What is Buddhism?

"Bhante Piyadassi, what is Buddhism, please?" I began.

Wheel of Life He gestured gracefully, "Buddhism is not merely a religion; it is also a whole civilization with its historical background: it’s literature, art, and philosophy. Buddhism touches all aspects of human life — the social, economical, ethical, intellectual, spiritual, and mental development leading to enlightenment and nirvana. That is the goal of Buddhism — nirvana, or perfect peace and happiness."

I reflected how hard it is to take any of the world’s religions and make them fit into a simple box. Obviously, a religion which is alive and helping humanity becomes deeply involved in all aspects of a society.






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