Buddhism is the second most followed religion in Nepal. Buddhism is also one of my favorite religion. Yes, all religions teach us to be good and no religion is bad but Buddhism has amazing principles and philosophies that I absolutely adore. In this article, I am listing the origin and the major characteristic of this religion.
Buddhism was founded in Nepal. The origin of Buddhism dates back to a time when prince Siddhartha Gautam was born in Lumbini in Nepal. He was born to King and queen of Lumbini in a royal family. It is believed that Gautam Buddha walked seven steps right after his birth which was considered a big miracle. Since his birth, he was known to be unique and special. He spent his childhood in the palace in the most luxurious lifestyle. He never saw the pain of common people for he spent his entire childhood amidst all facilities inside his place. Later as he grew up he was introduced to the outer world. When he swathes the sufferings of mankind, he started worrying for them. He wanted to find a solution to all the sufferings of humankind.
He was a prince so he had luxurious lifestyle but he was always worried of other people. Buddha wanted to find solution to human sadness, old age, disease and even death.
Finding the solution to mankind’s suffering became his ultimate goal in life so he left his throne, his wife and son behind in search of answer. He left his palace and started wondering in search of knowledge. He spent years trying to find his answer. Later he went to Bodhgaya , a place in India and meditated under a big pipal tree. During that meditation he got enlightment. He received knowledge and he got answer to all his questions. He found out the four noble truths that there is sorrow, there is cause of sorrow, sorrow can be removed and there are ways to remove the sorrow. He started spreading his knowledge to people and gained many followers. That is how Buddhism as a religion evolved. He preached about the four truths .
Major Traits of Buddhism
Here are major traits of Buddhism religion that a follower must understand.
Eight fold paths
Not just the four noble truth, Budhha also found solution to all mankind’s problems. According to Gautam Buddha, all problems can be eliminated by following the eight fold paths. The eight fold paths are right vision, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right determination, right mindfulness and right meditation. These are remedy to any desire any sorrow or any greed.
One of the best thing about Buddhism is that it teaches humans about non-violence. Gautam Budhha Preached about non violence all over the world. He believed in non-violence and has taught the world to not steal, lie and to have faith in god. Buddhism doesn’t promote animal sacrifice or any form of violence. The base of this religion is love and respect for all living beings.