Buddhism: What YOU Didn’t Know!

From its ancient origins to the fact that
the statue you THINK is Buddha…isn’t really him…stay tuned to number 1 to find out 10
things you need to know about Buddhism! Number 10: The Name. It may seem odd to consider, but the name
Buddhism is a term that is used by everyone else who doesn’t partake in the practice. It actually came from the West of all things. And what’s more, it wasn’t coined until the
1830’s! That’s about 2,200 hundreds years after the
start of the religion as a whole. I mean, when you look at it from an objective
point of view, you can understand why they called it that, the religion emanates from
their holy figure, known as Buddha. So, the name Buddhism isn’t too far of a stretch
in terms of naming. But that’s technically not what the religion
is called, it’s just what the Western scholars thought would be a good name for it. Just goes to show you that sometimes what
you think is fact is really just something that someone made up all together. Makes you question what else is out there
that has a similar origin… Number 9: The Origins Of Buddha. Buddha, as he is called, is the man who helped
organize the belief of what we called Buddhism, but an interesting truth about the man is
that many don’t know where he came from, or why he went down the path that he did. For example, his name wasn’t Buddha, it was
Siddhartha Gautama. He lived in the 5th Century BC and, despite
what his life would end up being, he most definitely wasn’t poor…he wasn’t even close. He actually came from a very rich family. In fact, he was actually a prince in Nepal,
or the lands that would become Nepal, more accurately. However, as time went on, he started to see
and sympathize with the poverty and suffering that was going on in the world. So, he rejected his fortune and tried to become
one of the lower class citizens. But, he soon found that this didn’t help his
desire to help others. So, he came up with the now famous “Middle
Way”, to become one who had enough to live on, but wasn’t lording over those with vast
wealth. A true middle of the road solution. According to legends, after six years of doing
this Middle Way, he found enlightenment, and started to teach others this path. And thus, Buddhism was born. Number 8: Buddha Is Not A God. Before we talk about deity in Buddhism, take
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below! In just about every pantheon or religion,
there is a deity figure that is held up in high regards. God or Jesus in Christianity, Allah in Islam,
Zeus in Greek Mythology, and so forth. But in regards to Buddhism, that is not the
case. And when you think about how it all came to
be, and how it’s meant to be taught, it makes sense. You might be thinking, though, “Isn’t Buddha
their God?” It’s easy to think that, as he was a key,
central figure in making the religion what it was. But to the followers of Buddha, he’s not a
god, rather, he’s a teacher figure. One that is meant to be honored, or respected,
in terms of the impact he made on the world, but not a deity to be openly praised. Think of it like how the Christian faith praises
the disciples of Jesus for all that they did during and after his time on the Earth. They’re figures that helped spread the faith,
but they themselves are not gods. Plus, Buddha and his teaching were about finding
a balance in life, and being a god would greatly break that balance, which is something that
he would never have wanted. Number 7: Do Your Dharma, Get Good Karma. So that begs the question then, “What do Buddhists
believe?” This has been a bit misconstrued at times,
because we hear words like Dharma and Karma but don’t exactly have the right meaning for
them. So, allow me to explain in simplistic terms
what it means. Buddhism is about deeds at a very core level. Specifically, the deeds you do, in this world,
are one that will ascertain just how well you do in the afterlife. Dharma is the act of doing good deeds, and
the more good deeds you do, the more Karma (think of thing as good will points) you get
in the afterlife. However, if you don’t do these things, you’ll
get negative Karma, which can lead to you not getting into the next stage of life. When that happens, you get reincarnated and
get another chance to try and be good. In a way, this is one of the few religions
that actually preaches doing good deeds in order to do well into the afterlife. Others sometimes gloss over what you need
to do, or how much you should do. While Buddhism gives you a hard line on what
needs to be done. Number 6: Who Is The Dalai Lama? Another big misconception about the Buddhist
faith is the role of the Dalai Lama. A very visual figure in the world, he’s often
likened to that of the Pope in Catholic faith, but that’s not exactly what’s going on here. It’s actually a bit more complex. His role is more centralized, to the extent
that Tibetan followers of Buddhism follow the Dalai Lama and his teachings. The rest of the world do not. Which is a stark difference to the Pope who
is revered throughout the Catholic faith. The process to finding the next Dalai Lama
is one that is a bit of a mind boggler. For they don’t look for ones who are the most
qualified, or the most peaceful, or what not. Rather, they go and look for ones who seem
to be the reincarnated form of the last Dalai Lama. For real. This may seem like a random process, but it’s
one that’s been done for many generations, and it ties into their desire to find the
next form of another person. The person is found through visions and dreams. Number 5: Their Temples Aren’t What You’d
Expect When you hear the word “temple”, you either
think of a place where people worship a god, or go to make prayers and other such practices. And while that is a feature of most Buddhist
temples…it’s not exactly all that’s going on there. Because, to the Buddhists, there’s no need
for worship, as they don’t technically have a god to pray to or praise. You can pray for guidance, of course, from
the Buddha, but most times, people go to there to learn, or to meditate. That may seem odd, but think about it like
this, those who practice Buddhism are aiming to make a better world, so through this, pray
and worship isn’t a way to fulfill this goal. But, with education, and even getting classes
at these temples, as there are lecture halls in them, the people will learn how to better
go down the path they want to take. And in Buddhism, taking steps down that path
is everything. Number 4: Vegetarian Lifestyle Isn’t Required. A lot of people have an “image” of a Buddhist
monk in terms of how they look, how they dress, and most importantly to some, what they eat. One misconception about Buddhism is that if
you decide to partake in this religion, you’ll need to become a vegetarian. And maintain that lifestyle for as long as
you are on the path. This is both correct and incorrect, let me
explain. It’s true in the sense that most who practice
Buddhism have a desire to not kill things. So in essence, that means that you can’t kill
animals, which would mean that you can’t eat meat. Non-violence is a major teaching in most branches
of Buddhism. However, the practice of eating meat itself
is not condemned, just the means. So by that token, there are loopholes. Such as eating meat from an animal that is
already dead. Because you yourself did not kill the creature. So whether by nature or another hand, the
creature is a gift to you, and so the meat is ok to be eaten. You should be ready to become a vegetarian
if you decide to take on Buddhism, but you don’t have to go fully if you don’t want to. Number 3: Women Have A Much Harder Path… Sadly, the world today doesn’t fully believe
in equal rights in regards to men and women, and if you look at many of the ancient, or
older, religions, you’ll see that women aren’t exactly the most revered people in the stories
and legends. Buddhism, sadly, is no different. In fact, it’s stated in the teachings that
women actually will have a much harder time trying to reach true enlightenment than men
have. What’s more, the faith believes that Buddha
will be reincarnated, or has been in the past, but all depictions of him have been male. Going even further down this rabbit hole,
a woman can never be the Dalai Lama in the current faith. Which means they can never achieve one of
the highest honors in the religion. It’s possible that this could change over
time, but at present, it’s not looking good. Number 2. Big Buddha. If there’s one thing that the modern world
has taught us, it’s that we like to exaggerate the looks of certain people to match “our
beliefs” of what they exactly looked like, and Buddha is no different. If you were to look up pictures of Buddha,
or more specifically Buddha statues, you would find a rather chubby guy with a big smile. That’s not Buddha. In fact, Buddha was documented as being very
skinny, which would make sense as he did intentionally live in poverty for six years. And even after achieving enlightenment in
his life, he wouldn’t have gorged himself on food as that would betray the middle path
he was aiming for. If you’re curious who the “Smiling Buddha”
is…that would be a Chinese man named Budai, who also achieved enlightenment. Guess that detail got lost in translation. Number 1: Buddhism Was Born Out Of Hinduism. Funny enough, Buddhism itself wasn’t just
created by Buddha. During his early life as a prince, he was
a follower of Hinduism. But, as his life went on, he started to feel
as though the teachings of the practice wasn’t enough to give him the fulfilling life he
desired, and desired to give out to others. So, he took certain principles from it, and
then adapted it into his own practice. Ironically, though, Buddhism was founded in
India, where Hinduism has a massive following, but the practice of Buddhism, itself, doesn’t
have very many followers in India. Have you ever looked into Buddhism? Let us know what you’ve learned in the comments
below and…take care!

Jerry Heath


  1. Even though I’m not a Buddhist, I always enjoy learning new things and today I did. Great vid bro.

  2. Oh now you wanna touch religion i see how it is first the german shit now this.

  3. In the story like Christ confronted the devil.He confronted a Hindu demon while in conversion to enlightenment.

  4. I new the fat Buddha wasn't him.But i never new it was a whole nother guy.I thought the figure was made to represent being fill with peace.So much that you were spirtualy fat.

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