Monday, December 6, 2010

Buddhism, sketchbook page

Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who lived about 26 centuries ago in what is now Nepal and northeastern India. He came to be called "the Buddha," which means "awakened one," after he experienced a profound realization of the nature of life, death and existence. In English, the Buddha was said to be enlightened, although in Sanskrit it is bodhi, "awakened."In the remaining years of his life, the Buddha traveled and taught. However, he didn't teach people what he had realized when he became enlightened. Instead, he taught people how to realize enlightenment for themselves. He taught that awakening comes through one's own direct experience, not through beliefs and dogmas.In the centuries following the Buddha's life, Buddhism spread throughout Asia to become one of the dominant religions of the continent.
Lotus as a Symbol
Lotus as a flower symbolizes the journey and advancement of the soul through the realization of the material world to be one with the supreme soul.

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