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Definition of Buddhism


  1. The religion based upon the doctrine originally taught by the Hindoo sage Gautama Siddartha, surnamed Buddha, "the awakened or enlightened," in the sixth century b. c., and adopted as a religion by the greater part of the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Asia and the Indian Islands. Buddha's teaching is believed to have been atheistic; yet it was characterized by elevated humanity and morality. It presents release from existence (a beatific enfranchisement, Nirvana) as the greatest good. Buddhists believe in transmigration of souls through all phases and forms of life. Their number was estimated in 1881 at 470,000,000.

Buddhism Quotations

Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
Dalai Lama

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.
Alan Watts

Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things - he didn't just command them to believe.
Dalai Lama

There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt. And, of course, there are Christian monks and nuns who already use Buddhist methods in order to develop their devotion, compassion, and ability to forgive.
Dalai Lama

When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma, some past connection.
Richard Gere
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Buddhism Translations

buddhism in Afrikaans is Boeddhisme
buddhism in Dutch is boeddhisme
buddhism in Spanish is budismo
buddhism in Swedish is buddism
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