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Buddhism is Neither Pessimistic nor Optimistic... It is only Realistic - Buddhism is more a Philosophy or A Way of Life rather than a Religion, because:

Tuesday, 17 February 2009 - 1:41 AM SL Time

(a.) Only the people who have the wisdom could comprehend the philosophy. This perhaps is the reason why Buddha at the beginning, hesitated in preaching what he revealed. Dhamma Chakka Pavathna Sutra was eventually preached to five disciples (Pasvaga Mahanun) who held the Wisdom to listen and understood the Philosophy.

More over, Buddha never forced to accept what he preached out of respect for him. He expected listeners to analyze everything and accept if convinced true.

(b) During Buddha`s time, there were two main Yoga Systems in India those were:

Atthakila Mathanu Yoga and

- Kamasukallikanu Yoga which were two extremisms that were diametrically opposing systems which Buddha rejected. In Buddhism, it is the Middle Path i.e. no extremism. This alone is an evidence why we must consider that Buddhism is neither Pessimistic nor Optimistic. It is only Realistic. Hence Buddhists must avoid talking only about Suffering. The Noble Eightfold Path do not talk about Suffering it talks only about the realities and ways to bring about Happiness to all living beings and avoid suffering.

(c) For those who do not have the required Wisdom, there is no choice but to stick to Rituals, Offering, Praying etc. to various forms of Gods etc. to bring about the Protection and Conservation that we bring at birth.

(d) Buddhism is not a religion because when we talk about life after death, we consider a creator, soul, day of judgment, hell , heaven and similar things. Life will not exist after death for those who attained Nibbana at the end of the cycle of birth death. Lord Buddha when born as Prince Siddhartha, said that was his last life. So are the others including Arahants who will not be reborn.

Therefore by definition as well in reality, Buddhism is not a Religion.

Also as Buddhists, we must not dwell in the past while lamenting over the bad deeds done. Also we must not dwell in the future too because that is a sure way for regrets and disappointments. We must live in the present and move on.

When analyzing the Buddha`s Noble Eight-Fold Path, it is clear that both pessimistic and optimistic views have no place. Only the Realistic Nature becomes prominent.

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Only the people who have the wisdom could comprehend the philosophy.

This explains why the SL Buddhists have made a mockery of Buddhism.

In Buddhism, it is the Middle Path i.e. no extremism.

You should be joking. Sri Lankan Buddhists are only second to a few extreme Jiahadists of certain Islamic countries.

(c) For those who do not have the required Wisdom, there is no choice but to stick to Rituals, Offering, Praying etc. to various forms of Gods etc. to bring about the Protection and Conservation that we bring at birth.

This is interesting considering the amount of Buddhists going to Kataragama, Dalada Maligawa and even St. Anthony's Church.

Buddhism is not a religion

I think more non Buddhists than Buddhists understood this.
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LK Information  16 Feb 2009 19:59:36 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Is buddha's story real or myth like mahawamsa?
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DVLADV:

We Sri Lankan Buddhists meed lot of Soul - searching to do.

Kobakarapulle:

You need to read and understand for your knowledge.
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AnuD,
What do you think about previous Buddhas before Gauthama Buddha? When did the Kaashyapa Buddha live ? Where ? are there any archeological evidence ?
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Emperor74:

With respect to Archaological evidence. I read in a book, that they had excavated some Buddhist Statues from India but, those statues did not correspond to the Gauthama Buddha time.

Other evidence comes from Buddha-self. For example, what Buddhist Books say, even a Private (PAtheyaka) buddha lived under the same Bo Tree that Siddharatha Bodhisathwa became Buddha and a daity had mentioned to that Private Buddha and he went into Parinirvana just 07 days before this Buddha, and there are many talks By Buddha.
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Emperor74:

For some time, I wanted to ask you a question.

IN your absence, some one wrote, that you had written about a HELA group missing from Greeks.

Do you remember anything like that.
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AnuD,
Thanks a lot for your infos. Never knew those things about Past Buddhas and Pasebudu .One more interesting thing, one Australian Prof. told me that the 'animistic' rituals practiced by australian Aborigines are infact an earlier form of Buddhism , which dates beyond the time of Gautama Buddha. He even told me Aborigines believe in cycle of life which ends up by attaining a stage similar to Nirwana.

As for the missing link between Hela and Heli from Greeks meaning 'From the sun' i raised this theme one day with Galiiba , one of my friends (who took care of our house while we were away).

In the Pioneer 10, the first satellite projected to the deep universe in order to find out extra terrestrial living beings , scientists have recorded thousands of languages used in the planet. Among them the second language was the Sinhalese, the reason was 'Hela' dereiving from the Greek word 'Heli' (Coming from the sun).
Since i don t know much about this subject one day i asked him to ask you , who has a profound knowledge on our language . That is it ! :)
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'Hela' dereiving from the Greek word 'Heli' (Coming from the sun).
Since i don t know much about this subject one day i asked him to ask you , who has a profound knowledge on our language . That is it ! :)


I direct this to another one who knows it for sure.
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Emperor:

Thanks a lot for your infos. Never knew those things about Past Buddhas and Pasebudu .


IF you inquire around INdia, Some Indian museums have archaeological evidence with respect to previous Buddhas.

I have one book which Says, Still Arahant Maha Kasyapa's body is there in hiding. Arahant had made a wish not to cremate it until the next Buddha is born.

Edited By - AnuD - 16 Feb 2009 23:25:47 GMT
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