Buddhism is not about worshipping certain God or Goddesses; actually, it’s all about obtaining inner peace and satisfaction. The main purpose of Buddha was simply to show mankind how to avoid chaos and live in harmony with all living creatures. Buddhism is a middle way practice, an equilibrium between self-denial and over-indulgence. Buddhism enables people to look at life with a new perspective and stop blaming God, the universe, and others for their plight. Humans are the creators of their own worlds. Once we realize this great truth, life becomes a joyful journey. Buddha introduced the Eight-Fold Path and the Ten Precepts, as well as the Four Noble Truths. Monks following the pathway must practice all the precepts, the lay Buddhist (if he is to be called Buddhist) is expected to follow the five main precepts.
Buddhist philosophy is based on the basic idea of cause and effect, the rule of Karma. According to this law, every intention thought and action has its equal result and consequence. The philosophy is invested towards doing good to others. From good deeds come good results. Calm mind and kindness is the true source for the tranquillity of mind which no objects or luxury can give. Disciplined life leads down the path of spirituality in human life – self-realization, or what the Buddhists call Nirvana.
The Buddhist philosophy depends upon three jewels, four Noble truths, the eightfold path and the five Percepts. The first three principles are pursued by those who either adopt a monastic life or are involved in a deep philosophical interpretation of Buddhism.
- Life is suffering: Disease, death and emotional pain are inevitable.
- Attachment causes suffering: happiness gained from materials or from others are temporary and it causes suffering.
- To cure suffering, free yourself from attachment.
The eightfold path of Buddhism shows the way out of suffering: The Buddha taught practical ways to end suffering through eight pursuits and all those are based on self-control – right speech, right action, right livelihood, right concentration, right view, right intention, right mindfulness, and right effort.
Buddhist philosophy is really important for world peace. The mantras and philosophy are valid and useful in everyone’s life not only for Buddhist. The spiritual knowledge one gets from the books or any sources available on the internet will certainly enlighten them in many ways. In today’s modern world everyone is after success, happiness and luxury and when they don’t get what they desire it destroys their mental peace. In such chaos and hurdles, Buddhism is that discipline which creates inner peace and self-realization among people. If every member in a family is mentally disturbed and unsatisfied with their life it’s sure that the members will get into fights and create more family problems. But, this won’t happen in a family where even one member is spiritually enlightened and aware. The thought process of every individual makes a great difference. So, take the world as the family and Buddhist philosophy as the member who is mentally aware.
Buddha was born in Nepal. He is the light of Asia and founder Buddhism. Lord Buddha after his enlightenment period he pervaded his knowledge to many people. He constantly taught for forty-five years. Today Buddhism is a practice all around the world about 535 million people follow this religion and the number of followers is high in Asian countries. Buddhist philosophy is realistic and logical, it has brought a positive impact on people’s lives. Buddhist philosophy has a great role in maintaining world peace and harmony.
By. Sanjana Shrestha