Buddhism: Overview
Buddhism is the world’s oldest missionary religion. Since its beginnings some 2,500 years ago in northern India, it has spread to nearly every region of the world. There are now more than 350 million Buddhists in the world, most of whom belong to one or the other of the 2 major schools: the Mahayana and the Theravada. Buddhist core philosophical tenets and beliefs include Karma, Nirvāna, and
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The Buddha’s immediate disciples not only formed the first Buddhist community but also were responsible for orally preserving his teachings. One of the most important of

Category: PHILOSOPHY

Theravada Buddhism comes from the teachings of the Buddha, who lived in the 5th century B.C.E. The Theravada (School of the Elders, in the Pali language) is the sole

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The Sautrāntika or Sūtravāda (Suttavāda in Pāḷi) were an early Buddhist school generally believed to be descended from the Sthāvira nikāya by way of their immediate

BUDDHISM
Theravada Buddhism | Introduction

Theravada Buddhism comes from the teachings of the Buddha, who lived in the 5th century B.C.E. The Theravada (School of the Elders, in the Pali language) is the sole surviving branch of the earliest Buddhism. Its primary emphasis was on monastic life, with the single goal of

The Sautrāntika or Sūtravāda (Suttavāda in Pāḷi) were an early Buddhist school generally believed to be descended from the Sthāvira nikāya by way of their immediate parent school, the Sarvāstivādins. While they are identified as a unique doctrinal tendency, they were part of the

The Bequeathed Teaching Sūtra

Index Anchors 1. Introduction 2. Bequeathed Teaching Sūtra Related Resources 1. Diamond Sūtra | Full 2. Zen Sūtras 3. Sūtras 1. Introduction This text, the Bequeathed Teaching Sūtra , was translated into Chinese around 400 C.E. by Kumārajīva and became an influential text often

Sūtra of Forty-Two Sections

Index Anchors 1. Introduction 2. Sūtra of 42 Sections Related Resources 1. Diamond Sūtra | Full 2. Zen Sūtras 3. Sūtra of 42 Sections 1. Introduction The Sūtra of Forty-two Sections (also called the Sūtra of Forty-two Chapters is often regarded as the first Indian Buddhist Sūtra

Diamond Sūtra

Index Anchors 1. Introduction 2. History 3. Contents Related Resources 1. Diamond Sūtra | Full 2. Diamond Sūtra | About 3. Zen Sūtras 1. Introduction The Diamond Sūtra is the popular shortened name of the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra , a Mahāyāna Buddhist sūtra from the