Notes about the practices of Buddhists across time and place. Course Buddhism through its scriptures Edx notes
Last Updated: September 25, 2023 by Pepe Sandoval
Assertions about religions that arises from the recognition of the distinction between devotional expression and the nonsectarian study
Religions are internally diverse as opposed to uniform; Aside from the obvious formal differences within traditions represented by differing sects or expressions there are differences within sects or expressions because religious communities function in different social/political contexts
Religions evolve and change over time as opposed to being ahistorical and static; Religions exist in time and space and are constantly interpreted and reinterpreted by believers
Religious influences are embedded in all dimensions of culture as opposed to the assumption that religions function in discrete, isolated, "private" contexts. Religions are collections of ideas, practices, values, and stories that are all embedded in cultures and not separable from them.
The basic principles of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dhamma (his teachings), and Sangha (the community of his noble disciples), also known as the Triple Gem or the Triple Refuge
The act of going for refuge marks the point where one commits oneself to taking the Buddha's teaching, as the primary guide to one's life.
Buddhism is not a theistic religion — the Buddha is not a god
One of the Buddha's central teachings is that human life is fraught with dangers (greed, anger, delusion...) and the mind is the source both of the dangers and of release
On the external:
On the internal level