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Buddha Jayanti 2020: Teaching's of Buddha | Buddhist Council |Causes of Decline

Buddha Jayanti 2020: Buddha taught the first Wheel of Dharma and explains how to attain liberation from suffering for oneself alone. Let us read in detail about Buddhism, teaching's of Buddha, how it spread and its contribution to the Indian culture.
May 7, 2020 11:04 IST
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Buddha Jayanti 2020: Buddhism was atheistic in nature and accompanied by cosmic rise and fall. It never questioned the existence of God but believe that there is nothing like a supernatural of different form. That is Buddhists don't believe in a personal god. They believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and change is always possible. The Enlightenment path is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom.

Gautam Buddha 

1. He was born in Lumbi near Kavilvastu which is now in Nepal.

2. He belongs to the Sakya clan. Suddodhana was his father and Mayadevi was a mother.

3. Prajapati Gautami was his foster mother who brought him up after his mother’s death.

4. He married to Yasodhara at the age of 16. Rahul was his son.

5. Three incidents compelled him away from worldly life. I.e. an Old Man; a Diseased Man; a Corpse; and an Ascetic.

6. He left home in search of ‘Truth’ at the age of twenty-nine but his seven years of wandering hadn’t given fruitful result.

7. At the age of 35, he got enlightenment under a ‘Bodhi Tree’ after intense penance which called ‘Nirvana’.

8. He delivered his first sermon at Sarnath.

9. He died at Kushinagar when he was at the age of eighty.

10. Sariputta, Moggallanna, Ananda, Kassapa and Upali was the disciples of Buddha.

11. Prasenjit of Kosala, Bimbisara & Ajatasatru of Magadha accepted the Jainism.

Buddhist Mudras, Hand gestures and their meaning

Teaching of Buddha

Buddhism was essentially a congregational religion and the reason for human misery is ignorance- a sort of cosmic ignorance which leads to the delusion of selfhood.

1. Four Noble Truths of Buddha: World is full of suffering; desire causes suffering; getting rid of desire; suffering will be removed; Eightfold path will help to win over desire.

2. Eightfold Path consists of right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.

3. Condition of Human in their life depends upon their own deeds. Hence, he advocates the law of Karma.

4. He laid great emphasis on the code of practical ethics and the principle of social equality.

Spread of Buddhism

1. Monks (Bhikshus) and Lay worshipers (Upasikas) were two types of disciples of Buddha.

2. Sariputta, Moggallana and Ananda were important monks of Buddhism.

3. Mauryan Emperor Asoka embraced Buddhism after the death of Buddha.

Buddhist Council

1. First Buddhist Council held at Rajgir immediately after the death of Buddha presided by Mahakasapa for the purpose to maintain the purity of the teaching of Buddha.

2. Second Buddhist Council was held at Vaishali.

3. Third Council was held at Patliputra under the patronage of Asoka and presided by Moggaliputta Tissa. The final version of Tripitaka's was completed in this council.

4. Fourth Council was held at Kashmir by Kanishka under the Chairmanship of Vasumitra. Mahayana Buddhism came into existence in this council.

After the Fourth Buddhist Council, other small Buddhist Council were held.

Reason for the decline of Buddhism

1. The revival of Brahmanism and the rise of Bhagavatism led to the decline of popularity.

2. Birth of Mahayana started idol worship which was not propagated by Buddha that deteriorated the moral standards of Buddhism.

3. Invasions of Huns (5th & 6th century) and Turkish (12th century) resultant the mass destructions of monasteries. 

Contribution of Buddhism to Indian Culture

1. The concept of Ahimsa which became one of the cherished values of our nation.

2. The architectural concept of stupas, monasteries, chaityas and viharas was notable. For example- Stupas of Sanchi, Bharhut and Gaya.

3. Promoted education through residential universities like Nalanda, Taxila and Vikramshila.

4. Development of languages like Pali and Prakrit

Summary on Jainism: Teaching of Mahavira | Spread of Jainism

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