Buddha Blog - Buddhismus im Alltag

44-English Version - Buddhism for Beginners

December 19, 2021 Shaolin-Rainer Season 1 Episode 44
Buddha Blog - Buddhismus im Alltag
44-English Version - Buddhism for Beginners
Show Notes

Buddha Blog Podcast Episode 44 - English Version

Buddhism in everyday life - Mindfulness in daily life

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If you are a beginner with Buddhism, it will be difficult.

First of all, something very important up front: Buddhism is not a religion , it is a philosophy and worldview. Buddha expressly warned his followers not to worship him, but to strive for personal "ENLIGHTENMENT". That is why you can follow a religion (for example as a Christian, Muslim or Jew), but still be a Buddhist.

Many different teachings have developed from the original philosophy of Buddha, the influence of different cultures has even given rise to completely different types of Buddhism in different regions. Buddhism is lived differently in China than in Thailand or Tibet, other "saints" are the focus, almost everywhere other rituals are used. There is not even agreement on the exact birthday of Buddha. In part, the differences between the teachings are also immanent (comparable to the Catholic and Protestant views in Christianity).

For my part, I follow the pure teaching of the Buddha, as well as the characteristics that his worldview received through Bodhidharma and Hui Neng in the Shaolin Temple in China, the Chan (Zen) Buddhism. Chan (or Zen) originally comes from China (or Japan), see also "A Brief History of Chan (Zen) Buddhism".

Buddhism differs fundamentally from the major religious worldviews  . This is NOT about a belief system, the Buddha's teaching has as its goal no dependence on God or gods, not the bond to a "higher power", in Buddhism no dialogue in a superior and subordinate relationship is required. Buddhism is about the laws of the world order, about reaching the destiny of the human being (the "enlightenment"). Buddhism is just not about faith!

One does not have to believe in "ENLIGHTENMENT", it is not a confession; worship of an almighty Creator is not necessary. Nevertheless, statues are "worshiped" in most Buddhist temples today. Over the centuries the spiritual teacher Buddha slowly turned into a "god", the priorities changed over the centuries, "believers" wanted symbols. In my opinion, the statues of the Buddha are symbols for one's own "I", they serve for inner gathering, they are symbols for the law of cause and effect.

Who was the man who was born as "Siddhartha Gautama" about 2500 years ago and who is followed today by millions of followers around the world as "Buddha"?

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