27 Excellent Reasons to Learn More about
01. The Buddha, being a perfected human being
of great Compassion and Wisdom, is not just a human being - He is a
"Buddha", a fully awakened and liberated being, who transcends all men and gods.
One of His titles is "Teacher of man and gods."
02. The Buddha is history's longest serving
religious founder, teaching compassionately and extensively for
45 years - to anyone who He could benefit, from children to farmers,
beggars to kings...
Buddhism is currently the West's fastest growing religion, especially in
materialism-saturated countries like US, UK, Europe and Australia. This
is due to the timeless relevance and universal appeal of its practical
teachings on the power of our mind and how we can readily use it to
lead more fulfilling lives, leading up to the attainment of True
Happiness for one and all.
04. The Buddha's teachings can be practised by
anyone - even those of other faiths, as they are totally unbiased and truly
05. The Buddha's
teachings emphasize on realising happiness through self-reliance here and now in
this life; it does not postpone True Happiness to another
06. The Buddha is the
only religious founder who taught that all can become perfect like Himself, by
practising the teachings to liberation which He discovered.
07. The Buddha was the first in the world to
systematically advocate the democratic process (in the
08. The Buddha
strongly encouraged care and respect for the environment (plants and animals),
seeing man and nature as interdependent.
09. Buddhism emphasizes on the importance of
education. It founded the world's first university. (Nalanda Buddhist University
in ancient India)
Buddha is the first religious founder who allowed freedom for women to
participate fully in religious life (as nuns). He advocated sexual equality in
all areas of life, worldly and spiritual.
11. The Buddha spoke actively against the caste
system, advocating the importance of individual rights and human equality,
despite differences in social standing, race
Buddha spoke against all practices of animal sacrifices, advocating universal
animal rights, emphasizing on the importance of universal
compassion for all creatures great and
Teaching that the true miracle is to transform a foolish person into a wise one,
and despite being a master of supernatural abilities, the Buddha seldom
used his miraculous powers to impress, as He did not wish others to follow
Him out of blind awe. Instead, He chose to impart
14. Buddhism is
multi-faceted and all-encompassing in all areas of life. It can be seen as a
supreme religion, philosophy, psychology, science...
15. The greatest scientist of the last century,
Albert Einstein, commented that "If there is any religion that would cope with
modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism."
16. The greatest philosopher of the last century,
Lord Bertrand Russell, said "Of the great religions of the world, I prefer
Buddhism. Buddhism is a combination of both speculative and scientific
Jung, one of the greatest psychologist ever and pioneer of modern psychology,
said, "As a student of comparative religions, Buddhism is the most perfect
one the world has seen."
Despite having been a prince and having many friendships with kings, the Buddha
never abused political power to spread His teachings.
19. The Buddha is the only religious founder
who encouraged His followers to intelligently doubt His own teachings. This is
the unequalled spirit of free enquiry - "Don't just believe; come and
20. Against blind faith
without experience and reason, the Buddha emphasizes on self-realised
experience of the truth.
21. The Buddha never used fear to compel
others to believe His teachings; using universal compassion and wisdom
22. In a time with
more than 60 thriving religions, the Buddha was open to countless religious
challenges, but stood unchallenged, often winning over the
23. As a
strong advocator of non-violence, no wars have been fought in the name of
Buddhism. The Buddha is also the only religious founder who personally
went to the battlefield to prevent war.
24. The Buddha strongly promoted inter-religious
harmony and peaceful missionary work.
25. The Buddha's detailed teachings on the
nature of life and death form the largest scriptural collection in the
26. The Buddha is the
only religious founder who taught how other religions evolved to be the way they
are, giving us a complete overview of religion's impact on humankind.
27. Due to the perfection
and interconnection of the Buddha's teachings, they will benefit yourself
and the world tremendously even if you were to just learn and practise a small
portion of it. Embark on the path to True Happiness today! -Shen