2500 Years of Buddhism

6th century B.C. was once striking for the spiritual
unrest and highbrow ferment in lots of nations. In China
we had Lao Tzu and Confucius, in Greece Parmenides and
Empedocles, in Iran Zarathustra, in India Mahavira and the
Buddha. In that interval many amazing academics worked
upon their inheritance and constructed new issues of
The Purnima or full-moon day of the month of Vaisakha
is hooked up with 3 vital occasions within the lifetime of the
Buddha—birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. it's the
most sacred day within the Buddhist calendar. in accordance with the
Theravada Buddhism, the Buddha’s parinirvana happened in
544 B.C.1 notwithstanding the several colleges of Buddhism have
their self sufficient structures of chronology, they've got agreed
to reflect on the full-moon day of may well 1956 to be the 2,500th
anniversary of the mahaparinirvana of Gautama the Buddha.
This ebook provides a brief account of the tale of Buddhism in
the final 2,500 years

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Nor can he forget the work of the Mahabodhi Society to the same end. nor remain blind to the cultural and political implications of this revival of the spirit of the Byddha and his teachings in the cause of peace in the world. India has taken a firm stand in the cause of world peace and this, it must be conceded, is in no small measure due to the resolve of her leaders to follow the spirit of the Buddha which was reawakened in Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation. 1. See Arthur Waley, ‘New Light on Buddhism in Mediaeval India9 (Milangts chinois et bouddhiques), Vol 1 (1951*32), pp.

A bat­ tle for the possession of his mortal remains for daily wor­ ship was stopped by Drona, a brahmana. Eight stupas were erected in different parts of India to house his relics. The death Of the Buddha took place on the full moon of Vai£akha (May) as did his birth and awakening. The day is therefore called the thrice-sacred day. The teaching of Lord Buddha may be divided into two groups: (i) philosophical, and (ii) moral. The two groups are interwoven in such a way that the one cannot be under­ stood properly without a knowledge of the other.

The patient paid for his bodily cure by effecting the mental cure of the physician who also joined the lay Buddhists. Three years afterwards a quarrel arose between the ^akyas and Koliyas about the water of the river separating their territories. Had it not been for Lord Buddha's inter­ vention, the quarrel would have grown into a fierce battle. This event was followed by the death of Juiddhodanu and Gautami, the widowed stepmother of the Buddha, asked her son for admission to the Sangha. Ananda, the personal attendant of the Master, strongly supported her cause.

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