Buddhism

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Biographies

Fazang

Fazang (643-712 CE) was an influential Buddhist monk who lived in China during the Tang dynasty. He is regarded as the third patriarch of the Huayan (Skt. Avatamsaka, "Flower Ornament") denomination of Buddhism—a Chinese tradition based on the Avatamsaka Sutra. This long text consists of many smaller scriptures that possibly had served as independently circulated texts. Some of these texts were translated into Chinese from Sanskrit and Khotanese, a central Asian language, as early as the third

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Topics

Women in Buddhism

It can be argued that from its earliest beginnings, Buddhism was intended to be a clear departure from the orthodox Indian religions that are almost universally categorized under the all-inclusive Western term "Hinduism."  As such, the Buddhist view of women often differed from the traditional view of women in Hinduism. Prior to the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, women were often delegated to the margins of society.  Their roles were simply threefold: those of wife, mother,

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Beliefs

Anatman

Anatman , the doctrine of non-self, is specifically opposite the Hindu doctrine of atman . Buddhism teaches that every aspect of the world—with the exception of nirvana—is constructed. If it has been constructed, then it may also be deconstructed. Thus, each of these aspects is viewed as impermanent. In addition, each aspect of the world—again, with the exception of nirvana—is believed to cause suffering in life. Thus, if everything except nirvana is not only impermanent, but also causes suff

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Overview

Buddhism Overview

Buddhism was founded in northeastern India during the 5th or 4th century BCE by a man named Siddhartha GautamaAlthough best known by his Sanskrit name, “Siddhārtha Gautama,” the Buddha’s original name in Pāḷi was Siddhattha Gotama. In addition, he is frequently known as Śākyamuni (c. 6th- c. 4th cen. BCE). After attaining nirvana, Gautama became known as the Buddha. The goal of the Buddhist religion is to eliminate suffering by achieving the same enlightenment as Gautama. Although Buddhism

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