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About Buddhism Religion

Burma Buddhist follow Theravada Buddhism in a very conservative deep rooted way expressed in thousands of Buddhism pictures plus Buddha temples and pagodas.

Buddhists see it

as a religion, a philosophy or both together. Myanmar Buddhism is a very special kind of Buddhism since most of Myanmar's Buddhist consider Buddhism conservatively according to the canonical scriptures available in Myanmar monasteries, temple and pagodas.

Nothing has much changed in the last thousand years or so. This is not Tibetan Buddhism, rather similar to Buddhism in Thailand. Buddhism symbols are very similar in both countries and other countries in south east Asia but Buddhism is quite similar. Buddhism belief in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia 

and other countries in the region is Theravada Buddhism there is no Mahayana Buddhism or Hinduism Buddhism with the exception of the local Indian community.

The facts are that the origin or basic beliefs is seen in a similar way, but on other subjects are different thinking and ideas. One of the main visual different among countries in south east Asia is how Buddha statues, images and pictures are depicting the Buddha.

They all have quite a different appearance, that includes Chinese Buddha statues and images, probably the most know Buddha in the Chinese version is the laughing Buddha which has no equivalent in Myanmar or Thailand.

Some visual expressions of Buddhism religion is a Buddha statue and sculpture are very often cast in bronze or brass made from marble or masonry and sometimes very special is jade Buddha jewelry. The most valuable are for sure jade Buddha  available usually as pendant gold Buddha's.

Buddha statues are made as indoor and outdoor sculpture and as great Jade Buddha, as reclining Buddha, standing or sitting Buddha, the different positions are called Mudras all this visuals tell more about Buddhism religion a Buddha temple and more.

About Buddhism, facts and more.

This is a popular religion and philosophy that originated thousands of years ago in Asia. The popularity of Buddhism has spread and found followers in many countries. Buddhism has an estimated three hundred million followers and suggest a human projection many people are interested in learning about, some don't know where to start. Facts about Buddhism are taught in many Buddhist monasteries around the world and there are more ways to learn about Buddhism. Many people ask themselves is Buddhism a religion or '. For some people Buddhism is a religion for others more a independent philosophy. In Myanmar it is for sure

considered a religion but not alone, there are also the Nats.  Also Buddhism and business  works quite well. There are various forms such as Tibetan Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Hinduism Buddhism, nirvana Buddhism, Nichiren Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism and other.

For research traditional methods should be followed to find a way through the variety of different locations and resources to find the right information about the philosophy of Buddhism. A very good solution in terms of Buddhism and some country specific information is here. The easiest way to learn about Buddhism is to visit a website that is operated by followers of Buddhism.

About Buddhism religion
About Buddhism religion and Myanmar Buddhism
Tripitaka Bagan Myanmar Burma
Tripitaka chest at Sale Monastery Bagan.

Buddhist Canonical Scriptures or Tripitaka

are kept in many monasteries and some are very old. In Myanmar at Mandalay there is the Kuthodaw Pagoda with 729 marble slabs housed in small shrines with Buddhist Canon or Tripitaka Texts inscribed on  them. It's the “World’s Biggest Book”. If piled up it would reach the height of 20 storied building.

One of the best websites to obtain general information and facts surrounding its golden Myanmar is http://www.Buddhanet.net. BuddhaNet is an online educational network for individuals who follow Buddhism or are interested in learning more about it. The BuddaNet site is easy to navigate and designed for individuals of all ages, its all in English.

Some Pali Canonical Scriptures of the Theravada School in a unique ancient scripture chest. You can see Pali Buddhist holy scriptures in this pictures from the Sale Monastery near the ancient Buddhist pagoda city of Bagan in central Myanmar.

Buddhism in Myanmar is a very complex issue and the mythical world is difficult to understand for foreigners on top of it Nats are also popular and sometimes both go "hand in hand" together.

They have an ebook section about Buddhisn which is completely free for all site visitors to read and use as a reference. The ebook section contains information and articles on mediation, golden Myanmar, teachings, and more. A large amount of information can be obtained from this website, some more on meditation is here. Although this website is a great educational tool for teaching individuals about Buddhism and facts surrounding the philosophy, there are naturally additional online resources that are just as helpful to become a Buddhist or maybe not. Completing an online search is the best way to find and sort through each of them and dont forget to visit a Buddha temple to get an idea.

About Buddhism

About Buddhism
About Buddhism

Many printed materials can be purchased from conventional or online book stores.Books, VHS Tapes, DVDs, or audio cassettes tapes may be purchased from many online Buddhism websites. In addition to the internet, plenty of libraries offer books and other printed materials concerning the teaching of Buddhism. The amount of materials associated with Buddhism and facts concerning its golden Buddhist Myanmar and practice will most likely depend on the size of the library.

Buddha Temple
Buddha Temple for Burma Buddhism

It usually the case that smaller libraries are limited in the number of books that they carry. If you do not find what you are looking for, do not give up. Many libraries various cities or counties are connected to a network of other libraries. Therefore, many books may be exchanged or borrowed by different library locations. In addition to printed materials found in the library, there are number of Buddhism books that can be purchased from traditional book stores. Some of these books may be used for reference; many of the books found on today's market include titles dealing Buddhist views, beliefs, or ways that Buddhism has positively impacted a group or an individual, visit a Buddha temple to get a better feeling.

Over centuries Buddhism

has been deeply rooted into Myanmar life, ideas and more. Ideas of Buddhism have formed thoughts, ideas and affect every day life mostly in a positive manner, formed ethical values and a great philosophy of life and after.

As a popular religion, Buddhism has enabled the people to participate in a common culture and hold a world-view which was transmitted through sacred texts memorized during universal male attendance at monastic schools and through dramatizations of Buddhist stories widely performed as popular entertainment.

Buddhism in pre-colonial Burma was officially sponsored by the State. Many of the greatest edifices and works of art were created at the behest of the monarch. As 'defender of the faith', the king was designated the secular arm of Buddhism and was charged with creating conditions under which the religion could flourish. He was expected to keep the doctrine pure and use his influence to resolve schisms and enforce monastic discipline. In return, the

Buddhism meditation at aBuddha temple.

ecclesiastical authorities supported royal prerogatives and encouraged the population to obey and support the central authority. Although the power of the monarch was absolute, the king as a devout Buddhist was also expected to follow the precepts and could be reproved by the ecclesiastical authorities for unbefitting actions. Buddhism was one of the few restraints on the absolute power of the monarch.' Tales from the Life of the Buddha, the Jataka stories or the Five Hundred and Fifty Former Lives of the Buddha, and various sutra or teachings of the Buddha have provided much of the subject-matter and outlets for expression in the 

Theravada Buddhism
Theravada Buddhism, temple and monastery

arts and crafts.

A Buddha temple or pagoda

is where people go for a prayer. The need for every man to seek his own way to salvation by following the precepts, meditating, and performing acts of charity to improve his karma in future existences. Charity in the form of religious donations has traditionally been the most popular way of accruing merit and atoning for past misdeeds. Merit-making was shared collectively with all sentient beings, and considerable effort was spent at all levels of society on this activity. The king, with vast resources at his disposal, generally led the population in making pious

donations. Buddhist art unlike that of the post-Renaissance West, was not generally conceived as a vehicle of self-expression for the artist. Craftsmen were anonymous and were expected to follow various rules and formulae originally derived from Indian concepts of artistic expression. In creating a Buddhist icon such as a Buddha image, failure to observe the established norms would be deemed sacrilegious and render the object unsuitable for use in worship. The artist and the donor, propelled by a spiritual urge and the desire to perform a meritorious deed in their work of art, aimed at creating something 'symbolic' over and beyond the object, to embody the compassionate tranquility of the Enlightened One. While at first imported models were closely

copied, over the course of time Myanmar craftsmen have shown a genius for assimilating foreign influences and blending them with local artistic canons so that works of art became unmistakably 'Myanmar' in spirit, expressed in a marvelous Buddhist shrine.

The Way Of Revival

It has often been said that with no definite belief in -an Eternal God or an undying personality in man, and with the consequent absence of any worship or prayer, Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophical and ethical system only. A study of 

Marvelous Buddha Shrine, more about Buddhism.

Buddhism in Myanmar or Burma tends to confirm that and the popular aberrations in connection with spirit-worship offer further confirmation. Again the tendency in Myanmar or Burma to emphasize the metaphysical arguments and analyses at the expense of the beautiful moral teaching is disquieting to those who claim Buddhism as a religion.

Buddhists claim that their religion is above all a search for truth and that in its doctrine of causation it anticipated the scientific method. Certainly its robust assertion of the responsibility of the individual for his present state is a healthy rebuff to those who see in their difficulties and trials no personal responsibility but simply the caprice of God or fate. But is not its explanation of suffering too simple and mechanistic ' The problems of life are never easy, and the fact remains that we are members one of another and that many suffer through the ignorance, misjudgment or criminal intent of one. Yet Buddhism does insist on the operation of law in the spiritual and moral spheres, and urges the individual to work out his own salvation with diligence.

Chinese Buddha
A Buddha temple show Buddhist belief.

Inevitably, with the transition

from the personal presence of the founder of any religion to the society formed to carry on his message and work, there is a loss of power and understanding ; even his wisest and most devoted disciples cannot have the fullness of his spiritual genius and insight. Chinese Buddha sculpture is a somehow good expression. Some kind of organization is necessary so that his gospel shall not be forgotten, but any ecclesiastical system is bound to lose something of the Teacher's freshness and originality. In times when faith grows dim and practice lax the remedy is to return to the study of the Founder, his mission and teaching. This has been the secret of Christian revivals, notably in the case of Francis of Assisi and John

Wesley, and this is the way to new life and inspiration. A more devotional study of the Buddha and his teaching of Buddhism. Its application to personal and national life, would result in spiritual and moral advance through Buddhism.

The crime statistics of Burma rival those of Chicago, so that fearless critics of their Burmese friends have said : 'Instead of exalting all life to the value of that of a man the result has been to value the life of a man no more than that of an animal or insect.' Yet the devout monk will strain his water lest he swallow a tiny insect, and the ordinary householder will allow every pup born to live and will refuse to put a pain-racked animal out of its misery.
The fifth command too is interesting in its complete forbidding of the use of intoxicating liquor ; in the case of strict Buddhists this extends to the use of brandy for extreme cases of illness or exhaustion. The strictness is probably due to a practical understanding of human nature ; in the East generally speaking, if a man drinks at all it is not for fellowship or the stimulation of flagging energy, but to get drunk, to forget his worries and diffi­culties ; he has no idea of moderation. And in that case abstinence is safer than temperance.

Buddhism in Myanmar Burma
Buddhism in Myanmar Burma

The ethical nature of Buddhism has been expressed in another way : 'To abstain from evil ; to fulfill all good ; to purify the heart' this is the teaching of the Buddha.' To point out the failure of Buddhists to live up to this high level is no valid criticism of the standards of the Buddha, any more than the confusion and failure of the West can be used as an argument against the teaching of Christ. In both cases it is a refusal to accept the highest standards or a failure to find the spiritual power necessary to put them into practice. If Christians lived up to the teaching of Christ, and if Buddhists put into practice the ethical teaching of the Buddha, both West and East would be radically different from what they are now.
A beautiful practice in Buddhism is meditation on the four Brahinaviharas of inyitta (universal love or good­will), karuna (universal compassion), nzudita (joy in the prosperity and happiness of all), and upekkha (equanimity, indifference to the ups-and-downs of life, non-attachment to the things of this world). The object of this four-fold meditation is not only to produce these four states in oneself, but to radiate to all living beings good-will, coin-passion, sympathetic joy, unshakable poise.
In the Suttas there is a lovely description of the whole duty of the Buddhist, and a version of this is known and loved by every Burmese Buddhist. It is called,

Buddhism in Myanmar

has a strong acceptance of tradition. Some of them claim a superiority for Buddhism because it has never been attacked by modern criticism in the way that Christianity has. This is only because the time has not yet come ; with the development of education and scientific thought the searchlight of criticism is bound to be turned on the Buddhism scriptures and traditions and by their own students, more.

Buddhist women

have a bit of a different role as 'western women, but with modern times all this differences are slowly disappearing, more.

Those who are fearless for truth, as Buddhism claim to be, should welcome a courageous examination of tradition in the light of higher and textual criticism, disregarding the possible vested interests of Sangha or nationalism.

Let them get back to the historical Buddha, Gautama the man, to his original message to some extent preserved in the Pitakas, to some extent covered up by them. Let them not be afraid to study the development of Buddhist thought in the Mahayana tradition, for there too will be preserved fragments of an original gospel.

Let them not be afraid to study the life and teaching of that other great Blessed One, Jesus of Nazareth, for there is a spiritual kinship between the Buddha and the Christ which their followers have so far failed to recognize.

Buddhist Women
Buddhist Women, a nun walking at Amarapura.
Somewhere in Buddhism

there is a gospel, good news for men in general, which has become obscured in the centuries of tradition. Men need not be afraid for the Truth ; it is always greater than they are ; they need not tremble lest criticism should weaken their religion a true religion must be strong enough to carry its adherents, and not the other way round. And surely the result of such a fearless attitude would be a heightening of the spiritual stature of the Buddha, a deeper appreciation of the power of his message, and a putting into practice of the good life which he lived and taught.
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