Introduction to Buddhism

There is a great deal of suffering in a life of anyone who was born to this world. Buddhism helps understand this realty and reveals the one and only path to free one’s self from this entire suffering. Buddhism is the Dhamma that consists of discourses preached by the Buddha. The Dhamma was well taught with a comparable beginning, middle, and an end. Irrelevant of the time of practicing, the Dhamma can be understood in this very own life. Anyone can be asked to come and witness it. Like a person uses a mirror to see the reflected image of himself, a disciple needs to see his/her own life with the mirror of Dhamma. One of the main characteristics of the Dhamma is its ability to open/prepare someone’s mind to realize it according to the person’s wisdom. This is why the Dhamma is remarkable and esteemed.
Some people identify Buddhism as a philosophy. In a way, it is correct. The philosophy of the Buddha is the truth or the exact way of the world. Because the teachings of the Buddha allow one to attain Nibbāna ending the suffering of being in the repeating cycle of life, aging, sickness, and death, Buddhism can also be considered as a religion.
The Buddha is the greatest human being that has ever been born in this world. He is the most fortunate one who freed himself from craving, anger and the delusional state we are in because of the ignorance of the four noble truths. He followed the Eightfold Path by Himself and realized the Dhamma without a teacher. The Buddha was a miraculous person with a tremendous wisdom. With this miraculous wisdom, He could see the past lives of other beings, find out where one has been born after the death, see any object at any distance, listen to sounds at any distance, walk in the sky, and penetrate any solid substances including the ground, move inside of it, and come out of it from a different place like swimming in the water. He could also walk on the water like on the floor, go through any kind of barriers like mountains or walls, and touch the sun, the moon, and the stars. He lived a life according to the experience He gained from His wisdom after purifying Himself from all defilements. In order to purify himself from the defilements, He sought after the path to Nibbāna and found it. Following this path, He attained the great Nibbāna. He saw, understood, and freed himself from all the worlds including human, animal, and the worlds that a normal human eye cannot see. There were dangerous, misbehaved, and stubborn animals, humans, and divine beings at the Buddha’s time. They could not be controlled by a normal person or a god, but the Buddha was able to control, calm, and finally to show them the bliss of Nibbāna with His wisdom and kindness. He is also the one true teacher to humans and to gods because He is the only leader who can show them the path to free their lives from suffering. The ultimate purpose of the dawn of a Buddha’s era is to show the innocent beings the path to Nibbāna or to shed the light of Four Noble Truths on to the lives of many. The Buddha taught us the Dhamma, which includes the Four Noble Truths, composed of clear and excellent words and meanings so that others can understand it well. He who is with such remarkable qualities is certainly the most fortunate of all beings. The Buddha is such a person who lived about 2553 years ago and is still the greatest person to be ever lived in this world.
One day, the Buddha addressed Aananda Thero and said “Dear Aananda, you might think ‘isn’t this a doctrine of a teacher who has passed away? So, we don’t have a teacher now.’ Dear Aananda, don’t ever think in that way. Aananda, the Dhamma and the discipline I taught you will be the teacher for you after I die.” It is clear from this statement that if the Dhamma is spared even after so many years of the Buddha’s passing away, one will still be able to see Him alive through the Dhamma he taught us. Hence, the Dhamma will be our refuge. We shall therefore act according to the Dhamma without being regret about our teacher’s death. It is that Dhamma we will be presenting in our website.
The Buddha is not a god neither a normal human being. He was a noble man, and became the greatest among humans (and deities) attaining the Nibbāna after he was born as a human.
The Buddha has an excellent behavior beyond normal human nature, and is only seen in another Buddha. Vēranja Brahmin one day asked the Buddha “why aren’t you worship or admire the old and matured people?” The Buddha answered him “dear Brahmin, let’s say a chicken has eight, ten, or twelve eggs. When that chicken warms its eggs sitting on them without caring about the bad chicken smell it is making, the chicks will one day come out from those eggs. Dear Brahmin, the chick who will come out first by breaking the egg shell will be the eldest of all. Dear Brahmin, every being in every world is trapped within an egg known as ignorance. These poor people don’t know how to free themselves from it. In fact, I am the first to break that shell of ignorance and free myself from the suffering in which everyone is being trapped. This is why I became the greatest person among all beings of all worlds. I realized the truth of life without any guidance of a teacher. Thus, I became the Supreme Buddha (Sammā Sambuddha). This is why I am the eldest person of the entire world.”

According to this discussion, the Buddha is the eldest and the greatest of all because He was the first to realize the Four Noble Truths or the truth of the world and to attain the Nibbāna by overcoming the ignorance. Thus, who else is there to worship or to admire more highly than to our teacher, the Gautama Buddha?

What the Buddha taught us was the Four Noble Truths. All of the Buddha’s teachings including every skill correspond to good deeds and insightful information consisted of these four noble truths. It is like the foot print of the largest elephant in the forest. Foot prints all other animals can be fitted into that elephant’s foot print.
Introduction to Buddhism

Mahamevnawa is an organization of monasteries established for the sake of spiritual development of human beings through the teachings of the Sakyamuni Buddha who was born in 500 B.C. Our only wish is to give you spiritual help in order to make your mind pure which is useful for the realization of Nibbana: the unbounded liberation. Now we have already established over 50 branch monasteries to give you a more space to practice spiritual life. In this purpose, there are thousands of people who have joined with us to practice this joyful spiritual life together. Now, we have spent 17 years with you, with our pure service.

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Meditation heals your human life more than by any other means. It also makes your life more meaningful. Practicing meditation is a remarkable way to develop your mind. It is our teacher, the Supreme Buddha, who first taught us the possibility of developing our minds. The Supreme Buddha developed His mind to the highest level first and showed it to us. Thus, the technique that is used to develop the mind is known as meditation.

If you are capable of cultivating the meditation in this very life, your mind will start to develop rapidly. In this effort, you need to have the ability to think well. If you cannot think well, you will not be able to develop your mind. In fact, most people do not develop their minds. Only a few humans develop their minds. You can become one among that few. Learn this mindfully and attentively. We will gradually show you how to see your life in depth.

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Mahamevnawa Mahamevna Mahamewnawa Mahamewnava Monastery Hermitage Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Asapuwa. Theravada Buddhism. Meditation. Mindfulness. Concentration. Buddha. Lord Buddha. Gautama Buddha. Truth. Noble Truths. Religion. Philosophy. Independence. Reality. Sinhalese. Sinhala. Pain. Sorrow.Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnananada Thero