The name Buddhism came from the word “ budhi” which means “ to wake up.” Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices such as mindfulness meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, loving- kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path a path which ultimately culminates in enlightenment. Buddhism teaches one thing and one thing only. “Suffering and the end of suffering.” Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator God, some people do not see it a religion in the normal, western the b sense. The basic tenets of Buddhism are the Four Noble truths. Noble Eightfold Path they are straightforward and practical. And Buddhism teaches that nothing is fixed or permanent actions have consequences, change is possible. Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, or gender. It teaches practical methods such as mindfulness meditation, which enable people to realize it’s teaching in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives and to develop the qualities of wisdom and compassion. There are around 350 million Buddhists and growing number of them are westerners. They follow different from of Buddhism, but non-violence, lack of dogma, tolerance of differences, and the practice of mindfulness meditation characterize all traditions.
Buddhism had an important role in the development of Japanese art between the sixth and sixteen centuries. Buddhist art and religion came to japan from China, with the with the arrival of a bronze Buddhist sculpture alongside the sutras. Crown Prince Taishi in the Suiko period in the sixth century and Emperor Shomu encouraged Buddhist art in the Nara period in the eighth century. In the early Heian period...
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