What is the Buddhism religion all about?

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I m interested in knowing the Buddhism religion.

Answer by Monkey0
Wikipedia take:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
‘Official’ website:
http://www.buddhanet.net/
A summary explanation:
http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm

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  1. As quoted from Wikipedia:

    Two major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada (“The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana (“The Great Vehicle”). Theravada, the oldest surviving, has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, whilst Mahayana, which is found throughout East Asia, includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, Tendai and Shinnyo-en. In some classifications, a third branch, Vajrayana, is recognized, although many see this as an offshoot of the Mahayana. Other movements have appeared in recent times, sometimes classified as Buddhist modernism.

    As for how they differ, I’ll let each members of each school explain as there are so many variations that I risk stepping on someone’s toes. I’ll explain my own take on Zen but keep in mind that Zen cannot be absolutely explained in words so this is just relative to my own perspective:
    When Buddha reached enlightenment, he realized that what he learned is so simple yet so complicated to teach to the normal person. What he learned through enlightenment is Zen and unfortunately, that experience itself is hard to explain in words because an experience is an experience and words are words. You might get a word (theoretical understanding) enlightenment but not an enlightenment experience. However, everything is one so as long as you have one type of enlightenment, you will eventually have a full enlightenment experience. Buddha intelligently realize this and thus, devised a system consisting of rituals, theory and ultimately, Zen.
    This religious system is a way of passing on his knowledge and it can be metaphorically compared to the question, “What is a watermelon?”. The first answer is, “A watermelon is what you get when you plant a watermelon seed, water it, fertilize it, wait for it to grow into a watermelon plant and produce a fruit, called a watermelon”. This is what rituals do for us. They give us something to do to keep our mind focused.
    The second answer is, “A watermelon is a fruit that is light green in color with darker green colored stripes”. This is what theory does for us. It allows us to understand why we planted the watermelon seed in the first place. It is usually in the form of the written or spoken word. The followers of Buddhism, and most other religions for that matter, usually end up stuck at this level. From following a religion, we know how to grow a watermelon and what a watermelon is – how to worship God and what God is.
    The major difference with Buddhism compared to other popular religions is that it does not portray God as a person. Instead, we are all one with the Universe, which is the concept of God in Buddhism. In other words, we are all part of God. This is known as Pantheism. Buddha found this to be an extremely complicated concept to get across to the layperson. The general layperson would rather believe in a separate God whom he or she can rely on. Thus, Buddha taught the first two steps above to his disciples but many came to worship him as God. Fortunately, unlike other religions, he still manage to get the message across that he is not God. Buddha had one notable follower, Mahakasyapa, learned how to transcend the first two stages to understand Zen.
    So, what exactly is Zen Buddhism? It is the highest and lowest level of Buddhism. Simply put, it’s a paradox so it cannot be explained in words. Metaphorically speaking, it’s tantamount to the third answer, “To know what a watermelon is, you simply have to eat it!” The experience of eating a watermelon is what Zen is. It’s very simple really – we forget all the theory and rituals. We just have to appreciate every single moment as it is. After all, everything around us is God. We respect and accept every single thing without our mind pre-judging it and giving it a name, considering it right or wrong, good or bad, hot or cold, something or nothing. How can we perceive one without the other? Everything is one so no matter what happens to us, we just accept without having to suffer mentally. We do not fight with nature and with the current moment but we blend in harmony with them.
    Strangely enough, this is the original philosophy of martial arts. If anybody fights with us, we do not fight them back but we neutralize the attack, never letting our emotions sway us to get angry with our opponent but just reacting to the moment, which is the attack that we are facing. After the fight, our opponent deserves respect for he is also part of God.
    Reaching the highest attainment in Zen means that we are no longer attached to the human world – we accept our death any moment thus martial artists practice Zen. One is then able to blend in with society without suffering mentally. All followers of religions should strive to attain this level but many don’t, preferring instead to get caught up in the pettiness of life and suffering because of it. It is important to note that being detached here does not mean that one is cold and emotionless. It simply means that one is not controlled by emotions and our noisy monkey mind. Our emotions would come and go but we will not be suffering because of them. Everything in this world is perfect as it is.
    In order to unite mankind, there needs something to be united against. Buddhism does see things as separate so there is nothing to unite against. In other words, the world is perfect as it is. That’s why true Buddhists do not actively go out and try to convert people or impose their views on others. Some people even see Buddhism as selfish because it is about controlling our self through our mind, and thus Buddhism does not promote “multilevel marketing” like schemes to help people. By helping our self first, we are then able to help others. If people were to ask for help from Buddhism, they are taught how to help themselves. Why? Because teaching a person to fish is better than giving him or her a fish. Unfortunately, most people would rather be given a fish. They do not see how changing their perspective to see the world as perfect would do them any good. One of the major reasons for this is that they cannot see their self being extended to cover more than their body alone but to those of all others. We see this in a limited fashion when we fall in love with someone and see him or her as being part of us. We should extend this love to all so it becomes compassion for all.
    For political purpose, most people in the higher hierarchy of society would not agree with this. How would you get anyone to do what you want them to do if the world is already perfect? This is also the reason why concepts like Zen is not mainstream. Many people have come up with their own interpretation of Zen because it cannot be explained in words. One easy way to know if we are on the right path is to have Great Doubt and to be always willing to accept the viewpoint of others. There are many paths but all lead to the top of the mountain. However, some are just less efficient at getting there. Have a beginner’s mind that is always willing to learn and never shut out the impossible so that we would always be on a more efficient path sooner.

  2. No one can explain it in one. You should look it up on the internet, i think wikipedia has a lot of information on it. If you want to get the idea of what Buddhists in the real world are like join a forum like New Buddhist.com it welcomes people even if they aren’t Buddhists and just want to learn about it. It’s very friendly, I’m a member ;o)
    P.S.
    Buddha,
    the Buddha was actualy skinny, at first he almost died of starvation but he found the middle way, he didn’t eat to much or two little. There have been many Buddhas, and one well known Buddha is the fat Buddha we more commonly see, but THE Buddha wasn’t fat ;o)
    Lyndsey

  3. Ultimate enlightenment, return and revert back to the utmost original awareness. Whatever things to do are to build up the requirements to reach this.

  4. i worship all god and the buddhism god gautama budha
    budha ji’s real name was sidharth he was a prince but he was not knowing about disease and death when he became young he saw a man dieing in the crowd then he came to know about death he left the kingdom and the tapasya or deeply thinking closed eyes and for the good for the humans tapasya means leave all the things u love like money as he left his kingdom his wife ,money ,his son etc everything for the good of human in tapasya he has gone in the stage requiring less food only one grain less air and disease free. after 1000 year he got pran mukti or moksha it means he will not take birth again and he became god this is the buddhism relegion today monks do the tapasya and worship gautama budha
    i have told u this in very short if u read the book on it u can find a lot of things
    i’m from india i have read the full book on gautam budha

  5. Buddhism is a religion and a philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha (Pali/Sanskrit “the awakened one”). The Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He is recognized by adherents as an awakened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering, achieve nirvana, and escape what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth. Buddhism is traditionally conceived as a path of liberation attained through insight into the ultimate nature of reality.

  6. The best religion in the world is islam 🙂
    i know all the other religion but i believe islam is da best religion in the world billions of muslim in da world so i didnt see any other religion practicing but islam does 🙂

  7. I don’t know. People on here seem to assume that I’m a Bhuddist because of my avatar but I’m not. I chose it because I believe myself to be wise and I have a fat belly. I know a little bit about it. They don’t believe in a deity and believe in reincarnation but that is about the extent of my knowledge.

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