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INSPIRATION XV: Buddha’s Teachings

Sudhir Parikh

I.   Last time, we briefly covered that Adi Shankara included Buddha as the 9th Incarnation of Vishnu.  Some years back, when we visited Lumbini, his Birth Place, I noticed that the PanchShil – 5 Teachings of Buddha were very close to Patanjali’s 5 Yamas.  1. Ahimsa – Non-Violence, 2.  Satya – Truth, 3. Asteya – Non-stealing, 4. BhramhacHarya – No illicit Sex, 5 In place of Aparigraha   - Non-Hoarding, he called for No use of Drugs or non-toxicants.  

Here is the Link that explains in English:  you may have to Cut and paste


We also had Darshan of his exact Birth place (in Palace) and they have put tablet of his Lotus Feet.  It is worth visiting once in a lifetime!   There are many exhibits by different countries, which practices Buddhism! 

II.   Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami …..

Gautama Buddha



What is the meaning of 'sangham saranam gachhami' in Bauddha Darshan, and why did Buddha call it so?

6 Answers

ajeev Singh

Rajeev Singh, works at New Delhi

Answered May 26, 2017 Â· Author has 77 answers and 38.7k answer views

The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha are three most precious jewels in Buddhism.

The Buddha is a teacher

The dharma is teachings of Buddha

The Sangha is the community of monks and hermits where dharma is imparted

Budhham sharanam gachhami, Dhammam sharanam gachhami , Sangham sharanam gachhami meaning I take refuge in Buddha , I take refuge in dharma and I take refuge in Sangha.

The Sangha is a community of monks and hermits who lead life of self-purity, detachment and unresponsiveness towards temptation of senses. The three ideals of a monastic life are poverty, celibacy and ability to remain peaceful in all situations. Monks live a simple life-no sex, no possession apart from begging bowl and prayer beads. Compassion is the corner stone of Buddhism so no one should be harmed. Monks are also required to avoid wearing perfumes and adornments, avoid handling money,  avoid eating too much & eating after midday and sleeping too much.

We know that that Buddhism was a complex ethico-philosophical movement grew around teachings of Gautama, the Buddha. In many aspects his teachings are antithesis of whatever was in practice already. Monastic order or sangha is one of them. Earlier it was not necessary for a seeker to renounce his family and then pursue a spiritual life.

III.  Very Powerful Mantra  of Buddhism is  â€œOm Mani Padme hum”

When we went to Kailas in 2004, we heard this beautiful chanting known as Tibetan Incantations playing all over Katmandu, Chinese Villages on the way to ManSarovar & Kailas:

Must Listen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP05JHf8Q2g&index=5&list=PLT51fifxfD45_hg71_SG6jZqORViZBWzu

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