Basic Beliefs of Buddhism. One of the amazing statues to see in Bodhgaya, where The Buddha - The Awakened One - attained enlightenment.
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East Meets West: Buddhism is now the fourth largest religion in the world. It has become popular in the West mostly due to the diaspora of the Tibetan people (99% Buddhist) since the invasion of Tibet by communist China in 1959.
Ultimately the most famous Buddhist is His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. To learn about Tibetan Buddhism, click here
Buddhism has at least 375 million followers, and is practiced at every sacred corner of our Earth. It is estimated that China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam (respectively) have the highest number of people with Buddhist beliefs.
Surprisingly, India has only 7 million Buddhists, whereas the tiny country of Cambodia has a Buddhist population of 9 million.
The Three Jewels One of the basic beliefs of Buddhism is what is reverently known as The Triple Gem or The Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Buddha wisely gave a variety of teachings because all sentient beings (beings with consciousness, feeling) have different personalities, inclinations and interests. So, in this same way we each understand these teachings according to our level of mind and disposition. Here I offer a very simple explanation:
The Four Noble Truths are essential Buddhist beliefs that Buddha taught when he Turned the Wheel of Dharma. In order to understand Buddhism beliefs and practices, one must learn and then apply these Four Nobles and Eight Fold Path:
The Eight Fold Path has basic beliefs of Buddhism as follows:
These fundamental Buddhist beliefs are very important today as they were 2,500-plus years ago when The Buddha taught aspirants to study and contemplate them. Also, one of the most basic Buddhism beliefs is the practice of meditation, which is the focus of this 360 healing meditation methods web-site.
The essence of The Three Jewels, The Four Noble Truths and The Eight Fold Path is the same in other sects, or branches of Buddhism, such as: Theravada, Pure Land, Zen, Vajrayana, etc.
Remember the core intent for all Buddhist practitioners is to emerge from the miserable cycle of what we call samsara (suffering) by developing immeasurable love, compassion and wisdom, which are basic beliefs of Buddhism.
One of the Basic Beliefs of Buddhism is:
May all beings be happy!
His Eminence, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
Stainless, Sacred Upholder of The Red Hat Lineage, The Nyingmapas of Tibetan Buddhism. Dzogchen Master of the Vajrayana, The Indestructible Diamond Vehicle passed into parinirvana in June, 2010. He was my life-mentor and spiritual father, and is sorely missed...
May he return swiftly for the sake of all sentient beings!
Best with Blessings, Tashi Delegs!