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Posted at 12:41 am by aravinthan
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Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Buddhism - Indian History Part I:

Buddhism - Indian History Part I:

I have always been fascinated with the richness of Indian culture, the formation of society. It is more interesting and nice to know as to how we have evolved over time and where we are now. I usually ponder over in the internet and other resources to read about Indian Mideval history.

My major area of interest were to know first hand as to  why we consider things that we feel are values, the values that we follow in our daily life, why do we give so much importance to our families and social binding, why we have festivals, why we respect our elders and why we are more adjustable and tolerant ones when compared to other regions.

Before even getting into the above topics which needs a huge research into our history, I want to let you know a bit interesting subject of Buddhism. Why suddenly Buddhism? Cause this is the religion that is founded in India, once it was "THE Religion" in India, almost pushed Hinduism to its extinction, but such a popular religion in the 13th Century, suddenly disappeared from our Subcontinent. The more fascinating thing is that it is still popular in other countries like Srilanka, Japan, Tibet, Thailand, China, where it was spread, but doesn't even have a considerable percentage of  people in India where it originated. Don't you think we are missing some thing here?

 

To know more about it, let see a brief history of Buddhism:

(I have collected the events below from no of sources in the web)

 

6th Century BC:

Birth Of Buddha and his Early Life:

He was born a prince circa 563 BCE in Lumbinī in the Terai lowlands near the foothills of the Himalayas. At the time, this was part of northern India. It is now part of Nepal, a small country located between India and Tibet. He was a member of the Śăkyas clan. His father, Suddhodana, was king of the clan. His mother was named Maya.

He was given the name Siddhărtha Gautama.  Siddhărtha means "one who has achieved his aim." Gautama was his clan name. He was sometimes referred to as Śăkyamuni which means "the sage of the Śăkyas."

Śăkyamuni was raised as a Hindu. His parents assumed that he would succeed his father later in his life. His parents were concerned about a prophecy that astrologers gave at the time of his birth. They predicted that he would become either a universal monarch or a monk who would be a great religious teacher. His parents raised him in a state of luxury in the hope that he would become attached to earthly things and to pleasure. This would make it less likely that he choose the religious life.

At the age of 16, he was married to his wife Yaśodhară. When he was 29, his wife had a son, Răhula. Shortly after his son's birth, some sources say that he took four journeys by chariot. Other sources say he had four visions. During the first trip/vision he was deeply disturbed by seeing an elderly, helpless, frail man. On the second, he saw an emaciated and depressed man suffering from an advanced disease. On the third, he spotted a grieving family carrying the corpse of one of their own to a cremation site. He reflected deeply upon the suffering brought about by old age, illness and death. On his fourth trip/vision, he saw a religious mendicant -- a śramaņa -- who led a reclusive life of meditation, and was calm and serene. The four encounters motivated him to follow the path of the mendicant and find a spiritual solution to the problems brought about by human suffering.

He left his wife, child, luxurious lifestyle, and future role as a leader of his people in order to seek truth. It was an accepted practice at the time for some men to leave their family and lead the life of an ascetic in Hinduism.

 

Pranayama and Other Meditation forms Pracised by Hindu Saints:

He first tried meditation, which he learned from two teachers. He felt that these were valuable skills. However, meditation could not be extended forever, He eventually had to return to normal waking consciousness and face the unsolved problems relating to birth, sickness, old age and death.

He then joined a group of similarly-minded students of Brahmanism in a forest where he practiced breath control and fasted severely for six years. He is said to have brought himself to the brink of death by only eating a few grains of rice each day. Some sources say that he consumed only a spoonful of bean soup per day. This technique produced a series of physical discomforts. Ultimately, he rejected this path as well. He realized that neither the extremes of the mortification of the flesh or of hedonism would lead to enlightenment. He determined that a better path to achieve the state of Nirvana -- a state of liberation and freedom from suffering -- was to pursue a "Middle Way." This way was largely defined by moderation and meditation.

The Enlightment:

One night In 535 BCE, at the age of 35, he was seated underneath a large tree -- later known as the Bodhi tree (species Pipal or ficus religiosus). He began to experience some major breakthroughs:

 

 During the first watch of the night, he developed the ability to recall the events of his previous reincarnations in detail.

 During the second watch, he was able to see how the good and bad deeds that many living entities performed during their lifetimes led to their subsequent reincarnation into their next life.

 During the third watch, he learned that he had progressed beyond "spiritual defilements," craving, desire, hatred, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, fear, doubt, and delusions. He had attained nirvana. He would never again be reincarnated into a future life.

He had attained enlightenment! "He became a savior, deliverer, and redeemer." The events under the Bodhi tree are often described in mythological terms in Buddhist literature and art. His experiences are portrayed as a battle with Măra, the Buddhist equivalent of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic Satan.

 

5th Century BC:

First Buddhist Council at   Rajagaha (486) after the   Parinirvana*, under the patronage of King Ajatasattu.

Parinirvana – Death of Buddha.

 

4th Century BC:

Second Buddhist Council at  Vesali (386) about 100 year after   the Parinirvana.  First schism of the Sangha occurs in which the  Mahasanghika school parts ways  with the Sthaviravadins and the  Theravadins.

 Non-canonical Buddhist Council  at Pataliputra (367)

 

 

3rd Century BC

Reign of Indian Emperor Asoka  (272-231) who converts and  establishes the Buddha's   Dharma on a national level for   the first time. Third Buddhist Council at   Pataliputra (250) under the   patronage of Emperor Asoka   about 200 years after the  Parinirvana.

The modern Pali Tipitaka now   essentially complete.

Asoka's son and missionary  Ven. Mahinda established Buddhism in Sri Lanka (247)

 

2nd Century BC

The beginnings of Mahayana Buddhism (20O).

Composition of Prajnaparamita  literature. Historical record has it that two Buddhist missionaries from India  in 68 AD, arrived at the court of  Emperor Ming (58-75) of the Han   Dynasty. They enjoyed imperial   favour and stayed on to translate   various Buddhist Texts, one of   which, The 'Sutra of Forty-two Sections' continues to be popular  even today.

 

1st Century BC Buddist Year 444

The entire scriptural canon of the  Theravada School was  committed to writing on palm   leaves in Pali at the Aloka Cave,   near Matale, Sri Lanka (35-32) . The Milinda-pańha or Questions  of King Milinda to Ven.  Nagasena.

 

1st Century CE Buddist Year 544

King Kaniska (78-101)  convened the Fourth Buddhist  Council at Jalandhar or in  Kashmir around 100 C.E.   (Not recognized by the Theravadins).

 Buddhism established in   Cambodia 100 C.E and in   Vietnam 150 C.E.

• Composition of Lotus Sutra &   other Mahayana Buddhist texts.

• Buddhism enters Central Asia   and China.

• The Buddha first represented in   art in human form.

3rd Century CE

Expansion of Buddhism to   Burma, Cambodia, Laos,   Vietnam, and Indonesia.

The Yogacara (meditation)   school was founded by   Maitreyanatha (3rd century).

 Buddhist influence in Persia   spreads through trade.

 

4th Century CE

• Asanga (310-390) and his   brother Vasubandhu (420-500)    prominent teachers of the  Yogacara school of Buddhism.

• Development of Vajrayana   Buddhism in India.

• Translation of Buddhist texts into   Chinese by Kumarajiva (344-

  413) and Hui-yüan (334-416).

• Buddhism enters Korea (372).

 

5th Century CE

• Buddhist monastic university   founded at Nalanda, India.

• Buddhaghosa composes the   Visuddhimagga and major   commentaries in Sri Lanka.

• Buddhism established in Burma   and Korea.

• Chinese pilgrim Fa-Hsien visits   India (399-414).

• Amitabha (Amida) Pure Land   sect emerges in China.

• Sri lankan Theravadin nuns   introduce full ordination lineage   into China (433).

• Mahayana Buddhism was introduced into Java, Sumatra, Borneo

 

6th Century BE

• Bodhidharma founder of Ch'an   (Zen) arrives in China from

  India (526)

• Sui Dynasty in Chinese History   (589-617) beginning of Golden   Age of Chinese Buddhism.

• Development of T'ien-tai,   Hua-yen, Pure Land, and Ch'an

  schools of Chinese Buddhism.

• Buddhism enters Japan (538)   becomes state religion (594).

• Buddhism flourishing in   Indonesia.

• Jataka Tales translated into   Persian by King Khusru (531-579).

 

 

 

10th and 11th Century BE

These centuries are very important as they give the declination of Buddism in Central Asia (in 10th century) and by 11th century Buddhism declines in India.

 

The Declination of Buddhism is due to revitalization of Hindusim in India by three successive great Hindu Saints Sri Shankara, Sri Ramanuja and Sri Madhava.

These three saints virtually bought back Hinduism to India and removed the Buddhist dominance in the India.

Now that we have some breif history of Buddhism in India, i shall elaborate on the basic principles of this great religion on my next post.


Posted at 05:26 am by aravinthan
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Saturday, October 29, 2005
One World

I see the  world,

Its green, Its pleasant,

The nice sunshine, the gentle breeze,

Chirping Birds, giggling Kids,

No boundaries,

No religion, no color, no creed,

Its one world,

Supporting hands every where..

 

I see the world

Its green, its pleasant,

The nice sunshine, the gentle breeze,

Chirping Birds, giigling kids,

Boundaries,

Religions, Color, Creed,

Its still one world,

Supporting hands every where..

 

 

I see the world,

Its green, its pleasant,

The nice sunshine, the gentle breeze,

Chirping birds, Giggling kids,

It’s the way I see it,

 

I see humanity,

I see unity,

 

I see differences,

I see religion, Color and creed,

 

I see humanity,

I see oneness, its still one world,

The way I see it.

 

-

ME


If you have read till this line, you like the way i write and we need ta talk, send me a mail to aravinthan.narayanan@hotmail.com


Posted at 08:02 pm by aravinthan
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Tuesday, August 09, 2005
CBSE books: Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa ‘‘an illiterate and mentally unbalanced’’ person

I came across this report in the indian express news paper.. I felt very bad..http://www.newindpress.com/newspages.asp?page=2&Title=Second+Article&
I deeply deplore the derogatory remarks of NCERT.
Seems the government's policy is to denigrate our history so that theycan prove themselves secular! But not at the cost of flouting ourgreat history!

I don't want our younger generation to have a phony view of the great saint.Am Feeling very helpless and enraged, what shall we do about this?

Posted at 01:54 pm by aravinthan
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005
After a long time

Its bin a quite a long time since i posted any posts here.. Thinking about becoming active in blogdrive.. let me see...

Hopefully more posts would follow :)

Posted at 11:04 pm by aravinthan
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Tuesday, November 09, 2004
My B'day

Today is my birthday.. yes 911 (Nov 9th every year - thatz right).. It went on ok. I would say not so well . but not so bad either.. Any ways.. i feel I need more luck.. guys .. please wish me luck in all my endevours.. as i feel thatz the only thing i lack now !

Posted at 07:35 pm by aravinthan
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Thursday, November 04, 2004
Now Blogging at BlogSpot :)

All  I am now blogging at Blogspot.. visit me at http://aravinthan911.blogspot.com Not sure which one I would continue. Let me see :)

Posted at 01:46 pm by aravinthan
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
BIST 2000 Batch Meet .

This is what we are planning for our College mates meet this week end. Planning to meet at least 20 of us.  This alumni meet shall happen in Mayajal / Besant Nagar beach this Saturday in the evening. I am kinda organizing this event. We actually had long chat sessions (Conference) with our college mates yesterday; it was so refreshingly cool that I was stuck that we need to meet now. After a gap of 4 long years we are planning to see those old faces that should bring back the fond memories that we have had before. I am really very eager to meet all my class mates and like to know more of what they do.

Waiting for the time to meet all of you guys.. Lets rejoice.. Lets recollect those golden moments.. Lets have Fun.. Lets have a great Week end. 


Posted at 07:55 pm by aravinthan
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My new TT Bat

Yeah, you heard it right (rather saw it right!) I had bought a new Table Tennis bat. It’s a “stiga” bat with 13,12,18 configuration (13- Spin, 12-Speed, 18- Control). Its actually a long overdue for me to get a TT bat. Last Saturday, I went to the Pantaloons shop at Spencers in Chennai to buy this batJ. I was used to play TT during my college days., during my third year to be more precise, in Fourth year we never went to college.. Our College had one of the most relaxed environment which others used to envy. I did my Engineering from Bharath Institute of Science and Technology and passed out in the year 2000. Our college is  also called as BIST.

I would be playing with my new TT bat from today. Wasn’t that a gr8 newz uh! (It is for me! )


Posted at 07:47 pm by aravinthan
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Monday, October 18, 2004
The book that has had its change on me!

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People:

 

I am referring to a book written by Stephen R Covey, aimed for personal development. 

This is one of the most effective book that I have ever read on personality development.

I have almost transformed into a better person of my own gauge! It has really brought in the change in me.  I feel this is one book that has to be read by all the people at least once in their life time. Every one should definitely get good fruits out of it.

 

As I read more times, i get much better :)


Posted at 02:35 pm by aravinthan
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