Buddhism is a major world religion, with about 500 million followers worldwide. The religion and its beliefs originated in ancient India before spreading through much of Asia. This article will explore the holy places of Buddhism, some of the world’s most famous and beloved sites.
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha. The Buddha lived and taught in India during the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. He is considered by Buddhists to be a supremely enlightened being, and his teachings are regarded as the cornerstone of Buddhist thought and practice.
The core teachings of Buddhism can be summarized in what is known as the Four Noble Truths:
All beings suffer from some form of dukkha, or “suffering”. This suffering may take many forms, such as physical pain or mental anguish.
The cause of this suffering is attachment to things impermanent and subject to change, such as our bodies, our thoughts, and our possessions.
There is a way to end this suffering – through detachment from these things that cause us pain. This is accomplished by following the Eightfold Path (see below).
Following the Eightfold Path will lead to Nirvana – a state of complete freedom from suffering and rebirth. Nirvana is not a place or heaven; it is a state of mind that can be attained in this
The Four Noble Truths
The Four Noble Truths are the central teachings of the Buddha. They are:
The truth of suffering (dukkha).
The truth of origin of suffering
The truth of the extinction of suffering (nirvana).
The truth of path leading to the extinction of suffering