12 LESSER KNOWN FACTS OF BUDDHISM

12 LESSER KNOWN FACTS OF BUDDHISM

Buddhism is the 4th largest practiced in religion in the world but it was found in India. Many people know about Gautam Buddha & Buddhism but there are certain facts that are lesser known about Buddhism.

In this article we will look at 12 not so famous facts of Buddhism. This article is just for information purpose and has no specific agenda behind. Readers use their discretion accordingly.

Fact 1:

Buddhism is a Nastik tradition which means it does not believe or follow Vedas, yet they have almost all the devas & devis mentioned in Vedas like Brahma, Indra, Varuna, etc.

Fact 2:

There are three major schools of Buddhism found in the world Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana.

Theravad is considered as the doctrine of the elders. It has its strong roots in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Burma (Myanmar). It has kept & preserved all the Buddha teachings in form of Scriptures written in Pali Language(old Indian language) and does not accepts Mahayana Sutras. Theravada Buddhism is sometimes called ‘Southern Buddhism’.

Mahayana is mainly practiced in China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam Nepal, Malaysia & Bhutan. It mostly believes that anyone can become a bodhisattva by rising his/her bodhi

Vajrayāna along with Mantrayāna, Guhyamantrayāna, Tantrayāna, Tantric Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism are names referring to Buddhist traditions associated with Tantra and “Secret Mantra”. It is believed that such schools of thought were developed in the medieval Indian subcontinent and spread to Tibet, East Asia, Mongolia and other Himalayan states. Buddha taught this to only certain people like Vajragarbha, Pishunvajri, Mohvajri, Shvetachal, Pitachal, Raktachal)

Fact 3:

Vajrayana Buddhism also acknowledges existence of Tridev. In Hevajra Tantram Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh are addressed with name Vairochana, Akshobhya, & Amogha. PG45 Hevajra Tantram

Fact 4:

In some schools Vajrayana Buddhism certain extreme Tantric rituals are also practiced which includes alcohol consumption, meant consumption and indulging into sexual activities. This might look ridiculous to many of us but mind you just like main stream Buddhism all these practices have one purpose awaken the Buddha within.

Fact 5:

During the reign of Buddha and couple of centuries after his death Buddhism spread all over India but mainly in Magadha which present day Bihar, Jharkhand & Bengal. It’s political influence was so strong that the contemporary ruling structure formed by Vedic Brahmins was at serious threat.

Fact 6:

Real name of Buddha was Siddhartha Gotam but he was also known by many names out of which these were very famous. Shakhyamuni, Tathagata & Bhagwan. Shakhyamuni means Rishis of Shakhya Clan, Tathagata literally means that who has achieved param gati(optimum speed) and Bhagwan means the blessed one.

Fact 7:

Although Buddhism is famous for non violence and Buddha himself gave special emphasis to Ahimsa but according to Lalitavistara he was born in a kshatriya family and was an expert in the art of battlefield.

Fact 8:

It is believed that Gotama Buddha led an extremely luxurious & spoilt life before leaving his house. After leaving home he did tapasya so intense that his bones were visible through his skin and then he realized that extremes will not work, and so he chose the middle path which is considered by many as meditation.

Fact 9:

Zen or Chan Buddhism popular in China & Japan was actually spread over there by a South Indian named Bodhidharma. This Bodhidharma was known as Daruma in Japan and Daoma in China and is also considered as founder of Shaolin Kungfu & Pre Japanese Traditional Karate.

Fact 10:

Tibetian Buddhist are the only culture in the entire world who have developed this extra ordinary vocal ability by activating their second Vocal Cords. By doing this when they chant they are able to amplify their tone.

Fact 11:

Buddha Poornima is considered as Buddha’s birthdate by some and some others believe he got enlightened on that day which comes on full moon day of vaisakh month. But in Japan they celebrate 8th April as Buddha’s Birthday.

In Japan, which does not use a lunar calendar, the Buddha’s birth is celebrated on April 8. The celebration there has merged with a native Shintō ceremony into the flower festival known as Hanamatsuri.

Fact 12:

He is considered as one of the 10 avatars of Vishnu

So, these were the 12 lesser known facts on Buddhism. Hope this article was insightful.

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