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Myths And Facts About Buddhism


Myths And Facts About Buddhism

It is very easy to get a false picture in our head about something we do not know much about. We may just have heard fascinating stories about it or perhaps read about it. And, this is most common with religions or philosophies which we do not practice. Sadly, these misunderstandings is sometimes the sole reason for discrimination and prejudice too.


One such religion is Buddhism, which is often misunderstood even if it is practiced by millions of people all over the world. It had its origins about 2,500 years ago when Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha attained enlightenment at the age of 35.


Let us help you break down some popular myths and facts about the practice of Buddhism.


- Myth


Buddha was God


Fact


First, the Buddha was not a God nor did he ever claim to be one. He was a normal man who attained enlightenment through his own efforts.


- Myth


Buddhists worship God


Fact


Unlike many other religion, Buddhism is not about worshipping idols or a person. It is about following a path which is the reason why Buddhism is considered to be more of a philosophy than a religion.


- Myth


All Buddhists refrain from eating meat


Fact


Buddhists monks are vegetarians but not all Buddhists are vegetarian. It depends on the sect of Buddhism you follow.


- Myth


All Buddhists wear robes


Fact


While it is quite noticeable that some monks and priests who are ardent followers of the Buddha do wear robes, however it is not compulsory for every Buddhist to wear robes.


- Myth


Buddhist believe in strenuous meditation


Fact


While it is true that meditation is often identified as a part of an active Buddhist lifestyle. But in reality apart from the monks and priests, majority of the Buddhist population may not have meditated throughout history. Again the importance of meditation also depends largely on the sect of Buddhism that you adhere to.


- Myth


Buddhist believe in suffering


Fact


This is a popular belief that Buddhist welcome suffering into their lives which is absolutely not true. But they try to take a positive approach towards handling problems and other hurdles. Buddhist rather see suffering as an opportunity to grow and become stronger in order to become a compete person.


- Myth


Buddhists believe in rebirth


Fact


Yes, this is true! Buddhist believe in rebirth, however we should not confuse this with reincarnation. In rebirth, emotions and memories are not carried forward rather it is just a small imprint of all of these which is better known as karma.


- Myth


Buddhist have single set of beliefs


Fact


This is a misconception as there are many different schools of Buddhism with different belief. It is less of a fixed set of beliefs coerced on people but a teaching which everyone and anyone can learn and use it in their own way.


Buddhism is extremely popular as a way of life rather than a religion because it explains a purpose to life. Its beliefs provide a code of practice, a way of life which can lead to true happiness.

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