General and Introductory Materials
Part 9 Non-Christian Religions

Chapter 92 Buddhism

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Summary

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

 

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Bibliography

I have not made any detailed study of Buddhism and consequently there are few notes at this page.  Mr. Paul Cabay has given permission to post a link to his website  http://www.utyx.com/buddhism/ which contains a wealth of information on Buddhism and Buddhism related news, books and web resources.

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Summary

Origins  Buddhism traces its origins to the life of the historical Buddha, born Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in Northeast India about 500 B.C. At age 35, he found the "middle way" -- avoiding the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification -- and was enlightened. The Buddha then spent the rest of his life teaching in the Ganges basin until his death at age 80. While Buddhism eventually died out in its native country, it spread from there throughout Asia, where it is a dominant faith in Southeast Asia, the Himalayan region, and Central and East Asia.

There are an estimated 300 million Buddhists worldwide.

The Four Noble Truths  Buddhist doctrine (dharma) is based on the Four Noble Truths:

The Eightfold Path

[The origin of this summary was taken from the NCR, November 14, 2003  ©The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company, 115 E. Armour Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111.  All right reserved.]

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