - you can find them easily online.

Buddha - Read this book, it is simple!

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Buddha

If you have Buddhist friends then you can present this book as gift, he or she would be happy to receive this book, it is a precious book.

 

Buddhism and Mind

Buddhism teaches us to be calm in mind and to control the mind. Mind is a thing that can change your mood at any time. I think you believe this point. Mind is the main factor of Buddhism. It is hard to control.

Do you know why people get angry? The answer is - people get anger because people's mind say, "you got to be anger". To clear this concept, I would like to give you an example of it, suppose you are feeling hungry now, what would you do then? Of course you would find food to fulfill your demand.

Have you thought who derives you to find food that you need? Yes, your mind derives you to find food then you get satisfaction. If your mind says, "Kill that person" yes! Your body will kill that person. Controlling your mind is first, all comes from mind. It could be good, could be bad.

If you can control your mind peacefully you see how you feel good. By mediating you control your mind. While you meditate your mind may go to many places, just what you are thinking about, so just try to control it, everything will be fine.

What is Karma?

Does karma exist in our life? I say “Yes” and it does exist. Karma or Kamma simply means action or reaction of what we do. If I say about karma except Buddhism concept we can get an image where the god will punish the one whose action is badly affect it to someone else. God rewards according to one’s good karma and punishes according to one’s bad karma. If you know the law of cause and effect you won’t believe in this concept. The Buddha did not believe it this way rather he thought we can handle our karma. Even we have the power to overcome the effect of karma.

We have to find our salvation by our own effort. The teachings of the Buddha will direct you or guide you what to do or not to do but it would not do the work for you. Get job done by you taking the guidelines from the Buddha’s teachings. Our sins that come from our bad karma can’t be abolished if we pray to the Buddha. There is a simple method of overcoming bad effects of karma. The first thing is we have to reduce evil thoughts, jealousy. Second thing is we have stop repeating our bad karma. And third thing is we have to generate or cultivate good karma.

I can’t pollute your mind nor I can purify but by taking my words you can purify your mind. This concept is true not false at all. At school, your teacher shows you how to solve a math problem but he would not do it during exam time. You have to do that yourself. In Buddhism, understanding of the cosmic nature of the universe and its complete operation according to the laws of cause and effect, this is what we need to know in order to bring happiness not the religion.

We are bound to Karma that leads to rebirth

Karma is the action that we do every day in our life. The Buddha said "Karma is life Karma is friend and Karma is enemy". Buddhism believes in karma.

Every action has its reaction, this is the law. Do the right thing and get the reward, this is the universal truth of life. On the other hand doing bad things get punished.

You have stolen a diamond from a shop, unfortunately you got caught then what?! Of course you get punished. Police caught you and sent you to prison.

You are studying for an upcoming exam to get a good result; yes you will be rewarded by giving a medal because by studying hard you achieve that.

Karma leads to rebirth again in this world so that you have to suffer again like being older, feeling pain and then die. That's why, karma is your life, karma is your friend and karma is your enemy.

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Beautiful Buddha Statue

Buddha statues are being worshiped by us everyday. If you are not a Buddhist but want to see a beautiful delightful Buddha statue in your home then you can choose one as decor item.

Why everything is not equal?

Some people are rich, some are poor! This is not equal at all, right? Have you ever thought why it is so? Do you think all these things happen for God that he already drew your life cycle? Actually Buddhism does not agree with it. Buddhism believes in Karma or action and that's why we are not equal. We hardly find student in a class room where all the students are brilliant in all subjects. You are a driver of your car not others. For example, just take your life as a car and you are a driver of it. You drive your car (life) by yourself. If you take it to right direction you will find happiness otherwise if you go to the wrong direction you have to suffer.

Have you ever thought why some new born babies die of many diseases?! Do you think the God sends the baby for a while and takes it back to his place? I think all of we know god is kind and peaceful in mind. I really don't know why he sends that baby for a while in this world and take it back! I think it is painful for the baby's parents. Do you think one God wishes to make other unhappy or gives them pain which hurts much? Well I am telling this to those who believe the God controls of our life and when he wants you to die you die. As Buddhism does not believe in God so all these issues are irrelevant and Buddhism only believe in Action/karma that leads us to our destiny. Now just think about the car I have mentioned here, you drive your own life not others.

Again, you see there are many people who have long term diseases and they suffer a lot. If the one who thinks that God controls our life then I have a question to you, can you just tell me why the God makes those patients unhappy and sufferer for a long time? Or do you think it is only a punishment for those patients that come from the god?

I don't think so the god could not be such a fool and unkind that he makes his disciples (patients) sufferer for a long time. Rather the god would help them to get better soon. But the real thing goes different only because of Karma or action. Buddhism would say those patients are suffering for their own action they did in their current life or past life (Please note that Buddhism believe in rebirth), so they are suffering now and Buddhism always enlighten and bless them to get better soon. Remember, Buddhism believe that god can't punish or reward you, you are punished or rewarded by your actions/karma.

My explanation here comes from Buddhism thoughts and believe. There is nothing to be anger if you don't agree or like what i have explained in this module. I just shared our believe with you. It does not mean i want to hurt you. Be peaceful and follow your religious thought if you find peaceful there.

Buddha Statue in Hong Kong

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"A fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least to that extent, but a fool who thinks himself wise is a fool indeed"

— The Buddha

The Buddha's Quotes

These could be unknown to you!

"Neither mother, father, nor any other relative can do one greater good than one's own well-directed mind"

"Like a beautiful flower full of color and also fragrant, even so, fruitful are the fair words of one who practices them"

"Long is the night to the sleepless; long is the league to the weary. Long is worldly existence to fools who know not the Sublime Truth"

"A fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least to that extent, but a fool who thinks himself wise is a fool indeed"

"Do not associate with evil companions; do not seek the fellowship of the vile. Associate with the good friends; seek the fellowship of noble men"

"Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame"

"One who, while himself seeking happiness, does not oppress with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will find happiness hereafter"

"Better it is to live alone; there is no fellowship with a fool. Live alone and do no evil; be carefree like and elephant in the elephant forest"

"Four misfortunes befall the reckless man who consorts with another's wife: acquisition of demerit, disturbed sleep, ill-repute, and (rebirth in) states of woe"

"To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind - this is the teaching of the Buddhas"

Virtue and wisdom both are like a pair of bird's wings

Peace, Happiness and Salvation

Everyone seeks for peace, happiness and salvation from sufferings. Where there is peace, there is love as well. The great teacher showed us the path of peace, happiness and salvation.

Whether you believe in his teachings or not it will not affect to you. His truthful message was given to this world without any violation. His teaching does not install a fear in your mind.

As virtue is necessary for the attainment of salvation, which is Nirvana, on the other hand only virtue cannot lead you to Nirvana, you need wisdom as well. Virtue and wisdom both are like a pair of bird's wings.

Giant Buddha Statue in Sichuan, China

Image credit: Chi King

Buddhism has no discrimination

This is the religion where there is no discrimination. The Buddha declared that the gate of Nirvana is open for all. You get equal opportunity of every aspect of life.

It does not matter you are poor or rich, man or woman, criminal or non-criminal, anger-non anger. You all have success and prosperity since you have the freedom to choose what is good and what's bad in life.

I have heard a news once that many Hindu religious people from India converted from their religion to Buddhism by themselves. It happened because in Hinduism there is a class system that divide people from upper class to lower class. And thus lower class people be discriminated in some cases. This class system has no existence in Buddhism.

The Way of the Buddha: The Illustrated Dhammapada

The Way of the Buddha: The Illustrated Dhammapada (Gift Book)
The Way of the Buddha: The Illustrated Dhammapada (Gift Book)

Dhammapada is an important part of the Tripitaka. You would love all these quotes, they are simple but they mean to you a lot things about our life.

 

Buddhism and God Existence

Buddhism does not believe in God but it does believe in self prosperity. You can control your mind by yourself. Even though in Buddhism there is spiritual things existed. The Buddha is not a god but a great teacher.

In Buddhism since you are the driver of your own faith so there is no existence of god, no reward comes from the god, no punishment comes from the god. You achieve what you do by yourself.

I know there are many persons who would disagree with this statement that we don't believe in god existence. But the real thing is we have grown following our own religious beliefs and customs so on this subject, there are enormous debates that come from different religious disciples. Please, you never get hurt reading our Buddhism thoughts.

You are happy with your religion, stay with it if you find peace and love in there

Buddhism is a free Religion

If there is a religion which would never force you to take its religion then it would be Buddhism. We never tell others that our religion is the best. The word "religion" should be free for everyone. As one has right to take right and bad decision so it is also his decision which religion she or he would take can follow its customs.

Buddhism allows you to judge this religion by yourself, not by others. Come and see, if you find this religion is really peaceful then you explore it more but it does not mean you have to be converted from the religion you have now.

You are happy with your religion, stay with it if you find peace and love in there. Buddhism never forces you to take its religion. You better analyze and observe it much.

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Buddhism and Meditation

Doing meditation is a positive action to control our mind. Mind is a fact! It leads you to do anything including both positive and negative activity. Meditation does not only help us to control our mind but it also help us to go to Nirvana.

Only proper meditation technique can lead you to achieve its highest achievement. Before starting mediation, one has to follow at least some basic rules.

One can achieve Nirvana by doing hard meditation. Achieving Nirvana is not a easy task at all. You have to be patient and most importantly you have to give up all the wants and desires in your life.

For example, you can't desire for buying a car because it would lead you to a path where your mind would tell you "go make some new desire" it means once the car's gas is over you have to load it newly, sometimes you have to fix the car's engine, there is no ending unless you give it up forever.

The Buddha (Prince Siddhartha) himself gave up all those things and then became a Buddha. The Buddha had suggested some meditation practices through which only the real one can achieve the nirvana and can stop rebirth forever.

Buddhism and killing animal as devotion to God

There are many races existed all around the world. Some of them kill innocent animals as devotion to make their God happy. I have seen many times on TV that people devote cows, goats, hens for their gods or sometimes before starting a festival. No doubt, this is a Superstition. I really don't know why that god would be happy when his disciples devote animal for him by killing innocent animal. I always know the God must be peaceful, helpful and kind.

Why would the god be happy when his disciples devote animals for him? The Buddha never supported killing animal as devotion. His doctrine teaches us not to kill any living creatures and not to kill any living creatures as devotion to God. The Buddha said it as great sin because what's the benefit of killing innocent animal! Rather you are killing your kindness, forgiveness.

For example, you are going to devote a bird by killing it for your God. suppose, you just killed the bird to make your god happy but don't you think you have made a another biggest mistake in your life? You have not killed the bird only, you also just killed its (bird) family as well. What would you feel when someone kills you and someone kills one of your family members to whom you are depend on? You have love for your family so that bird has love for her family too. Everybody fears of die, it does not mean you are human, animal or any other creatures.

Books based on Buddhism

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Change your life and learn about happiness, love, and wisdom.

 

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      @semas, you're welcome! Have a good day :)

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      semas 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the inspiring teachings of Buddha.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      We could all learn from the Buddhas way of life and teachings. Wonderful lens :)

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      What an interesting lens! Everyone can learn from the teachings of Buddha.

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      Hal Gall 3 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      IMO Buddhism is closer to the truth than most "religions".

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      soniabaad lm 3 years ago

      No doubt that the Buddha was a great teacher. He was born in Nepal one of the neighboring country of India. That is why I have seen many people here following Buddhism.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Very interesting; I hadn't really read enough on Buddhism before, so shame on me. This is a philosophy toward achieving balance and harmony in one's life, so is a most attractive one

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      I have always loved Buddist quotes. Nice lens.

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      This was very interesting, particularly the quotes, thanks for sharing!

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      A really interesting lens! Thank you!

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      I have heard of Buddha and Buddhism, but I never knew a lot about it. I've learned a lot hear today, thank you!

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      I just finished reading a books about the life of Buddha and the foundation of Buddhism, but it wasn't as interesting as what you've written here. The book was very dry and academic. This article, very clearly, comes from your heart.

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      NoProblemmo 3 years ago

      Do to others what you wish they would do to you - this motto works great!

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      Coreena Jolene 3 years ago

      I am a firm believer in Karma and always try to do the best thing, and although I am not totally innocent of not judging books by it's cover, I try very hard not to because I know there is so much more under the surface. Thanks for this page, it is very inspiring.

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      kuja311 3 years ago

      Very nice writing! I have deep respect for karma and the things I know of Buddhism but your post makes me wish to learn more. Good job!

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      What a beautiful lens - thank you. I particularly liked the Buddhas quotes, they were not known to me.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I am a Christian and I also believe in the power of the mind and karma.

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      DeniseandViolet 3 years ago

      Thank you for creating this lens, and for sharing Buddhism with us!

      One of my favorite books on Buddhism is : "The Buddha Said...: Meeting the Challenge of Life's Difficulties" by Osho. Have you had the chance to read some of it? It's an inspiring book, and changed my way of thinking and being.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Nicely explained philosophy. Your concept is good and your expressions colorful. Keep up the good work. Well done,

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      I just wanted another visit.

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      Egils Petersons 3 years ago from Latvia

      Hi! Great lens with very much information. I like what you say about Budha - The Buddha was a great teacher and philosopher but not a God. I am a christian and Jesus teaches us many moral things, too. But He is also my Saviour. God Bless! :)

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      Felicitas 3 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. I already knew a little about Buddhism. I believe in, and respect, many of the Buddhist teachings. Regardless of our spiritual beliefs, I think that if we incorporate some of the Buddhist teachings into our lives, we can create a more peaceful world. You did a wonderful job of explaining it.

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      Barnowl LM 3 years ago

      Being spiritual myself, this is a great lens! I do like Buddism, and can relate to some of it's teachings. Lots of great info here...keep up the good work, you're doing great;-)

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      Reading the book The Cat Who Went to Heaven was my first intro to the Buddha's story. Great work here!

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      @LornsA178: Thanks for visiting this lens, I am glad to know that you have learned a lot about Buddha :)

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      My daughter is actually teaching me about Buddha. A great way to live.

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      No coming, no going;-)

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      Very thorough and excellent lens, and I love the photos of the statues. Amazing.

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      Congratulations on your well deserved LotD! I truly enjoyed my visit here and learned much.

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 4 years ago from Ethiopia

      That Buddha statue in Hong Kong is amazing - and also the other two giant Buddha statues (I'd never seen any of them before and am very impressed). Many years ago I bought the book you recommend, 'Prince Siddhartha - The Story of Buddha', for my nieces and nephew. It's a beautiful story aimed at children aged 8 to 12, but also very enjoyable and interesting for adults to read. The illustrations are wonderful. Thanks for a great lens.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I totally agree with you that "Buddhism teaches us to be calm in mind and to control the mind. Mind is a thing that can change your mood at any time."

      I also love the Buddha's Quotes you listed here.

      And, I really impressed with the picture of Giant Buddha Statue in Sichuan, China

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      An interesting quick look on the basic of Buddha through a lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      NatureFan LM 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens. :)

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      bobnolley lm 4 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD and thank yu so much for this...beautiful

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I am so proud and happy for you to get LOTD!!!!!!!!!!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      This is an exceptionally interesting lens. Thank you for showing me something new. I appreciate reading about it. Congratulations on LOTD and Purple Star.

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      Mellifera 4 years ago

      Thanks for this beautiful and informative lens. I really enjoy your writing style and I think you did an excellent job at conveying the concepts of quieting the mind through meditation and also the idea of karma.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      This is a great read, I learned a lot about Buddha that I did not know beforehand. I am not religious at all, but if I were to follow any sort of religion, it would probably be Buddhism as I find it to be really peaceful and enlightening. Congrats on LOTD :-)

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      philipcaddick 4 years ago

      Very interesting, I did not know even 1/10 of this.

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      Very nice! Congrats on LOTD!!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Congratulations for receiving the LOTD for this wonderful lens.

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      Yamin Joe 4 years ago

      Congrats for receiving LOTD! Your lens is very interesting. I have some knowledge about Buddhism from my visit to Bangkok and also from visiting Buddha temple in Beijing.

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      LeroySmith1 4 years ago

      I think we can all learn something from these teachings. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love this explanation! Congrats!

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      freedomleader 4 years ago

      Awesome job on this insight of Buddhism.Thank you for sharing so all can understand.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      @MelanieKaren: Hi, I am so happy as well and I hope you are doing great :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: Thanks for reading this lens :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      @smine27: You are welcome Smine27! You don't have to be strict much just keep your mind out of bad things and then be a peaceful and helpful :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      @PriyabrataSingh: Hello :) Thanks for the nice comment. Have a nice day! :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      @SavioC: Hi SavioC, I am glad you liked this lens. Thank you :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      @federico-biuso: Yeah I could write and you just have to wait, that's it! Thanks for visiting this lens :)

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This is a really good overview of Buddhism and I feel that many will benefit from it. Well done on the LOTD award and Purple Star.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I found this very enlightening. Thank you for sharing these teachings. I congratulate you on receiving the honor of LOTD.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      An excellent lens on Buddhism. Congrats on LotD

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Such a beautiful and complete lens! I have tried to describe Buddhism, and come so short. I came back to say that I have added this lens to my own: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/what-do-w and I see I have already discovered it and bookmarked it to my spirituality board and elsewhere. I am not a Buddhist but I am inspired to learn more, and especially to practice meditation because I have seen that practice change so many lives, including those of prisoners and a nephew of a friend who was able to live addiction to heroin behind and go on to college, become a nurse and a loving father. I think almost everyone of any faith can profit from Buddhist meditation, not just Buddhists. Congrats on LOTD for this great lens. It is nice to see a lens of such substance on the front page.

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      being_suman 4 years ago

      I learnt a lot,thanks for sharing.I enjoyed wholely

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      hi :) beautifully well done :) congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you takkhis for an enlightening lens. Although I'm not a strict buddhist, I find that his teachings give me a sense of peace and calm. There is no judgement and you're solely responsible for your own actions.

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      PriyabrataSingh 4 years ago

      Wow the lens is very motivational.I truly believe about the Buddha and Buddhism. I leads to true worship,dedication,love and simple living.Believe in your work is next to believing in God....Thanks

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Hi Takkhis. I really liked this lens. Buddha's teachings are all powerful & life changing. Well done.

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      federico-biuso 4 years ago

      Really interesting lens... could you write more about your life as a monk?

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Wow, takkhis, what a beautiful Lens about Buddha and Buddhism! I feel a lot of sympathy for this way of living, the peaceful and non judgmental way of feeling and thinking and giving the responsibility to the individual instead of "God". Although I believe there are higher powers we may call God or give it another name.

      What happens when you have reached Nirvana after you die?

      Like suepogson I would love to read more about your time as a monk! And how you live your Buddhist principles in your daily life, things like that. Namst my friend, may peace be with you!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Please write a lens about your time as a monk (if this is permitted). Even though it was a for short time it would be fascinating to read. I love the way you write - you are humble despite your convictions. I cant imagine why anyone would be angry with what you write (you imply there has been some adverse reaction) even if they didn't agree with everything. I loved reading this. Thank you.

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      Another great lens, I really love reading your lenses, and I keep learning things from them, I never knew that every male Buddhist has to be monk at least once in a life.

      I really loved the Buddah Quotes, this is one of my favorites "Neither mother, father, nor any other relative can do one greater good than one's own well-directed mind"

      Thank you so much takkhis for sharing this great and wonderful lens, I really enjoyed reading it :D

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      k4shmir 4 years ago

      nice lens. thanks for sharing

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      Thank you very much for this interesting and informative lens! I really enjoyed reading it and could learn new things! Keep going, you are doing a great job...

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      Very good lens about great saint budha. His teachings are really his blessings.

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      lagunatic lm 4 years ago

      This is wonderful! I believe Buddha's teachings cross all religious and cultural boundaries because it teaches how to live a happy and peaceful life!

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Love your lens. So true are his teachings. Buddha did know the path to God