Why we believe in teachings of Buddha and what we believe in Buddhism? Myoma Myint Kywe ၿမိဳ ႔မ ျမင့္ၾကြယ္

Why we believe in teachings of Buddha and what we believe in Buddhism?
ၿမိဳ ႔မ ျမင့္ၾကြယ္

No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. 
We ourselves must walk the path but Buddha clearly shows the way. 

The Buddha (BC 623- BC 543)

Lord Buddha has never destroyed and killed to others. Buddha neither punished nor helped others to punishment. Buddhism is a religion of tolerance and peaceful because it preaches a life of self-restraint. Buddhism teaches a life based not on rules but on peaceful principles. WE LIVE in a world of staggering religious diversity. All religions are GOOD. Mahatma Gandhi said: "I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world". We agree it. But most of researchers pretty much show that Buddhism is the most peaceful religion. Then Buddhism has no holy war. (No holy war concept in Buddhism.) Buddhists do not pray to the Buddha thinking that He is a God who will reward them or punish or curse them.   
Buddhism has never persecuted or maltreated those whose beliefs are different. Today the follows of the most compassionate Buddha have a special duty to work for the establishment of peace in the world and to show an example to others by following their Master's advice: 'All tremble at punishment, all fear death; comparing others with oneself, one should neither kill nor cause to kill.' (Dhammapada 129)

Mercy and killing can never go together. Some people kill their pets on the grounds that they do not like to see the pets suffer. However, if mercy killing is the correct method to be practised on pets and other animals, then why are people so reluctant to do the same to their beloved ones?

The Buddha has advised everyone to abstain from killing. If everybody accepts this advice, human beings would not kill each other. In the case where a person's life is threatened, the Buddha says even then it is not advisable to kill out of self-protection. The weapon for self-protection is loving-kindness.

When some people see their dogs or cats suffer from some skin disease, they arrange to kill those poor animals. They call this action, mercy killing. Actually it is not that they have mercy towards those animals, but they kill them for their own precaution and to get rid of an awful sight. And even if they do have real mercy towards a suffering animal, they still have no right to take away its life.

No matter how sincere one may be, mercy killing is not the correct approach. The consequences of this killing, however, are different from killing with hatred towards the animal. Buddhists have no grounds to say that any kind of killing is justified.

The Five Precepts in Buddhism are not given in the form of commands, but are training guidelines to help one live a life in which one is happy, without worries, and able to meditate well.

First of all, we must maintain the Five Precepts (Panca- Sila). Thus it is seen that the observance of the Five Precepts (virtuous living) is basic Principal of Buddhism, and to the whole, will contribute to make the world a pleasant place to live in. 
Breaking one's SILA as pertains to sexual conduct introduces harmfulness towards one's practice or the practice of another person if it involves uncommitted relationship.  They are:

1.   I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing ;
2.   I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given;
3.   I undertake the training rule to abstain from sensual misconduct;
4.   I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech; and
5.   I undertake the training rule to abstain from liquors, wines, and other intoxicants, which are the basis for heedlessness.

Buddhism since BC 588 has a “code of conduct” known as the Five Precepts.

In recent years many scientists and some religionists have used the expressions like 'humane killing', 'mercy killing', 'gentle killing', and 'painless killing' to justify the ending of a life. They argue that if the victim feels no pain, if the knife is sharp, killing is justified. Buddhism can never accept these arguments because it is not how the killing occurs that is important, but the fact that a life of one being is terminated by another. No one has any right to do that for whatever reason.

An ancient maxim found in the Dhammapada sums up the practice of the Buddha's teaching in three simple guidelines to training: to abstain from all evil, to cultivate good, and to purify one's mind. These three principles form a graded sequence of steps progressing from the outward and preparatory to the inward and essential.

To cease from evil, to do good, and to purify the mind yourself, this is the teaching of all the Buddha.

The Buddha provided us with five precepts to guide us on our way to individual liberation. The Five Precepts are the basis of Buddhist morality. The first precept is to avoid killing or harming living beings. The second is to avoid stealing, the third is to avoid sexual misconduct, the fourth is to avoid lying and the fifth is to avoid alcohol and other intoxicating drugs. Not just for Buddhists, these precepts are basic to the major spiritual traditions and ethical teachings in our world today. Five precepts are one of the best Common Ethical Values.
In Buddhism, a person's another duty is to cleanse himself of the mental defilements of greed, hatred and ignorance.

Source: Buddhist Study and Practice Group,