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Title: Buddhism by Ven. Thich nu Gioi Huong Abbess of Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple Milwaukee

Buddhismby Ven. Thich nu Gioi HuongAbbess of
Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple Milwaukee
  • Buddhism is a religion of compassion and wisdom.
  • It originated from Northern India in the years of
    500 BC.
  • The person commonly known as The Buddha was
    actually a prince named Siddhartha Gotama born in
    563 BC.
  • At the age of 29 he made the great renunciation
    and left the luxury life of a prince to become a
    penniless ascetic to find the key to human

  • He became enlighten , awakening. The word
    budhi which means to wake up and hence the
    'Buddhism' is the philosophy of awakening.
  • He lived for another 45 years, during which he
    traveled all over Northern India to teach others
    what he had discovered, called the Dhamma or
    Truth until his death at the age of 80.
  • From Northern India his teachings spread through
    China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam... Asia, Europe and
  • Nowadays, Buddhism has 300 millions followers

Core Teachings - Four Noble Truths
  • Life, as we have known it, is suffering. (fact)
  • Suffering is caused by craving and aversion.
  • Suffering can be overcome and happiness can be
    attained. (assertion)
  • There is a way, a practice, that will lead the
    end of suffering the 8-fold path (cure)

Core Teachings Eight-fold Path The end of
  • 1. Right View have a good view of things
  • 2. Right Thought think about them correctly
  • 3. Right Speech - talk about correctly
  • 4. Right Action - do it right
  • 5. Right Livelihood live it right
  • 6. Right Effort - put all effort into it
  • 7. Right Mindfulness be fully aware of them
  • 8. Right Meditation immerse yourself in it.

Core Teachings Eight-fold Path
  • 1. Right View (Samma-Ditthi) Complete or
    Perfect Vision. Vision of the nature of reality
    and the path of transformation.
  • 2. Right Thought (Samma-Sankappa) Perfected
    Emotion or Aspiration, also translated as right
    thought or attitude. Liberating emotional
    intelligence in your life and acting from love
    and compassion. An informed heart and feeling
    mind that are free to practice letting go.
  • 3. Right Speech (Samma-Vaca) Perfected or whole
    Speech. Also called right speech. Clear,
    truthful, uplifting and non-harmful
  • 4. Right Action (Samma-Kammanta) Integral
    Action. An ethical foundation for life based on
    the principle of non-exploitation of oneself and
    others. The five precepts.

Core Teachings Eight-fold Path
  • 5. Right Livelihood (Samma-Ajiva) Proper
    Livelihood. This is a livelihood based on correct
    action the ethical principal of non-exploitation.
    The basis of an Ideal society.
  • 6. Right Effort (Samma-Vayama) Complete or Full
    Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right
    effort or diligence. Consciously directing our
    life energy to the transformative path of
    creative and healing action that fosters
    wholeness. Conscious evolution.
  • 7. Right Mindfulness (Samma-Sati) Complete or
    Thorough Awareness. Also called "right
    mindfulness". Developing awareness. Levels of
    Awareness and mindfulness - of things, oneself,
    feelings, thought, people and Reality.
  • 8. Right Meditation (Samma-Samadhi) Full,
    Integral or Holistic meditatated concentration.
    Breiging the whole being in various levels or
    modes of consciousness and awareness. This is
    Samadhi in the sense of enlightenment or

Core Teachings Five Precepts
  • Guidelines for Buddhists on everyday living (the
  • 1. No killing.
  • 2. No stealing.
  • 3. No adultery.
  • 4. No lying.
  • 5. No drinking (expanding to - no getting high on

Not a religion of faith
  • Buddhists do not believe in a single God or
    single Creator.
  • Buddha himself never claimed to be a God.
  • He was a first known teacher who taught the path
    to enlighten from his own experience.
  • Before him and after him there are many other
    Buddhas (awaken ones).
  • The Buddha image represents the ideals and ideas
    behind the teaching. (Buddhist structures adapt
    to the local cultures.)

It is a systems of beliefs
  • Started with the teachings of Buddha the
  • Understanding the teachings through you own
    experience and investigation.
  • Constantly developed and enhanced by the great
    masters, teachers.
  • Very organic, it grows with the understanding of
    the practitioners.
  • Each has its own practices, these practices
    enhance the beliefs.

Buddhas Words on Teachings
  • In Kalama Sutta, Buddha said
  • Dont believe anything in mere hearsay.
  • Dont believe traditions because they happen to
    be old and have been passed down through many
  • Dont believe anything because people talk a lot
    about it.
  • Dont believe solely because the written
    testimony of some ancient wise man is shown to
  • Never believe anything that begs to be taken for
    granted, or because ancient precedent tempts you
    to regard as true.
  • And dont believe anything on the mere authority
    of your teachers.

What do we believe in
  • Buddha Nature of beings.
  • Free from reincarnation (Perpetual cycle of
    Birth - Death).
  • Salvation from transformation of suffering.
  • Precepts
  • Abstain from killing.
  • Abstain from stealing.
  • Abstain from adultery.
  • Abstain from lying.
  • Abstain from intoxicants.
  • Concentration (Meditation)
  • Wisdom

Common beliefs system
  • Suffering Emptiness Impermanence - Non-Self.
  • Cause and Effects (Dependent Origination).
  • Karma.
  • Reincarnation.

What do we practice
  • Cultivate the goodness and peace in oneself by
  • Observing Precepts (Abstain from killing -
    Abstain from stealing - Abstain from adultery -
    Abstain from lying -Abstain from intoxicants.),
    Meditation (concentration) , Wisdom (awakening)
  • Compassion - Wisdom
  • Reduce greed hatred - ignorance.

Different schools in Buddhism
  • There are different sects of Buddhism such as
    Theravada, Mahayana and their branches. Because
    the emphasis changes from country to country due
    to customs and culture. What does not vary is the
    essence of the teaching - the Dhamma or truth.
  • Therevada is the earliest available teachings of
    the Buddha which are to be found in Pali
    literature. So it may be called the most Orthodox
    shool of Buddhism. Allthese countries Sri Lanka,
    India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and
    Bangladesh... have accepted the principles of the
    Theravada schools.

Different schools in Buddhism
  • Mahayana is more of an umbrella body for a great
    variety of schools (Tantra, Pure Land and
    Zen...)which are to be developed later and found
    in Sanskrit, Chinese literatures. Tibet, China,
    Mongolia, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Nepal and
    indonesia etc... have followedthis Mahayana

Buddhist Views of other religions
  • Buddhism is also a belief system which is
    tolenrant ofall other beliefs or religions.
    Buddhism agrees withthe moral teachings of other
    religions but Buddhismgoes further by providing
    a long term purpose withinour existence, through
    wisdom and true understand.
  • Real Buddhism is very tolerant and not concerned
    withlabels like 'Christian', 'Moslem', 'Hindu'
    or 'Buddhist', that is why in Buddhist history
    there have never been any warsfought in the name
    of Buddhism.
  • That is why Buddhists do not try preach and
    toconvert, only explain if an explanation is

Credits and References
  • Lecture and notes Ven. Gioi Huong - MSOE April
    27, 2006
  • John Allan Eight-fold path Buddhanet.net
  • Various Buddhist images from Buddhist websites.
  • Contacts
  • Thich Nu Gioi Huong thichnugioihuong_at_yahoo.com
  • Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple www.phuochau.com
  • 1575 W. Oklahoma Ave. Milwaukee, WT 53215
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