Renowned mindfulness meditation teacher and best-selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at UCSD Medical Center on the topic of “Coming to Our Senses”, which is also the name of his new book, subtitled “Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness”. A pioneer in the application of ancient Buddhist practices to healing in modern medical settings, Kabat-Zinn expounds upon the value of “resting in awareness” not only to facilitate clarity in ourselves, but also as a means of relating to and healing the “dis-ease” in politics, society and the world. Series: “Health Sciences Journal” [11/1999] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 9375]
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Rev. 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.
In 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.
For Sikhs, it is the Dastar Bandhi Ceremony (Turban Tying) -
Usually, when a Sikh boy reaches a certain age, usually 11 to 16, a turban ceremony is performed for the child. This ceremony can be held at the Gurdwara or at any place where the Guru Granth Sahib is installed.
At this ceremony, Ardas is recited and then the child’s first turban is ceremonially tied on by the Granthi, or a Sikh elderly person. This ceremonly designates the respect with which the turban is regarded. Moreover, this ceremony is usually attended by family members, and friends.
Buddhism does not have a coming of age ceremony as such.
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
Buddhism is against greed, for peace and happiness now. Buddhism isn’t for killing and colonizing other peoples.
Now, why is Buddhism so much better than Western religion?
Far more violence/wrong on this world was done in the name of any Western religion compared to Buddhism!
the morals and ideals are totally different from most western religions. The funny thing is, Judeism, Christianity and Islam all stem from the same thing at the end of the day.
I think Buddhism is more relivant in the world of today than it ever has been.