My God - Buddhism
Appicha from the Vajraloka Buddhist Meditation Centre in North Wales explains about the core beliefs of his faith. He talks about how people spend their time at the retreat.
Buddhism is a tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development. Buddhists strive for a deep insight into the true nature of life and do not worship gods or deities.
Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life.
Buddhism teaches that all life is interconnected, so compassion is natural and important.
- Buddhism is 2,500 years old.
- There are currently 376 million followers worldwide
- There are around 151, 816 Buddhists in Britain according to the 2001 census.
- Buddhism arose as a result of Siddhartha Gautama's quest for Enlightenment in around the 6th Century BCE.
- There is no belief in a personal God. It is not centred on the relationship between humanity and God.
- Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent - change is always possible.
- The two main Buddhist sects are Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism, but there are many more.
- Buddhism is a very colourful faith with many festivals throughout the year.
- Buddhists can worship both at home or at a temple.
- The path to Enlightenment is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom.