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Philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in Ancient India (c. Wikipedia

  • History of Buddhism in India

    Ancient Indian religion, which arose in and around the ancient Kingdom of Magadha , and is based on the teachings of the Gautama Buddha who was deemed a "Buddha" ("Awakened One" ). Buddhism spread outside of Magadha starting in the Buddha's lifetime. Wikipedia

  • Yoga

    Group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. One of the six Āstika schools of Indian philosophical traditions. Wikipedia

  • Buddhahood

    Title for someone who is awake, and has attained nirvana and Buddhahood. Most commonly used for Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who is often simply known as "the Buddha". Wikipedia

  • Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from c. 268 to 232 BCE. A grandson of the dynasty's founder Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka promoted the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia. Wikipedia

  • Great Renunciation

    Traditional term for the departure of Gautama Buddha (c. Ascetic . Wikipedia

  • Sanchi

    Buddhist complex, famous for its Great Stupa, on a hilltop at Sanchi Town in Raisen District of the State of Madhya Pradesh, India. Located in 46 km north-east of Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh. Wikipedia

  • Buddhism and Hinduism

    Hinduism and Buddhism have common origins in the Ganges culture of northern India during the "second urbanisation" around 500 BCE. They have shared parallel beliefs that have existed side by side, but also pronounced differences. Wikipedia

  • Buddhist philosophy

    Buddhist philosophy refers to the philosophical investigations and systems of inquiry that developed among various Buddhist schools in India following the parinirvana (i.e. death) of the Buddha and later spread throughout Asia. The Buddhist path combines both philosophical reasoning and meditation. Wikipedia

  • Sarnath

    Place located 10 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. Where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna . Wikipedia

  • Mahajanapadas

    The Mahājanapadas (great realm, from maha, "great", and janapada "foothold of a people") were sixteen kingdoms or oligarchic republics that existed in Northern ancient India from the sixth to fourth centuries BCE during the second urbanisation period. Often regarded as a major turning point in early Indian history; during this period India's first large cities arose after the demise of the Indus Valley Civilization. Wikipedia

  • Śuddhodana

    Leader of the Shakya, who lived in an oligarchic republic on the Indian subcontinent, with their capital at Kapilavastu. Also the father of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became The Buddha. Wikipedia

  • Varanasi

    City on the banks of the river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India, 320 km south-east of the state capital, Lucknow, and 121 km east of Allahabad. Holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism and Ravidassia. Wikipedia

  • Rāhula

    The only son of Siddhārtha Gautama (commonly known as the Buddha) (c. undefined 563 or 480 – 483 or 400 BCE), and his wife and princess Yaśodharā. Wikipedia

  • Dhyāna in Buddhism

    Training of the mind, commonly translated as meditation, to withdraw the mind from the automatic responses to sense-impressions, and leading to a "state of perfect equanimity and awareness (upekkhā-sati-parisuddhi)." Dhyāna may have been the core practice of pre-sectarian Buddhism, in combination with several related practices which together lead to perfected mindfulness and detachment, and are fully realized with the practice of dhyana. Wikipedia

  • Nondualism

    In spirituality, nondualism, also called non-duality, means "not two" or "one undivided without a second". Described as "centerless" and "without dichotomies". Wikipedia

  • Bodh Gaya

    Religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. Famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained Enlightenment under what became known as the Bodhi Tree. Wikipedia

  • Stupa

    Mound-like or hemispherical structure containing relics (such as śarīra – typically the remains of Buddhist monks or nuns) that is used as a place of meditation. Chaitya, which is a prayer hall or temple containing a stupa. Wikipedia

  • History of Hinduism

    The history of Hinduism covers a wide variety of related religious traditions native to the Indian subcontinent. Its history overlaps or coincides with the development of religion in the Indian subcontinent since the Iron Age, with some of its traditions tracing back to prehistoric religions such as those of the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization. Wikipedia

  • Religion in India

    Characterised by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Secular state. Wikipedia

  • Bodhisattva

    Any person who is on the path towards Buddhahood. In the Early Buddhist schools as well as modern Theravada Buddhism, a bodhisattva (Pali: bodhisatta) refers to anyone who has made a resolution to become a Buddha and has also received a confirmation or prediction from a living Buddha that this will be so. Wikipedia

  • Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India

    Long journey or search of great moral significance. Journey to a sacred place or to a shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Wikipedia

  • Buddhaghosa

    5th-century Indian Theravada Buddhist commentator, translator and philosopher. He worked in the Great Monastery (Mahāvihāra) at Anurādhapura, Sri Lanka and saw himself as being part of the Vibhajjavāda school and in the lineage of the Sinhalese Mahāvihāra. Wikipedia

  • History of Bihar

    One of the most varied in India. Bihar consists of three distinct regions, each has its own distinct history and culture. Wikipedia

  • Indo-Greek Kingdom

    Hellenistic kingdom spanning modern-day Afghanistan and the classical circumscriptions of the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent (northern Pakistan and northwestern India), which existed during the last two centuries BC and was ruled by more than thirty kings, often conflicting with one another. Founded when the Graeco-Bactrian king Demetrius invaded the subcontinent early in the 2nd century BC. The Greeks in the Indian Subcontinent were eventually divided from the Graeco-Bactrians centered on Bactria , and the Indo-Greeks in the present-day north-western Indian Subcontinent. Wikipedia

  • Religious experience

    Subjective experience which is interpreted within a religious framework. The concept originated in the 19th century, as a defense against the growing rationalism of Western society. Wikipedia

  • Glossary of spirituality-related terms. Closely linked to religion. Wikipedia

  • Thiruvalluvar

    Celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher. Best known as the author of the Tirukkuṟaḷ, a collection of couplets on ethics, political and economical matters, and love. Wikipedia

  • Arthur Schopenhauer

    German philosopher. Best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation , which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind and insatiable noumenal will. Wikipedia

  • Yogachara

    Influential tradition of Buddhist philosophy and psychology emphasizing the study of cognition, perception, and consciousness through the interior lens of meditative and yogic practices. Also variously termed Vijñānavāda , Vijñaptivāda (the doctrine of ideas or percepts) or Vijñaptimātratā-vāda (the doctrine of 'mere vijñapti), which is also the name given to its major epistemic theory. Wikipedia

  • Dayananda Saraswati

    Indian philosopher, social leader and founder of the Arya Samaj, a reform movement of the Vedic dharma. The first to give the call for Swaraj as "India for Indians" in 1876, a call later taken up by Lokmanya Tilak. Wikipedia


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  • Buddhism, based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha, attracted followers from all social classes excepting the middle class; chronicling the life of the Buddha was central to the beginnings of recorded history in India.India-Wikipedia
  • This term has fallen out of use and is sometimes said to be offensive, as it suggests that a human being, rather than God, is central to Muslims' religion, parallel to Buddha in Buddhism.Islam-Wikipedia
  • The temple's Zhaoxian Pagoda (招仙塔) was first built in 1071 during the Liao dynasty to hold a tooth relic of the Buddha.Beijing-Wikipedia
  • From one of these, the Shakya polity, arose a prince who later renounced his status to lead an ascetic life, founded Buddhism, and came to be known as Gautama Buddha (traditionally dated 563–483 BC).Nepal-Wikipedia
  • Buddha Purnima, which marks the birth of Gautama Buddha, is a major Hindu and Buddhist festival, while Christmas is celebrated by the minority Christian population.Uttar Pradesh-Wikipedia
  • Some of the first and most influential figurative portrayals of the Buddha appeared at this time, perhaps modelled on Greek statues of Apollo in the Greco-Buddhist style.Alexander the Great-Wikipedia
  • Mahāyāna texts not only revere numerous Buddhas besides Sakyamuni, such as Amitabha and Vairocana, but also see them as transcendental or supramundane (lokuttara) beings.Buddhism-Wikipedia
  • The Mahāyāna sūtras are a very broad genre of Buddhist scriptures that the Mahāyāna Buddhist tradition holds are original teachings of the Buddha.Buddhism-Wikipedia
  • In 245 BCE, bhikkhuni Sanghamitta arrived with the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree, which is considered to be a sapling from the historical Bodhi Tree under which Gautama Buddha became enlightened.Sri Lanka-Wikipedia
  • In the middle of the first millennium BC, Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in Lumbini in southern Nepal.Nepal-Wikipedia
  • Based on the information found in texts pertaining to Jainism and Buddhism, Vajji was established as a republic by the 6th century BCE, before the birth of Gautama Buddha in 563 BCE, making it the first known republic in India.Bihar-Wikipedia
  • Colombo's most popular festival is the celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death all falling on the same day.Colombo-Wikipedia
  • Notably, a metre-high bronze head of the Buddha dated to c. 750 AD and one of the oldest items a 2,000-year-old jade horse head from a burial, other sculptures include life-size tomb guardians.Victoria and Albert Museum-Wikipedia
  • Buddha Sakyamuni's life and death on earth is then usually understood as a "mere appearance" or "a manifestation skilfully projected into earthly life by a long-enlightened transcendent being, who is still available to teach the faithful through visionary experiences."Buddhism-Wikipedia
  • Another significant temple is the Jade Buddha Temple, which was named after a large statue of Buddha carved out of jade in the temple.Shanghai-Wikipedia
  • It was one of the four main kingdoms of India at the time of the lives of Mahavira, the principal figure of Jainism and Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism.West Bengal-Wikipedia
  • The historically important towns of Sarnath where Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon after his enlightenment and died at Kushinagar; both are important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists.Uttar Pradesh-Wikipedia
  • The stupa consists of a dome at the base; above the dome, there is a cubic structure with the eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions.Kathmandu-Wikipedia
  • The most frequent narrative subjects for paintings were or are: the Jataka stories, episodes from the life of the Buddha, the Buddhist heavens and hells, themes derived from the Thai versions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, not to mention scenes of daily life.Thailand-Wikipedia
  • Buddhist philosophy begins with the thought of Gautama Buddha (fl. between 6th and 4th century BCE) and is preserved in the early Buddhist texts.Philosophy-Wikipedia
  • Bhutan and neighboring Tibet experienced the spread of Buddhism which originated in the Indian subcontinent during the lifetime of Gautama Buddha.Bhutan-Wikipedia
  • Widely observed practices include taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, observance of moral precepts, Buddhist monasticism, Buddhist meditation, and the cultivation of the Paramitas (perfections, or virtues).Buddhism-Wikipedia
  • Conversely, Chinese society was founded on men like Confucius, Mencius, Han Feizi (Legalism), Lao Tzu (Taoism), and Buddha (Buddhism), resulting in very different worldviews.Industrial Revolution-Wikipedia
  • Manichaeism, a Gnostic sect, accepted Jesus as a prophet, in addition to revering Gautama Buddha and Zoroaster.Jesus-Wikipedia
  • The term "Buddhism" is an occidental neologism, commonly (and "rather roughly" according to Donald S. Lopez Jr.) used as a translation for the Dharma of the Buddha, fójiào in Chinese, bukkyō in Japanese, nang pa sangs rgyas pa'i chos in Tibetan, buddhadharma in Sanskrit, buddhaśāsana in Pali.Buddhism-Wikipedia
  • Early Buddhism was atheistic as Gautama Buddha's path involved no mention of gods.Atheism-Wikipedia
  • Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha (born Siddhārtha Gautama in the 5th or 4th century BCE) and resulting interpreted philosophies.Buddhism-Wikipedia
  • Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, a town located in the modern day district of Gaya in Bihar.Bihar-Wikipedia
  • It is believed to be the place from where Gautama Buddha started his journey for Bodh Gaya.Jharkhand-Wikipedia
  • Tibetan representations of art are intrinsically bound with Tibetan Buddhism and commonly depict deities or variations of Buddha in various forms from bronze Buddhist statues and shrines, to highly colorful thangka paintings and mandalas.Tibet-Wikipedia

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