Freeing mind, body, and soul from the materialist attachment and understanding the real purpose of life falls under the metamorphic umbrella of Buddhist teachings. The process of learning the virtue of enlightenment is a step ahead in Buddhism. The teachings have existed from over 2500 years and have traveled from India to many parts of the world popularly in South-east Asia. Still, the Buddhist Teachings have faced several critiques. Scientifically, the exercises or preaching must have evidence of success or existence whereas feeling the power through meditation is self-realizing and couldn’t be described in words. Thus, the elicit information of scientific evidence is still in question. However, there are a few psychological theories that have agreed to the power of meditation. The function of mind in controlling the body is apparent to all but it can also have a crucial part to play with the soul was explained by Lord Buddha. To dive into the ocean of enlightenment, it is important to understand the basics of Buddhism. 

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Buddhist Teachings: Virtue of Enlightenment

Basics of Buddhism: Buddhist Teachings

One day Budha was sitting under a tree and watching the good and bad of nature. He saw flowers blooming, the farmer on the farm hit his bull. A bird peaked at the earthworm, and then an eagle fell on the bird. Worried, he said, “Why did the farmer hit his bull? Why would a creature eat another to live?”

The Buddha found answers to these questions during his Enlightenment. He has discovered three great truths. He simply explained these truths so that everyone could understand.

1. Nothing is lost in the universe

The first truth is that nothing is lost in the universe. Matter transforms into energy and then further it becomes matter. A green leaf turns into the mud in the due course of time. A seed sprouts into a new plant. Everything is evolving, changing, and understanding that if we destroy anything around us, then we might destroy ourselves too. The followers of Buddha stopped killing animals after learning that each life has its value.

2. Everything changes

The next universal truth of the Buddha is that nothing is stationary or consistent. Life is like a flowing river and accepting that nothing is ever unchanging is learning about the purpose of life. Sometimes, the change is at a low pace, and others might be rapid. Burning lava turns into rock and then further breaks into gravel. All this teaches us that every change has some purpose and we have to accept it for what it is.

3. The law of cause and effect

The final universal truth described by the holy is that the continuous change has a cause and effect. It is the same law as in any science textbook. Apparently, Buddhism and science are interwoven.

The law of cause and effect, in some or the other way, points towards the concept of karma. Precisely, it is the reversal or the consequences of the activities we carry in our day to day lives. Doing good would bring great results or not harming anyone would keep you away from getting hurt.

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Monks performing Meditation

Buddhist beliefs are gradually gaining popularity in different parts of the world. Not restricted by borders, Buddhist teachings in Singapore have garnered numerous followers. The thirst of attaining peace in the rapid moving age has increased in ten folds. People around the world are learning the true essence of life. This is what Buddhism is all about, the journey from materialism to enlightenment.