Why India and its surrounding became less Buddhists althou it was the origin of Buddha’s history?


because the hindhu belief has been there longer than buddhism and some still practice both today and if you look at there history you will see why hindhuism is becoming less popular and why buddhist dont want anything to do with it anymore

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Origin of the Supreme Four Elements 8/8 N

2 Origin of the Supreme Four Elements 8/8 NGOD
Origin of the Supreme Four Elements
Earth, Water, Fire, Air

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Schopenhauer, Buddhism and the Origins of Existentialism

2 Schopenhauer, Buddhism and the Origins of ExistentialismRev. Dr. James Kenneth Powell II, opensourcebuddhism.org This piece investigates the self-identified Buddhism of Artur Schopenhauer. Some will say he is Kantian, this piece credits him with such a break from Idealism as to constitute the beginning of Existentialism. Some will see this with Kierkegaard or Dostoyevsky. We see his emphasis on the individual via his understanding (and misunderstanding!) of Buddhism as the true origin of Existentialist thought.

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History series – Buddhism, Origins and interaction with Greek philosophy

2 History series   Buddhism, Origins and interaction with Greek philosophyIn India in the 6th century BC, Sakyamuni, “a wise man of the Sakya tribe”, had been meditating under a tree when, suddenly, he was struck with the comprehension of all things. He became Buddha, meaning the « Illuminated ». His message, based on a pragmatic philosophy, taught how to free oneself from all needs in order to achieve illumination. After the death of the Enlightened One, his disciples a few monks began to spread his teachings all over India, from Ceylon to the Himalayan.

Fearing mans penchant for idol worship, Buddha expressly forbade that his image should be represented in whatever form. Therefore, the Indian philosophers told his life story without ever showing in any form other than that of a simple lotus, a tree or a horse without a rider. The Buddhist missionaries began to build monasteries they discovered that the local population was a mix of settlers from Greece, Egypt and Antioch as well as descendants from Alexanders soldiers.

Influenced by Greek sculpture, Buddhism began to represent the Enlightened One in a Hellenised form. The Buddhist philosophy became less abstract and was better understood and henceforth widely adopted. Buddhism is a blend of spirit and culture which is unique in the history of mankind it achieved the successful encounter of East and West.

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Where did Buddhist Meditation come from?

Does anyone know its history? origins?

not buddhism, buddhist MEDITATION

Before Lord Buddha discovered The Dharma His childhood was Hindu He spent six years studying and practising with various Hindu ascetics and it would be fair to presume it was these Teachers who would have taught Him meditation He then went off on His own and it is well documented it was during His time meditating under a Bodhi tree he became "Awake"
So the credit must go to the Hindu Tradition for this
Interestingly Lord Buddha wasn’t the first Buddha of this world time period There were three others before Him and it is claimed There will be one thousand Buddhas who will visit this world before our sun goes Supernova It begs the question Who taught the the previous Buddhas
It’s a real dilemma that’s difficult to fully answer
I’m not a real fan of Wiki but there is a reasonable explanation regarding the various forms of meditation You may find helpful but like others I am unable to answer your question as fully as I would have liked

http://en.wikipedeia.org/wiki/Buddhist_meditation

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Jayamangala Gatha: Proud to be a Buddhist

2 Jayamangala Gatha: Proud to be a BuddhistJayamangala Gatha: Stanzas of Victory
The recital of the Jayamangala Gatha, a set of eight benedictory stanzas extolling the virtues of the Buddha, is usually done on important occasions or when inaugurating any venture of significance. The contents of the stanzas, when recited clearly, are intended to bring happiness and success in all good endeavours we embark upon. These verses have come to be called “The Stanzas of Victory” or Jayamangala Gatha. A unique feature that concludes each verse is the line “By virtue of this, may joyous victory be yours.” These stanzas are regarded as efficacious because they relate to eight occasions, each based on beautiful story, where the Buddha triumphed over his powerful opponents by the sheer power of good.

Through these verses, one will realize that true victory is JOY; where none is left dejected or in pain. Each time the Buddha triumph over His adversaries, He left them with realizations and awe over the pure powers of generosity, patience, self control, loving kindness, serenity, peace, truthfulness and other virtues. The vanguished never leaves without lamp of wisdom being lighted; ensuring them greater happiness.

While the origin of these stanzas is shrouded in mystery, it can be stated with certainty that they were compose in Sri Lanka by a devout Buddhist poet.
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These photos were taken by Sakal M.P. Kim and Jendhamuni Sos at Wat Promrat and Wat Bo, SiemRiep and in Battambang, Phnom Penh, Kampong Speu, Kingdom of Cambodia, in June of 2008.
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Jayamangala Gatha, Stanzas of Victory, by Messengers of Dharma (M.O.D.). This CD is donated to me by my youtube friend from Malasia (I’m so sorry I couldn’t remember your screen name).

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Christians do you realize that when jesus spoke on the mount he was talking about buddhism?

a lot of people don’t know this or even realize this but a lot of Jesus teachings are buddhist in origin and that he also studied Hinduism as well.

The brainwashed people scare at the mere thought of it.

Sad yet true.

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BUDDHA*S ❤☀ ENLIGHTENMENT

2 BUDDHA*S ❤☀ ENLIGHTENMENT❤☀HOMAGE TO SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
Visual Dharma : BUDDHA*S ENLIGHTENMENT is published for the wellfare of all beings. All Visual Dharmas contain sacred images and symbols; they are empowered with the Sound of Dharmata & must be treated with respect. To embed & sponsor preparation of Visual Dharmas means to perform 1. enlightened Activity as taught by the Buddhas. To embed this Visual Dharma to your web site brings enlightened Energy & Blessings. Here we teach about outer,inner & secret meaning of Lord Buddha`s Enlightenment.
The complete Enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha beneath the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya is beyond limitations of space & time : it is pervading all outside phenomena like landscapes with rivers & mountains,all continents and planets. It is also pervading all inside phenomena : our five aggregates and five elements, transforming & liberating them into mandala of the Wisdom deities.
Bodhgaya`s Vajra/Diamond Seat where Lord Buddha accomplished supreme Enlightenment is very sacred Buddhist place. According to Nyingma Atiyoga/Dzogchen tantra entitled Penetration of Sound (Tib. Dra Thal Gyur) there is invisible Vajra Scepter in the space above the Vajrasana. And there are many profound secret Treasures still hidden at Bodhgaya. In this sense is Bodhgaya the supreme Axis mundi or cardinal point of our planet. Every being should pray with amaranthine faith to Buddha Shakyamuni. As it is written in the Offering Praise of the White Sail by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche : All beings endless karmic defilements are purified by just seeing the perfection of your pearl rosary smile. The murky swamp of samsara is cleansed by the flowing crystal waves of your pristine treasure river of knowledge. Most kind of kind Buddhas, our Guide in this degenerate age, Buddha Shakyamuni, I , one named Jewel of Activity, with amaranthine faith, offer ornaments to adorn you. Please illuminate the radiant wisdom spirit of my precious Buddha nature… When we pray like this with deep devotion we replace Rinpoche`s name with our name. In Mahaparinirvana sutra Lord Buddha prophecied to reappear in this saha world again as Lotus-born Guru Padmasambhava. For the continuation of Buddha`s most precious Dharmas in third millenium all Buddhists around the world must behave according to Buddhist ethics : according to Pratimoksha vows of individual liberation of the Theravada school, according to the Bodhisattva vows of the Mahayana schools, according to Root & secondary tantric vows of the Vajrayana schools and according to Four great samayas of Atiyoga/Dzogchen lineages. At Bodhgaya many sublime Dharma practitioners renewed their Vows and became VEGETARIANS. Many pilgrims of other spiritual paths decided at Bodhgaya to GO IN THE SAVE DIRECTION :to go for Refuge to the Buddha,His Teachings and His Sangha-community of virtuous Friends. With Buddhist ethic we can understand that each set of Vows support the other and is natural continuation of the other. There is no contradiction between them. In OBF International we don´t think that there are two or more Sanghas : monastic & non-monastic. True Sangha is only One: the Sangha of the Buddha. In OBF monastics are not more important as non-monastics. In Brahma Net Sutra it is said: THE PRECEPTS ARE LIKE RADIANT SUN & MOON, LIKE A SHINING NECKLACE OF GEMS: BODHISATTVAS AS NUMEROUUS AS MOTES OF DUST UPHOLD THEM AND ATTAIN BUDDHAHOOD.
May Lord Buddha`s Teachings shine with unimpeded continuity until samsara is emptied. May all beings swiftly accomplish innate Buddha nature.
RELATED VISUAL DHARMAS :* White sail- Offering Praise part 1,2 ; *Pada: self-arisen Footprints in the rock; *Nyingma Vajrayana Buddhism
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY : 1.Brahma Net Sutra- Moral Code of the Bodhisattvas : Sutra transl. committee of US & Canada 1998 2. Nyingma school by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche II. Wisdom Publ. USA 1991 Part 1 The Origin of the Precious Teachings of the Conqueror in this World pg. 410 onwards 3. The Seeker`s glossary of Buddhism Sutra transl. committee of US & Canada 1998 reprinted for free distribution by Buddha Edu. Foundation, Taiwan, 800 pages! 4. Dr.Ambedkar: The Buddha & His Dhamma, Buddha Bhoomi Publ. India 1997
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3.What does the Stupa/Peace pagoda symbolise ?
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Bibliographies of researchers & writers online www.izum.si/cobiss 90321 H.E. Lama Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche 1.03 short scientific article § 90352 ven. Mangala Konchok Norbu 2.18 scientific film/video recording § SARWA MANGALAM
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What is the most probable soul-origin of a serial killer in the Buddhist paradigm?

Based on Karma, it is possible to evolve into any state.A very evil person may become that way over lifetimes as a choice to follow the dark and not-understandable to humans,side of reality.Does such a person come up from hell?Do they come from absolute void,having no soul?Are they a misguided alien soul of somekind, some type of demonic force that choses human birth?I think they are a type of demon that kicks the human soul out to kill,due to perhaps a very long time of being driven insane in some type of purgatory,or mediatory, perhaps hellish state.I wonder what Padmasambhava or Siddhartha would have to say about it.

In Analogy it is like this. If a vessel that one bought has a hairline crack, and you put water in it. The vessel crack further and leaks, is it the fault of the water? If the water becomes stagnant for whatever reason could be the steam was blocked then the water was neglected and unattended, over time the water starts to silt and diseases starts to form and thrive in the water and becomes filthy. A person out of thirst for truth drinks from it being the only source of water becomes sick from it, is it the fault of the water?

The truth is it is nobody’s fault, everything comes into manifestation as the moments unfold. Fault finding makes "wrong", owners of somebody when everybody should be part of the unskillful act. Sure killing is forbidden in any faith, simply because taking life deprives the other chance and moments wherein such person could do better out of his current life and learn from the mistakes as unskillful act and be more skillful in cultivating his own Enlightenment. We are the masters of our Karma, but there is Karma in collective sense which affects everyone and everything around us.

Buddhist do not dwell on the wrongs and the origin of such and such deeds, but rather encourage followers to focus on the moments by being mindful of things said, think and do. Of course you can not do everything in ever second but by focusing and channeling your energy and effort to something good helps create something good simply by having good caring, and compassionate thought.

We can not undo the past so there is no past to speak off. Future continue to unfold to past so there is not real Future. Present is in flux towards past, so there is no real present. All we have are but moments, make every moments that you have an opportunity to do good, not for the glory of the beneficiary but for the happiness it gives you. Making sense on things that are so simple yet made huge impact towards the lives you have touched. Buddha never dwell on the issue of evil since doing so drags one to be one, but rather focus on seeing the goodness in everyone. The Buddha Seed that is in all creature big and small. Like a mother that loves his only son, she would protect him from harms way, so does all Buddha’s followers be in order to grow a meaningful and compassionate heart.

This is not to misconstrued that a Serial Killer should go unpunished but rather all means of compassion should be given, after all Karma is karma, past in manifestation. Soon he will reap his and in hope that it will one day lead towards his own Enlightenment. Darkness is Darkness, Suffering is at it is, if we cast Light and Compassion will it not cut through them?

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Water Buddha – Zen Bamboo Flute (Shakuhachi)

2 Water Buddha   Zen Bamboo Flute (Shakuhachi)The Spirit of Shakuhachi – Debbie Danbrook

Debbie Danbrook’s Official Website

http://www.healingmusic.com/

Debbie Danbrook is a performer, composer and recording artist who comes from the renowned Watazumi-Do line of Shakuhachi Masters. Danbrook is carrying on the tradition passed on to her in Japan by Tadishi Tajima with the teaching of the first Shakuhachi Master class at the university of Toronto. Danbrook specializes in the healing properties of music. The shakuhachi’s revitalizing and powerful sound vibrations lead to a relaxed meditative state where healing can take place for both the player and the listener. Danbrook has released eleven CD’s and performs concerts and presents workshops throughout North America and Japan.

A Brief History of the Shakuhachi
by David J. Duncavage

http://www.emptybell.org/shakuhachi.html

Shakuhachi Master David Duncavage studied with Ronnie Seldin in America and Yoshio Kurahashi in
Japan. David was Robert Jonas’ first Sui Zen teacher.

The shakuhachi is an end-blown bamboo flute varying from 1.3 to over 3 feet in length. It came into Japan from China at the end of the 7th century. From this period until as late as the 12th century it was used in gagaku (court music). Little is known of the music that was played on the shakuhachi at this time, although there are some flutes from this period preserved at Shoso-In in Nara, Japan. These flutes have 6 finger holes, and were made from thin walled bamboo.

During the period between the 12th and 16th centuries, the shakuhachi is reported to have been played by a wide range of people, including: mendicant monks, the Emperor Go-Komatsu (1408), and the famous Rinzai Zen Master Ikkyu of Daitoku-ji in northern Kyoto (1394-1482). This shakuhachi was later referred to as the hitoyogiri to distinguish it from the longer, heavier, and bigger bore flutes that the mendicant monks eventually developed. These mendicant monks were later called komosô (straw mat monk), a name descriptive of their life of homeless poverty. Their numbers gradually increased, due in large part to an influx of rônin (lordless samurai) who grew in number during the period of civil wars (15-16th centuries), and especially after the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, solidified his rule over Japan in the early 17th century.

It was during the rigid, but peaceful order of Tokugawa rule known as the Edo Period, that the komosô banded together and formed a formal religious sect claiming ties back to Fuke, an eccentric Chinese Zen monk who lived during the 9th century. The government went along with the story and the Fuke sect was established in 1614 as a branch of Rinzai Zen. At this time the komosô changed their name to komusô (monks of empty nothingness), and through a special arrangement with the government, won the sole right to solicit alms by playing the shakuhachi . During this period the shakuhachi began to be made from the root section of bamboo. This method of construction greatly improved the acoustic properties of the flute as well as making it a suitable means for self-defense while on solitary pilgrimages.

The special relationship between the Fuke sect and the Tokugawa government led to the sect’s dissolution in 1871 following the government’s collapse during the Meiji Restoration begun in 1868. Fuke shakuhachi went underground only to surface in 1883 in the establishment of the Myoan Society at the Fuke Temple, Myoan-ji, in the old capital city of Kyoto. This society and its many players are responsible for the transmission of the Fuke shakuhachi tradition to this very day.

Komuso Sprituality

The komusô played the shakuhachi in conjunction with the practice of zazen (sitting zen) and called this suizen (blowing zen). Playing the shakuhachi was a form of sutra chanting in the Fuke Temples. As such, the shakuhachi was not considered a musical instrument but a religious tool. What resulted from this practice was a large body of music called honkyoku (original music). In the purest honkyoku, primary attention is given to each breath-sound rather than to various musical elements like melodic progression. The komusô centered their practice of shakuhachi on developing what they called their kisoku (spiritual breath) to such a degree that they would enter the state of tettei on (absolute sound) with the bamboo and everything else. Their aim was to experience enlightenment through the shakuhachi . This goal is perhaps best expressed in a komusô saying, Ichion Jobutsu: Become a Buddha in one sound.

Although there are a number of common honkyoku, many still exist which have characteristics peculiar to the Temple of origin. Regardless, however, of what Temple a honkyoku comes from, they are all a testament of the komusô ‘s search to blow that one sound which would lead the monk, and those listening, they believed, to enlightenment.

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