Although the Buddhist scripture was originally written in ancient Pali and Sanskrit, the Buddha didn’t speak either of those.
The word “Karma” means “deed” or “action” in the ancient Sanskrit language and is a central teaching to all schools of Buddhism, and all teachings and interpretations of the Dharma.
You probably have seen statues or paintings of the Buddha doing different gestures with his hands, which are called “Mudras”.
Have you ever wondered why the Buddha may be lying down in one statue, but standing in another? Do they actually mean anything? Well yes they do!
Buddhism has various sets of rules known as “precepts”, which are similar to commandments or ethical rules in other religions except that they were not commanded by a god or supernatural being.
Animals in Buddhism are important because it helps illuminate a Buddhists relation to nature, kindness, humanistic ideas, and to further show the relationship between Buddhist theory and practice.
There are many news reports, stories, and postings on the internet regarding “Buddhist Violence” and “Buddhist Terror”. However, there is no such thing as “Buddhist Violence” as Buddhism does not teach nor condone it.
Why are there so many different types of Buddhism? Find out here!
A Bodhisattva (aka “bodhisatta”) is a person who is committed to attaining enlightenment (becoming a Buddha) in order to help all sentient beings.
You will see the lotus flower in many Buddhism images because it is highly symbolic of Buddhism in general.