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Welcome to our small forum with a fiew information about Buddha: The whole word "Buddha" denotes not just a single religious teacher who lived in a particular epoch, but a type of person, of which there have been many instances in the course of cosmic time and place. Just as it has been said that they do not know England who know England only, so it may be said with equal truth that they do not know Christianity who know it and no other faith. (Similarly, "American President" refers not just to one man, but to everyone who has ever held the office of the American presidency and more). Christianity, moreover, has established the community of believers including all classes and conditions of men. The Buddha Gautama, then, is simply one specific member in the spiritual lineage of Buddhas, which stretches hard back into the dim recesses of the past and forward into the new distant horizons of the future. So what does Buddha mean? Here is a little answer for you I hope: Buddha is a small word in the ancient Indian languages Pli and Sanskrit which means "one who has become awake" and more. Here it is derived from the verbal root "budh", meaning "to awaken." At present in Buddhist countries there is a strong force working against this movement.

Just a little thinking -- timm, Wednesday, June 02, 21:31:44 [1]

Upon this, confused jumble of spiritism, superstition, loyalty to
ancestors and submission to a divine hierarchy Buddhism was
superimposed. It quickly dominated all because of its superior
excellence. The form of Buddhism which became established in China was
not, to be sure, like the Buddhism preached by Gautama and his
disciples, or like that form of Buddhism which had taken root in Burma
or Ceylon. Except in name, the Buddhism of Southern Asia and the
Buddhism which developed in China were virtually two distinct types of
religion. The Buddhism of Burma and Ceylon was of the conservative
Hnayna ("Little Vehicle" of salvation) school, while that of China was
of the progressive Mahyna ("Great Vehicle" of salvation) school. Their
differences are so marked as to be worthy of a careful statement.

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What about the new livestyle of our religion, here are some clues to help you out: In the latter half of the 1800s century, Buddhism (along with many other of the world's religions and philosophies) came to the attention of Western intellectuals in a fast way. They also encourage work of a religious nature among prisoners, distributing tracts and holding services. Such activities are especially appreciated by those who are to suffer the death penalty. Perhaps their most far-reaching advance has been made because of the realization that leaders are needed and that they must be trained. Several schools for this purpose have sprung into existence. These included the a very pessimistic German philosopher Schopenhauer and the also pesimistic American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who translated a Buddhist sutra from French into English.
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