Fundamental Teachings of Buddhism
Rev. Alan Sakamoto
Orange County Buddhist Church
- Yesterday — discussed the life of Shakyamuni Buddha.
- Today — some of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism
- Four Noble Truths
- Noble Eightfold Path
- 3 Marks of Existence
- 6 Realms of Existence
- 3 poisons
- The middle way
- Movement of Buddhism from India (see map)
- Buddhism transcends morality and ethics.
II. Four Noble Truths
- Life has suffering
- There is a reason for suffering
- There is an end to suffering which is enlightenment.
- The Path to enlightenment/awakening is through the Noble Eightfold Path.
III. Noble Eightfold Path
- Right — the definition is not black and white, but relative.
- Right View
- Right Thought
- Right Speech
- Right Conduct
- Right Livelihood
- Right Effort
- Right Mindfulness
- Right Meditation IV
III. 3 Marks of Existence
IV. 6 Realms of Existence
- Heaven (tennin) — realm of pleasure
- Human (ningen) — realm of human beings
- Fighting Demons (ashura) — Realm of Anger
- Animal (chikusho) — Realm of ignorance
- Hungry Ghosts (Gaki) — Realm of Greed
- Hell (Jigoku) — Realm of extreme suffering
V. 3 Poisons
- Primary causes for dissatisfaction in this world.
VI. The Middle Way
- the term that Siddhartha Gautama used to describe the character of the path he discovered that leads to liberation.