Rebirth

As long as this Kammic force exists there is re-birth, for beings are merely the visible manifestation of this invisible Kammic force. Death is nothing but the temporary end of this temporary phenomenon. It is not the complete annihilation of this so-called being. The organic life has ceased, but the Kammic force which hitherto actuated it has not been destroyed. As the Kammic force remains entirely undisturbed by the disintegration of the fleeting body, the passing away of the present dying...

Is it a Religion

It is neither a religion in the sense in which that word is commonly understood, for it is not a system of faith and worship owing any allegiance to a supernatural being. Buddhism does not demand blind faith from its adherents. Here mere belief is dethroned and is substituted by confidence based on knowledge, which, in Pali, is known as Saddha. The confidence placed by a follower on the Buddha is like that of a sick person in a noted physician, or a student in his teacher. A Buddhist seeks...

Appendix

Concentration on Respiration Anapana Sati Anapana Sati is mindfulness on respiration. Ana means inhalation and Apana exhalation. Concentration on the breathing process leads to one-pointedness of the mind and ultimately to Insight which enables one to attain Sainthood or Arhatship. The Buddha also practiced concentration on respiration before He attained Enlightenment. This harmless concentration may be practiced by any person irrespective of religious beliefs. Adopting a convenient posture,...

The Dhamma Is it a Philosophy

The non-aggressive, moral and philosophical system expounded by the Buddha, which demands no blind faith from its adherents, expounds no dogmatic creeds, encourages no superstitious rites and ceremonies, but advocates a golden mean that guides a disciple through pure living and pure thinking to the gain of supreme wisdom and deliverance from all evil, is called the Dhamma and is popularly known as Buddhism. The all-merciful Buddha has passed away, but the sublime Dhamma which He unreservedly...

Goodwill and wisdom mind by method trained The highest conduct on good morals based This maketh mortals pure not rank

Huxley states -- Buddhism is a system which knows no God in the Western sense, which denies a soul to man, which counts the belief in immortality a blunder, which refuses any efficacy to prayer and sacrifice, which bids men to look to nothing but their own efforts for salvation, which in its original purity knew nothing of vows of obedience and never sought the aid of the secular arm yet spread over a considerable moiety of the world with marvelous rapidity -- and is still the dominant...

If we are to assume that anybody has designedly set this wonderful universe going it is perfectly clear to me that he

If this being (God) is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and every human feeling and aspiration is also his work how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an Almighty Being. In giving out punishments and rewards, he would to a certain extent be passing judgement on himself. How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to him. According to the theological principles...

Avihimsa Harmlessness or compassion which is opposed to cruelty and callousness

Right Thoughts lead to Right Speech, the third factor. This includes abstinence from falsehood, slandering, harsh words, and frivolous talk. 4. Right Speech must be followed by Right Action which comprises abstinence from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. 5. Purifying his thoughts, words and deeds at the outset, the spiritual pilgrim tries to purify his livelihood by refraining from the five kinds of trade which are forbidden to a lay-disciple. They are trading in arms, human beings,...

Wisdom pahha Right Understanding Right Thoughts

Morality (sila) is the first stage on this path to Nibbana. Without killing or causing injury to any living creature, man should be kind and compassionate towards all, even to the tiniest creature that crawls at his feet. Refraining from stealing, he should be upright and honest in all his dealings. Abstaining from sexual misconduct which debases the exalted nature of man, he should be pure. Shunning false speech, he should be truthful. Avoiding pernicious drinks that promote heedlessness, he...

In a Nutshell

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Sri Radhakrishnan

In Buddhism there is not, as in most other religions, an Almighty God to be obeyed and feared. The Buddha does not believe in a cosmic potentate, omniscient and omnipresent. In Buddhism there are no divine revelations or divine messengers. A Buddhist is , therefore, not subservient to any higher supernatural power which controls his destinies and which arbitrarily rewards and punishes. Since Buddhists do not believe in revelations of a divine being Buddhism does not claim the monopoly of truth...

My mind is pure and clean Like a polished mirror is my stainless mind

As a clean and empty vessel is filled with pure water I now fill my clean heart and pure mind with peaceful and sublime thoughts of boundless loving-kindness over-flowing compassion, sympathetic joy and perfect equanimity. I have now washed my mind and heart of anger, ill will, cruelty, violence, jealousy, envy, passion and aversion. May I be free from suffering, disease, grief, worry and anger May I be strong, self-confident, healthy and peaceful Now I charge every particle of my system, from...

Cariya Pitaka Modes of Conduct

The Abhidhamma Pitaka is the most important and the most interesting of the three, containing as it does the profound philosophy of the Buddha's Teaching in contrast to the illuminating and simpler discourses in the Sutta Pitaka. In the Sutta Pitaka is found the conventional teaching vohara desana while in the Abhidhamma Pitaka is found the ultimate teaching paramattha-desana . To the wise, Abhidhamma is an indispensable guide to the spiritually evolved, an intellectual treat and to research...