Buddhism is considered as a religion. However, technically speaking, even if it has an estimated 300 million people around the world who are considered as Buddhist, Buddhism is not a religion in the sense that there in no God in Buddhism. Buddha is not a God. But more on that on my next post about Buddha.
Buddhism has its origins about 2,500 to 3,000 years ago when Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was himself got enlightened. Buddha itself means ‘the enlightened one’.
To a lot of Buddhist, Buddhism is a way of life, a kind of philosophy because philosophy means ‘love of wisdom’ and the ultimate of Buddhism is to be truly enlightened with the right wisdom.
Buddhism explains the real purpose of life and also helps you attain it. I know of a lot of Christians who has turn into Buddhism because it answers the basic question as to why people suffer. Buddhism explains why injustice and inequality happens. But more importantly it provides a guide on how to live one’s life that will lead to true happiness.
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There are people who appear to be really good. Outwardly, they seem to care for all sentient beings and their philosophy in life seems to be that communicates love and goodness for all forms of earthlings, human and non – humans alike.
However, no one can really see the intention of a person, so the best judge for this is oneself. Nevertheless, there are some guidelines. How is that person at home? How does this person treat his spouse, children or most specially parents? How does the person treat their subordinates? How does that person treat those around him that may or may not be like him? How does that person treat his superiors? How does that person treat criminals? These are just some of the basic guidelines to see what’s inside a person’s heart.
A person may even think that he or she is really good, but in the end, all of us have to analyze and look within. Are we really good or simply having a subtle ‘holier – than – thou’ attitude?