EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – The Buddha

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The story of the Buddha’s life, like all
of Buddhism, is a story about confronting suffering. He was born between the sixth and fourth century
B.C., the son of a wealthy king in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. It was prophesied that the young Buddha — then
called Siddhartha Gautama — would either become the emperor of India or a very holy
man. Since Siddhartha’s father desperately wanted
him to become the former, he kept the child isolated in a palace. Young Gautama had every imaginable luxury:
jewels, servants, lotus ponds, even beautiful dancing women. For 29 years, Gautama lived in bliss, protected
from the smallest misfortunes of the outside world But then, he left the palace for short excursions. What he saw amazed him: first he met a sick
man, then an aging man, and then a dying man. show these kind of people in India—add them
to the same image one by one He was astounded to discover that these unfortunate
people represented normal—indeed, inevitable—parts of the human condition that would one day
touch him, too. Horrified and fascinated, Gautama made a fourth
trip outside the palace walls—and encountered a holy man, who had learned to seek spiritual
life in the midst of the vastness of human suffering. Inspired by the holy man, Gautama left the
palace for good. He tried to learn from other holy men. He almost starved himself to death by avoiding
all physical comforts and pleasures, as they did. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it did not bring him
solace from suffering. Then he thought of a moment when he was a
small boy: sitting by the river, he’d noticed that when the grass was cut, the insects and their eggs were trampled and destroyed. As a child, he’d felt a deep compassion for
the tiny insects. Reflecting on his childhood compassion, Gautama felt a profound sense of peace. He
ate, meditated, and finally reached the highest state of enlightenment: Nirvana It refers to the “blowing out” of the
flames of desire. With this, Gautama had become the Buddha,
“the awakened one”. The Buddha awoke by recognising that all of
creation, from distraught ants to dying human beings, is unified by suffering. Recognising this, the Buddha discovered how
to best approach suffering. First, one shouldn’t bathe in luxury, nor abstain from food and comforts altogether. Instead, one ought to live in moderation . The Buddha called this the middle way This allows for maximal concentration on cultivating
compassion for others and seeking enlightenment Next, the Buddha
described a path to transcending suffering called The four noble
truths The first noble truth is the realisation that
first prompted the Buddha’s journey: that there is suffering and constant dissatisfaction
in the world. The second is that this suffering is caused
by our desires. As the Buddha said, “attachment is the root of all suffering.” The third truth is that we can transcend suffering
by removing or managing these desires. The Buddha thus made the remarkable claim that we must change our outlook, not our circumstances. We are unhappy not because we don’t have
enough money, love or status but because we are greedy, vain, and insecure. By re-orienting
our mind we can grow to be content. The people become happier—superimpose smiles
or use a second image of their face With the correct behaviour and what we now
term a mindful attitude, we can also become better people. We can invert negative emotions
and states of mind, turning ignorance into wisdom, anger into compassion, and greed into
generosity. The fourth and final noble truth the Buddha
uncovered is that we can learn to move beyond suffering through what he termed the noble
eightfold path. The eightfold path involves a series of aspects
of behaving “right” and wisely: right view, right intention, right speech, right
action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. What strikes the western observer is the notion
that wisdom is a habit, not merely an intellectual realisation. One must exercise one’s nobler
impulses on a regular basis, as one would train a limb. The moment of understanding
is only one part of becoming a better person. After his death, The Buddha’s followers
collected his “sutras” (sermons or sayings) into scripture, and developed texts to guide
followers in meditation, ethics, and mindful living. The monasteries that had developed during
the Buddha’s lifetime grew and multiplied, throughout China and East Asia. For a time, Buddhism was particularly uncommon
in India itself, and only a few quiet groups of yellow-clad monks and nuns roamed the countryside,
meditating quietly in nature. But then, in the 3rd century B.C., an Indian
king named Ashoka grew troubled by the wars he had fought and converted to Buddhism. He sent monks and nuns far and wide to spread the practice. Buddhist spiritual tradition spread across
Asia and eventually throughout the world. Buddha’s followers divided into two main
schools: Theravada Buddhism which colonised Southeast Asia, and Mahayana Buddhism which took hold in China and Northeast Asia. Today, there are between a half and one and
a half billion Buddhists in both East and West following the Buddha’s teachings and
seeking a more enlightened and compassionate state of mind. Intriguingly, the Buddha’s teachings are
important regardless of our spiritual identification. Like the Buddha, we are all born into the
world not realising how much suffering it contains, and unable to fully comprehend that
misfortune, sickness, and death will come to us too. As we grow older, this reality often feels
overwhelming, and we may seek to avoid it altogether. But the Buddha’s teachings remind us of
the importance of facing suffering directly. We must do our best to liberate ourselves
from the grip of our own desires, and recognise that suffering can be viewed
as part of our common connection with others, spurring us to compassion and gentleness.

 

100 Responses

  1. RuizuKun_Dev

    June 16, 2019 3:03 pm

    I learnt this in school but he’s taught as a god and bull shit stories, this is much better.

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  2. Sudhanshu Panta

    June 18, 2019 10:33 am

    yo i m nepali and he was not born in himalayan foothills.His birth place is kapilvastu which is situated at the plain part(terai) of nepal

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  3. तथागत संदेश

    June 19, 2019 2:37 am

    I'll suggest everyone to please read english version of dhammpad & sutanipat & also if you guys have query regarding Buddha's marg you
    Can clear it form your nearest buddhist monks.

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  4. Arlo & Andrea Anderson

    June 19, 2019 7:07 pm

    “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~Jesus Christ

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  5. SeaJay Oceans

    June 20, 2019 4:09 am

    Ya know, if you took the good parts of Christ's Teachings and the good parts of Buddha's Teachings and merged them across both eastern and western cultures, you could make a new religion out of this… 🙂

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  6. Seth Bush

    June 20, 2019 12:42 pm

    Americas control freaks on the world and war reds and whites color code and blue trump will start ww3 youll see mark my words ww3 three will start this year notradamus

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  7. Seth Bush

    June 20, 2019 1:53 pm

    Im a buhda those who control have no control in war they all want more attachment ww3 will start soon youll see notradamus and tao ta ching i wrote a scripture for ya armageden will start reel soon attachment

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  8. Seth Bush

    June 20, 2019 2:03 pm

    Ww3 is gona start soon youll see usa russia and china people are predictable history reapeets itself

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  9. Seth Bush

    June 20, 2019 2:27 pm

    Whos to protect who nukes are hipocritical usa says peace why did ya nuke japan control freaks nazism is the world control usa has no control youll see red whites blue color code

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  10. Seth Bush

    June 20, 2019 2:55 pm

    Heres a scripture for ya vanity of riches attachment to material shit money youll get it in next life sufering youll see war mongerers im buhdist and believe in christ your money is vain america youll get it on other side not helping homless and poor your vain america tao ta ching

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  11. Seth Bush

    June 20, 2019 3:32 pm

    Heres a scripture midle way is the path to take far left far right is not good good evil vanity of riches control is not the answer porn will be there distruction you advertise ww3 is gona start soon there predictable its already begone satan is your master money is 666

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  12. Seth Bush

    June 20, 2019 11:51 pm

    Trump is a mouth from happy days war mungerer republicans democrates are all trying to rule the world treason trump

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  13. Seth Bush

    June 21, 2019 12:12 am

    Americas hipocrites on war and nukes cant win that war will get nuked theyll get nuked than drought afterglobal warming than end of world everyone will burn up global warming is caused by nukes

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  14. Griffonksx Ex

    June 24, 2019 12:41 pm

    I have studied under Buddhist, Christian and Muslim schools. But After all that I still am an atheist. I appreciate all teachings I received from those religious experiences, but I gotta say Buddhist schools have the most wholesome stories I’ve come across

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  15. Who Dat

    June 28, 2019 5:16 pm

    Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. The only way to the Father is through the Son. Accept this truth and have everlasting life. Repent.

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  16. James Anderson

    July 3, 2019 8:43 pm

    The Buddha reveals his enlightenment in the last eight years of his life in the Lotus Sutra teaching. There are 1,000 monks who gathered to transcribe all these works.

    There are three timeframes these works describe their effectiveness as well… being the Former, Middle, and Latter days.

    When we research these teachings, along with the great Buddhist scholars documentation, we find that the Buddha himself was born around 1028 bce.

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  17. Abbie Create

    July 4, 2019 4:48 am

    That lady with the pan smiling reminds of my grandma who installed big teeth on her gums and couldn’t close her mouth all the way, and she would beat me with a frying pan while she has this unchanging creepy smile

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  18. Robert Ota

    July 8, 2019 2:46 am

    May our Heavenly Father reveal the Truth to all who are in darkness and bondage of Satan. Buddha and Buddhism is all of Satan. Satan is EVIL. Satan created Buddha, Buddhism and every other false religion to mislead everyone from the TRUE God, Eloheim, El Shadai, Yahweh, Emanuel, JESUS. Satan is a Head Hunter. Satan can possess humans to commit evil deeds and say evil things. In the Bible, Jesus cast out 1,000 demons from a man possessed. Satan will be destroyed as prophesied in Revelations of the Bible. Satan is a Liar and Deceiver. Buddha didn't die on the Cross for our sins. Jesus DID. Buddha didn't save the world. Jesus DID. Buddha was a simple fat man. Jesus was God in the flesh. Jesus came into the world not to condemn it but to save it. Jesus teached and preached the Word of God. Jesus brought back sight to the blind. Jesus brought back hearing to the deaf. Jesus healed the sick and cured lepers. Jesus changed water into wine. Jesus walked on water. Jesus fed 5,000 with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus brought the dead back to LIFE. Buddha did NOTHING. God created EVERYTHING. God created Heaven and Hell. God created Heaven for all of us and wants to take everyone to Heaven. God is LOVE. God so loved the world, HE gave his only son Jesus to die for our sins that whosoever believes in him will never die but have everlasting life in Heaven. Jesus is the Truth, the life and the way. The ONLY way to Heaven. If you know the Truth, it will set you free from bondage of Satan. Satan kills steals and destroys. Satan is filthy and nasty. Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. Jesus defeated Satan at the Cross. Repent and receive Jesus as your Savior. Repenting and receiving Jesus as your Savior opens the door of Heaven to you. Believing and accepting Jesus as your Savior protects you against Satan. Thousands of Buddhists have repented and accepted Jesus as their Savior. They have broken free from the bondage of Satan. TODAY is the Day of SALVATION
    Make the right choice. I Did. Don't let Satan control you and take you to Hell and torment you forever. In the Bible, Nichodemus asked Jesus. How can I enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Jesus told him. You must be Saved and Born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. No man goes to the Father except through his son Jesus Christ. On Judgement day, ALL knees will bow and all tongues will confess that Jesus is Lord. Question is. Where are YOU going after you die? Heaven or Hell. You choose.

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  19. Suyog Parab

    July 16, 2019 4:35 pm

    I am practising shaiva Sanatnan Dharmi(Hindu), but huge respect for Buddhism & progressive, peaceful Buddhist countries like China & Japan.

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  20. baladev b.

    July 18, 2019 2:45 pm

    highest state of enlightment? oh, really its the lowest … zero 000000 . nothing exists beyond material things and desires, even the desire to meet the all–blissfull God in Person.

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  21. Sigma Geranimo

    July 20, 2019 6:20 am

    Islam : Jews and Infedel is your enemy

    Christian : infedel and Jews is your enemy

    Buddha : There is no enemy. you are the enemy of yourself.

    Zoratoraism : no enemy.

    the Jews Abraham teaching is for sick people look at them now.

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  22. Alexander Anderson

    July 27, 2019 7:51 pm

    For someone who doesnt speak english as a 1st language can someone explain to me the connection between desire and attatchment…and basically what does attatchment imply?

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  23. Vildan

    July 30, 2019 9:06 am

    The Buddha, wasn’t the first Buddha though, Buddha simply means awakened one from what I understand. There have been Buddha’s for thousands of years before Buddhism. I recently learnt that you can’t live without desire. You just need to understand it, not to let them control your life. I also don’t think that life is suffering. I used to think that, not anymore though. Thoughts ??

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  24. KnoxTheBox

    July 31, 2019 10:01 am

    Fuck Buddhism, I’m touching Buddha’s daughter!!! For not helping me. Touching here crouch!!! Touching here bibbly bobs…

    I’d like to thank my lord Jesus Christ for guiding me this far and showing me the way!!!

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  25. Angela Maier

    August 9, 2019 1:47 am

    Rama (reincarnation of Vishnu ) Was born a royal.
    Buddha was born into a rich family.
    Only Jesus was born in an actual animals shed, and yet had the same traits.
    Follow the path ofJesus, and your life will surely be full

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  26. pratap yonghang

    August 9, 2019 5:10 am

    I ve realised that the cause of dissatisfaction and suffering is also because we want to be extraordinary……

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  27. Marsun Alvarez

    August 15, 2019 5:01 am

    Https://youtu.be/wg8nVcEb8rw our main goal of Buddhism is to minimize suffering. Thanks for sharing the details my friend I'm Buddhist From Philippines

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  28. Yoganandhan Moodley

    August 23, 2019 11:23 am

    We are all beings of greatness and peace in THE ULTIMATE ABSOLUTE ENERGY.
    THIS ENERGY IS IN US.OUT OF US.
    COLLECTIVELY WE CAN FOLLOW TOGETHER.
    THE PEACE IN EVERY ALL NESS.
    WE HAVE A LIFE OF NECESSITY TO LIVE.

    THE GODS OF FORM ORIGIN ARE RESPONSIBLE.

    WE ARE THE BODY OF THE ENERGY.THE ENERGY OF THE BODY.
    YOU ARE THE TEACHER TO TEACH THE ENERGY.
    YOU.
    GOD BLESS YOU

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  29. VYTAUTAS KUNEVIČIUS

    August 27, 2019 5:31 am

    3:37 right livelihood begins after an enlightenment, as the result of it. before an enlightenment, life is mistake after mistake, because that all a man activity is from thinking, witch under an influence of sense, feelings and body needs. thinking easy interpret all "right", for to have comfortable state for "I". not correction of thinking, is right way, but practice of meditation, during witch all good and bad, all right or not, must go out and disappear in the final mind state- Shunyata. only empty mind is doomed never to make mistakes. keep your mind in "nowhere", with concentration on what's going "now", step by step.

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  30. Srinivasa M S

    August 27, 2019 10:49 am

    School of life make bio about great philosophers of India like Basavanna, Allamaprabhu, vachanakaras,
    Mahavira, markendeya, D V Gundappa

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  31. Srinivasa M S

    August 27, 2019 10:51 am

    For the true beauty of Indian philosophy you can refer Devdutt Pattnaik, a renowned Comparitive mythologist, decoder who changed the meaning of Indian philosophy

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  32. Zol z

    August 29, 2019 7:35 am

    You suffer because you desire…it was challenge he gave to his students to give up desire and obviously paradoxically they found out that they always ended up desiring not to desire at which point they finally started to understand what he meant

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  33. Benjiboy12

    September 1, 2019 6:35 am

    Very interesting to note the similarities to Stoicism, how the circumstances aren’t what bothers us, it’s how we react and percieve them.

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  34. kushagra yadav

    September 13, 2019 10:33 am

    Buddhism philosophy has a big flaw. It calls one for abandoning all the weapons and be merciful even on your enemy. This is what Ashoka did after he became a Buddha follower. But this made many outsiders invade the Indian subcontinent where Ashoka had been ruling. After Ashoka became weak, millions of common people were converted to Islam and killed due to invaders' attack. One reason why Baudh religion originated in India could not spread much in India (like in ASEAN countries) is the same.
    One other philosophy which is quite similar to Buddhism, but has no flaw like that in Buddhism has, is 'Sikhism'.
    Sikhism, which was also originated in the Indian subcontinent, a follower must learn to save his/her life and also the life of other living beings if they are innocent. Keeping a weapon all the time with you is a must in Sikhism.

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  35. David Collins

    September 14, 2019 8:21 pm

    Why do you have to hurry through these talks, Alain? Do you have so little time available to record them? An extra 40-50 seconds or so would give these ideas the space they deserve. I found this rushing particularly inappropriate during your breathless reading of the poems in the talk about Basho.

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  36. sarawut tungponkaiwunsak

    September 15, 2019 8:45 am

    I'm an Asian man living in the country where the majority of people are Buddhists, but I got interested in Buddhism because of Westerners' analysis of Buddhism in a philosophical way. In my country the religion is full of miracles and fairy tales and very dogmatic.

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  37. Renee Carter

    September 25, 2019 1:42 pm

    Jesus Christ is the the only way, the truth and the life. He came so that we might have peace, and have it more abundantly. Jesus loves us, died for our sins, and lives today so that we might have eternal life 💗 Believe in Jesus for He is living and not dead

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  38. Sittikorn Seehomee

    September 27, 2019 12:48 am

    There is no point to fight against other’s ideas. That’s not what Buddhism taught us. Everyone have to understand the truth with their own eyes, not by our desire. Just let it all go for the way it is.

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  39. zigme Tamang

    September 27, 2019 4:37 pm

    Only the Buddha can bring the peace and love in the world. It is a unselfish then others religions. 🌹🙏🌹🙏

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  40. chan pol

    October 2, 2019 1:52 am

    The Himalayas, or Himalaya, is a mountain range in Asia, separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. The range has many of Earth's highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. The Himalayas include over fifty mountains exceeding 7,200 m in elevation, including ten of the fourteen 8,000-metre peaks. By contrast, the highest peak outside Asia is 6,961 m tall. wikipedia

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  41. thanh bui van

    October 3, 2019 12:48 pm

    The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore

    Avalokiteshvara
    while practicing deeply with
    the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore,
    suddenly discovered that
    all of the five Skandhas are equally empty,
    and with this realisation
    he overcame all Ill-being.
    “Listen Sariputra,
    this Body itself is Emptiness
    and Emptiness itself is this Body.
    This Body is not other than Emptiness
    and Emptiness is not other than this Body.
    The same is true of Feelings,
    Perceptions, Mental Formations,
    and Consciousness.
    “Listen Sariputra,
    all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness;
    their true nature is the nature of
    no Birth no Death,
    no Being no Non-being,
    no Defilement no Purity,
    no Increasing no Decreasing.
    “That is why in Emptiness,
    Body, Feelings, Perceptions,
    Mental Formations and Consciousness
    are not separate self entities.
    The Eighteen Realms of Phenomena
    which are the six Sense Organs,
    the six Sense Objects,
    and the six Consciousnesses
    are also not separate self entities.
    The Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising
    and their Extinction
    are also not separate self entities.
    Ill-being, the Causes of Ill-being,
    the End of Ill-being, the Path,
    insight and attainment,
    are also not separate self entities.
    Whoever can see this
    no longer needs anything to attain.
    Bodhisattvas who practice
    the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
    see no more obstacles in their mind,
    and because there
    are no more obstacles in their mind,
    they can overcome all fear,
    destroy all wrong perceptions
    and realize Perfect Nirvana.
    “All Buddhas in the past, present and future
    by practicing
    the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
    are all capable of attaining
    Authentic and Perfect Enlightenment.
    “Therefore Sariputra,
    it should be known that
    the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
    is a Great Mantra,
    the most illuminating mantra,
    the highest mantra,
    a mantra beyond compare,
    the True Wisdom that has the power
    to put an end to all kinds of suffering.
    Therefore let us proclaim
    a mantra to praise
    the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore.
    Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
    Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
    Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!”

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  42. MiniatureMasterClass

    October 5, 2019 2:07 am

    Hey Idiots – You CANNOT be Buddhist if you don't believe in reincarnation. If you try you are just a racist engaging in cultural appropriation.

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  43. KMAS ENTERTAINMENT

    October 8, 2019 12:26 pm

    Pali=Sabba papassa akaranan.
    Kusalassa upa sampadha
    Sachitha pariyo dapanan
    Ethan buddhanu sasanan.

    English=Not to do any evil,
    To cultivate good,
    To purify one's mind,
    This is the teaching of Lord Buddha's.
    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  44. SL- World

    October 11, 2019 4:35 am

    Here we have the truth and beautiful calm surrounding in Sri Lanka. Kandy , anuradhapura, polonnaruwa, etc. to visit and enhance your mind by positivity.

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  45. Suave JAE

    October 15, 2019 2:18 am

    Grew up as a Baptist Christian and I always thought about going to hell for not believing in god. I always questioned that. Until one day I held a conversation with a Buddhist Monk, spoke with pure wisdom and a divine like approach status.

    Me: “Hello, I would like to talk to you about our lord and savior Jesus Christ.

    Monk: “Interesting, but little man, I have no belief in any Christian deity.

    Me: “If you don’t accept him you will burn for eternity.

    Monk. “Why should a man have to suffer just for the lack of belief? Why should a man be brought into this world for they must serve and worship a god that will cast them into fire?”

    Me: it’s his word.

    Monk “As long you are here in this world you must be kind. Show love and compassion towards one another. No man nor woman shouldn’t have to suffer in this life and in the next life they should not suffer. Be a kind person.

    Till this day I will forever remember this conversation

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  46. The light Of knowledge

    October 25, 2019 7:14 pm

    It's sad how our own history and ancient heritage was neglected by us and this was the reason that desert cult attacked and subjugated us. We should be constantly awoken so that no force in this planet ever dare to confront us and if they ever did then they should be liberated from that cult.

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  47. Dani G

    November 11, 2019 10:55 pm

    Jesus Christ is the only way to be freed from our sin. People often misjudge the Christian religion because they believe its a life of rules and condemnation, when its the complete opposite! God sent Jesus to bring FREEDOM, JOY, PEACE, and HOPE.

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