Definition of Buddhism in English:


Line breaks: Bud|dhism
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊdɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
A widespread Asian religion or philosophy, founded by Siddartha Gautama in NE India in the 5th century bc.
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  • My own interest has been in the actual practice of Buddhism in Buddhist lands today.
  • The goal of Buddhism is nirvana, a transcendence of the confines of mind and body.
  • Much of Kendo's philosophy is drawn from Zen and from Buddhism and from Shintoism.

Buddhism has no god, and gives a central role to the doctrine of karma. The ‘four noble truths’ of Buddhism state that all existence is suffering, that the cause of suffering is desire, that freedom from suffering is nirvana, and that this is attained through the ‘eightfold path’ of ethical conduct, wisdom, and mental discipline (including meditation). There are two major traditions, Theravada and Mahayana



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  • He also worked to create connections between Buddhists around the world and between Buddhism and other religions.
  • The main concern for Buddhists is one's own mind and its possible transformation.
  • This derives much more from a Buddhist notion of the cycle of the Dharma or the Buddhist law.


Pronunciation: /-ˈdɪstɪk/
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  • Schopenhauer argues that Buddhistic detachment is the only way in which we can hope to achieve complete deliverance from suffering, and even suggests that Christian ethics are best understood from that perspective.
  • His basic ideas, first intuitive then found explicit in Hartman and Schopenhauer, are Buddhistic in type.
  • He was a kind of Buddhistic, self-evaporative teacher, a Bodhisattva whose mind was so fine that it generally never lit upon a single thing, a classicist trained at the University of Chicago.


Pronunciation: /-ˈdɪstɪk(ə)l/
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  • And, of course, everything by the H.H. the Dalai Lama or Pema Chödrön - I'm into that Buddhistical stuff right now.

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