An Outline of Buddhism

(Amaravati Publications)


The Buddhist Path



Wisdom (+The 4 Noble Truths)

Following the Path

A GREAT VARIETY of forms of religious practice are associated with the word 'Buddhism'. However, they all take Siddhattha Gotama, who lived and taught in northern India some 2,500 years ago, as their source or inspiration. It was he who in historical times became known as the 'Buddha'- that is 'the Awakened One', one who has attained great wisdom through their own efforts. The Buddha did not write anything down, but left a remarkable legacy in the form of a teaching (the Dhamma) that was at first orally transmitted by the religious Order (the Sangha) that he founded and personally guided for forty-five years.

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