How to count correctly how about old Buddhism religion is! - Myoma Myint Kywe

How to count correctly how about old Buddhism religion is!
Myoma Myint Kywe

Buddha was born 623 BC. At the age of 29, 594 BC, he left his palace quietly in search of the truth. Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment and became Buddha at the age of 35 (588 BC). Gautama Buddha attains Enlightenment, and begins his ministry. He founds Buddhism in 588 BC. The number of Buddhists around the world is grossly underestimated. The statistics found in nearly all encyclopedias and almanacs place the number of Buddhists at approximately 500 million. This figure completely ignores over one billion Chinese people who live in the People's Republic of China. China is officially communist (although many free market conditions are already in place) and does not keep records on religion statistics of adherents. Buddhism (Theravada Buddhism+Mahayana Buddhism population) is a religion to about 1,600 million people around the world.

After searching for truth 6 years, for 6 year Gautama strived as a hermit, at the age of 35, one day, he sought shelter under a tree, and through intense meditation that he finally attained Enlightenment, and sees things as they really are. Henceforth, he is known as the Lord Buddha. The tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment has since been known as the Bodhi Tree. The Lord Gautama Buddha gained a flash of insight that he felt gave him an answer to the problem of suffering. He began to share with other the meaning of His enlightenment since 588 BC. It becomes a major world religion. Buddha entered Parinibbana in 543 BC.

The teachings of the Buddha are solely to liberate human beings from the misery and sufferings of life.
According to the Buddhism, sorrow and desire are the main cause of all the evil and suffering of this world. The Lord Buddha and his disciples travelled vast areas (on foot) throughout India to expound the Dhamma, helping lots of suffering people along the way. His relentless effort lasted for 45 years.

For the 45 years, the Buddha spent his time travelling around India and neighbouring countries, preaching and teaching about the Four Noble Truth and the Noble Eightfold Path. The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, who described it as the way leading to the cessation of suffering (dukkha) and the achievement of self-awakening.

All Buddhist should know how to count correctly how old Buddhism religion is!

All Buddhist count their years in the Buddhist Era. At present we are in the year 2558 (2015+ 543 BC=2558) because the Buddhist calendar is 543 years ahead of the Christian calendar, and the Buddhist era started after the Parinibbana (passing away) of the Buddha. It is not correct method of counting system. We should correct to counting system of Buddhism era is based on era 588 BC.

Please, you may see history of Shwedagon pagoda. You should verify and compare of documents of Shwedagon. Establish years of shwedagon and establishment of Buddhism are the SAME.

According to historical record, the Shwedagon Pagoda is over 2603 years old since 588 BC. Shwedagon is the most earliest and first oldest Pagoda in Burma (Myanmar) and in the world.

The true historical record of Shwedagon Pagoda begins with two merchant brothers, Taphussa and Bhallika, from the land of Ramanya in Burma, meeting the Lord Gautama Buddha in 588 BC and receiving eight of the Buddha's hairs to be enshrined in Burma. They gave the scared relics to the king of Okkalapa. The king and the citizens built the first pagoda in Burma. The two brothers made their way to Burma and with the help of the Burmese king, King Okkalapa of Burma, found Singuttara Hill, where relics of other Buddhas preceding Gautama Buddha had been enshrined.

The Shwedagon is the most popular and most ancient historical pagoda in the world.

This pagoda, now known as the Shwedagon, enshrines not only the eight hair relics of Gotama Buddha but also the relics of Kakusam Buddha, Konagon Buddha and Kassapa Buddha. So it is regarded as the most sacred pagoda. It glitters in the sun-light like solid gold.

And also they put with real solid gold plate to body of Shwedagon Pagoda!! It is well known not only in Burma but also in the whole world.

Lord Buddha advocated the Eightfold Path consisting of precepts like right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration (right meditation) to gain mastery over suffering. It is only after following this path one can reach the ultimate aim of Nirvana. Nirvana is the transcendental state of complete liberation. Gautama Buddha lived and taught Nepal and in northern India.

The teachings on the Four Noble Truths are regarded as central to the teachings of Buddhism, and are said to provide a conceptual framework for Buddhist thought. These four truths explain the nature of DUKKHA (suffering, anxiety, unsatisfactoriness), its causes, and how it can be overcome. The four noble truths are:
  • The truth of dukkha (suffering, anxiety, unsatisfactoriness
  • The truth of the cause of dukkha
  • The truth of the cessation of dukkha
  • The truth of the path leading to the cessation of dukkha
The Noble 8-fold Path
 The Buddha urged His disciples to do eight things: By avoiding extremes and following the eightfold path, a person could attain Nibbana (Nirvana), a state of freedom from the circle of rebirth.

1. Right Understanding
Right understanding can also be translated as "right perspective" or "right outlook" or "right view" (as they really are; the knowledge of the 4 Noble Truths). The purpose of right understanding is to clear one's path of the majority of confusion, misunderstanding, and deluded thinking. It is a means to gain right understanding of reality.

2. Right Thought
Includes benevolent and loving-kindness thoughts, which are the opposites of ill-will and cruelty respectively. Can also be known as "right intention"

3. Right Speech
Abstain from lying, slandering, using harsh words, abusive speech, and engaging in frivolous talks (including meaningless gossiping).

4. Right Action

Refrain from killing, stealing, and sexual misconduct. Right action can also be translated as "right conduct". As such, the practitioner should train oneself to be morally upright in one's activities, not acting in ways that would be corrupt or bring harm to oneself or to others.

5. Right Livelihood
This means that practitioners ought not to engage in trades or occupations in arms, human beings, life stocks, intoxicating drinks, and poisons which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings. (There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones, having abandoned dishonest livelihood, keeps his life going with right livelihood).

6. Right Effort
Right effort can also be translated as "right endeavor" or "right diligence". In this factor, the practitioners should make a persisting effort to abandon all the wrong and harmful thoughts, words, and deeds.

7. Right Mindfulness
Right Mindfulness is also translated as "right attention".  Being mindful (as opposed to heedlessness/carelessness) of body, mind, etc.

8. Right Concentration
One-pointedness of the mind (It is also known as right meditation).

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