Buddhism originated in the teaching of Prince Siddhartha Gautama who was born approximately 500 BC in Nepal, near the border of present day India. Through the practice of meditation he became the Buddha, the Enlightened One.
Dublin Buddhist Centre, Dublin City.
Buddhism is a path of practise and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practises such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path – a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.
Words of Faith
The word Buddha means The awakened One coming from the Sanskrit root budh - 'to wake'.
Buddhist believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible. The path to enlightment is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom. The Noble Eightfold Path includes; (1) Right View. (2) Right Thought. (3) Right Speech. (4) Right Action. (5) Right livelihood. (6) Right effort. (7) Right Mindfulness. (8) Right concentration.