• WordNet 3.6
    • n Buddhism the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
    • n Buddhism a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Buddhism The religion based upon the doctrine originally taught by the Hindu sage Gautama Siddartha, surnamed Buddha, “the awakened or enlightened,” in the sixth century b. c., and adopted as a religion by the greater part of the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Asia and the Indian Islands. Buddha's teaching is believed to have been atheistic; yet it was characterized by elevated humanity and morality. It presents release from existence (a beatific enfranchisement, Nirvâna) as the greatest good. Buddhists believe in transmigration of souls through all phases and forms of life. Their number was estimated in 1881 at 470,000,000.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Buddhism The religious system founded by Buddha, or the Buddha, in India. Its essential principles, in so far as they can be reduced to an Occidental form of thought, are, that man is under the operation of certain inflexible laws, from which there is neither escape nor deliverance; existence under them is an evil; priestly rites and sacrifices are unavailing; death is no escape, but only a transmigration to another form of existence; obedience to the moral laws—the practice of charity, temperance, justice, honesty, truth—insures a sojourn in heaven, followed by a higher existence on the earth; disobedience insures a punishment in some of the innumerable hot and cold hells (see naraka), situated in the interior of the earth or on its furthest verge, followed by a lower state of existence on earth; the supreme felicity to be attained by perfect obedience is the suppression of every passion and desire, and eventually Nirvana, or unconscious existence, if indeed Nirvana be not annihilation. In its original spirit agnostic, if not atheistic, it has become modified in time, and now has its rites and temples, which vary in different nationalities and localities. From India Buddhism spread over Ceylon, Java, Cochin-China, Burma, Tibet, Mongolia, Tatary, China, and Japan, but was stamped out in India by the rise of Hinduism. Also spelled Boodhism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Buddhism the religion founded by Buddha
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.”
  • Yuan-Wu
    “There are no mundane things outside of Buddhism, and there is no Buddhism outside of mundane things.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans. buddha, wise, from budh, to know.


In literature:

There was light in Zoroastrianism, light in Buddhism, light among the Greeks: but it is all included in Christianity.
"Modern Substitutes for Christianity" by Pearson McAdam Muir
Buddhism is there the prevailing religion, and the caste system, such as is found among the Hindoos, is unknown.
"Reminiscences" by Hans Mattson
With the introduction of literature, art, and Buddhism, a change took place in the relations of the court to the people.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon
Buddhism seems, in fact, to have left its mark upon Tibet in the manner of some great flood.
"To Lhassa at Last" by Powell Millington
Buddhism and Its Christian Critics.
"Above the Battle" by Romain Rolland
Within sight of the hotel is the Malagawa Buddhist temple, the most sacred of the shrines of Buddhism.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt
It seemed to us as though we were about to grasp universal Buddhism within the paternal arms of the Christian faith.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
But his Buddhism was really only a vague, poetical theory, as was his Christianity.
"Lafcadio Hearn" by Nina H. Kennard
Buddhism in its purest form is not exclusive or fanatical.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
Ceylon was converted to Buddhism in the 3rd century B.C.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
I have already mentioned Buddhism as a religion that seeks the salvation of man.
"The Sources Of Religious Insight" by Josiah Royce
Their chief was styled Gorkhan, Lord of Lords, and their religion was Buddhism.
"The Life of Yakoob Beg" by Demetrius Boulger
I believe it's one of the first steps of initiation in Esoteric Buddhism.
"The School by the Sea" by Angela Brazil
There could scarcely be a more disappointing discovery than this for the school of Benfey which derives our fairy tales from Buddhism and India.
"Popular Tales" by Charles Perrault
Arddha Chiddi, the founder of Buddhism, life of, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
As to the tribes that have remained outside the pale of Buddhism, they may be styled Nats' worshippers.
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
When all is said and done, Gentlemen, Buddhism is still a religion of Nature.
"Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by the Native Religions of Mexico and Peru" by Albert Réville
The former is as bad as Buddhism, where it has taken deep hold.
"The Red Miriok" by Anna M. Barnes
If you possessing patience, sahib, I will narrative obscure histories of Buddhism.
"The Three Sapphires" by W. A. Fraser
Later Buddhism has, however, a doctrine of many heavens and hells.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

In Buddhism , there's no beginning and no end, it's a continuous cycle.
WASHINGTON POST) Now the latest issue: Can you be a Catholic and practice Buddhism at the same time.
My Reincarnation tells of the tireless work of exiled Tibetan Buddhist Master Namkhai Norbu to transmit the highest path of Tibetan Buddhism — called Dzogchen — around the world.
Drikung Kyabg?n Chetsang Rinpoche, left, one of two heads of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, is visiting Frederick and participated in a dismantling of a sand mandala ceremony.
So Brit Hume of Fox News created a firestorm of protest when he suggested on "Fox News Sunday" Jan 3 that Tiger Woods should consider turning to Christianity and away from Buddhism.
In the latest issue of Men's Vogue, Will Smith tells the book that, after flirting with Buddhism and Hinduism in the past, he has started to study Scientology with Hollywood pal Tom Cruise.
This is for those interested in learning about and experiencing the practice of Zen Buddhism.
Learn more about Buddhism in Laos and Thavi's ordination as a monk.
On July 6, Vreeland will be enthroned as the new abbot of Rato Monastery in southern India, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism.
An eating tour of Japan's timeless Kyoto, where the spirit of Zen Buddhism permeates everything from the architecture to the food.
Roberts recently read an article by Stephen Bachelor, a Buddhist scholar, teacher and photographer , that likened the photography process to the four noble truths of Buddhism.
You are not as effusive in praise of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism or other faiths.
Professor Soho Machida, a prominent religion scholar, will give a free public lecture titled "Buddhism as the Source of Inspiration for Life" on Saturday, Feb 4, from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Lahaina Jodo Mission, 12 Ala Moana St.
In Buddhism faith is a verb.
Tibetan Buddhism depends greatly on unbroken lines of reincarnated lamas, who continue to teach and interpret the scriptures.

In science:

Conclusions The ‘average’ drug user in the Russian Federation is generally more interested in topics such as Russian rock, non-traditional medicine, UFOs, Buddhism, yoga and the occult.
Inference of the Russian drug community from one of the largest social networks in the Russian Federation