Nowadays , many westerners are looking for a spiritual renewal.
Buddhism and its practices such as yoga and meditation can provide an answer as well as mental and physical wellness.
Westerners who often have a stressful lifestyle show growing interest for Asian spirituality and its culture.
Teachings from Buddhism encourage serenity and compassion , better self-knowledge, and listening to others . This is astray from many people's daily life, but Buddhism teaches us that if we want to change the world around us, we have to start by changing ourselves.
With half a million practicants, Buddhism is the fourth religion of the world after christianity, islam and hindouism.
Buddha, commonly known as Sakyamuni (Wise of the Sakya clan ), comes from the noble clan of Kapilavastu , on the border Indo-Nepalese war and received high education. At thirty, becoming aware of the ills of humanity , he went wandering asceticism, and fasting for seven years. Through the vision of the whole universe he achieved his awakening to the supreme knowledge, under the Bodhi tree . Henceforth it will be called Buddha, ' the Enlightened One ', or Siddartha , "He who has reached his goal".
Then he discovered an ' average way ' between the vain enjoyment and renunciation. This awakening brought to him the revelation of the cycle of reincarnation and his hard causality, but also the way of escape based on four ' noble truths ', which focuses on the universality of suffering , its origin, its destruction and the spiritual path to achieve it .
Wanting to share his discoveries, Buddha went renouncing his supreme annihilation into nirvana .
Newborn Buddha was deposited on a lotus by a deity . His mother, Queen Maya , who died seven days after the birth of his son , would have developed her baby through her right side after having dreamed that a white elephant with six tusks pierced her breast.
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. And the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
" There is no one who is born under an unlucky star , there are only people who do not read the sky. "
"Men ... lose health to accumulate money, then they lose money to get healthy . And thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they end up not live neither the present nor the future. they live as if they were never going to die ... and die as though they had never lived . "
" Some people watch the mud at the bottom of the pond , and others contemplate the lotus flower on the surface of the water. This is a choice.
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