What Buddhists Believe


K.Sri Dhammananda


Table of Contents

Foreword

Author's Note
 
 

PART ONE: LIFE AND MESSAGE OF THE BUDDHA



Chapter 1 Life and Nature of the Buddha

Gautama, the Buddha

His Renunciation

Nature of the Buddha

Was Buddha an Incarnation of God?

The Buddha's Service

Historical Evidence of the Buddha

Salvation Through Arahantahood

Bodhisatta

Attainment of Buddhahood

Trikaya The Three Bodies of the Buddha

Chapter 2 His Message

Message for All

Miraculous Power

The Buddha's Silence

The Buddha's Attitude Towards Worldly Knowledge

The Last Message of the Buddha

Chapter 3 After the Buddha

Does the Buddha Exist After His Death?

A Successor to the Buddha

The Future Buddha
 
 

PART TWO: BUDDHISM: ESSENCE AND COMPARATIVE APPROACH



Chapter 4 Timeless Truth of the Buddha

The Lion's Roar

What is Buddhism?

The Ultimate Truth

Two Main Schools of Buddhism

Chapter 5 Basic Doctrines

Tri-Pitaka(or Tipitaka)

What is Abhidhamma?

Mind and Matter(Nama-Rupa)

Four Noble Truths

The Noble Eightfold Path: The Middle Way

Everything is changeable

What is Kamma

Rebirth

Nibbana

Law of Dependent Origination

Eternalism and Nihilism

Can the First Cause be Known

Is There an Eternal Soul?

Chapter 6 Buddhism Vis-A-Vis Other Approaches

Is Buddhism Similar to Other Contemporary Teachings in India?

Is Buddhism a Theory or a Philosophy?

Is Buddhism Pessimistic ?

Is Buddhism Atheistic?
 
 

PART THREE: LEADING A BUDDHIST LIFE



Chapter 7 Moral Foundation For Mankind

What is the Purpose of Life?

Buddhism for Man in Society

The Buddhist Way of Life for Householders

Chapter 8 Buddhist Morality and Practice

Buddhist Ethics

What is Vinaya?

Ten Meritorious and Ten Evil Actions

Precepts

Loving-Kindness

Real Charity

The Buddhist Attitude to Animal Life

The Need for Tolerance Today

Buddhist Funeral Rites

Chapter 9 Dhamma and Ourselves as Refuge

Why We take Refuge in the Buddha

No Self Surrender

No Sinners

Do It Yourself

Man is Responsible for Everything

Man is His Own Jailor

You Protect Yourself

How to Save Yourself

Chapter 10 Prayer, Meditation and Religious Practices

Faith, Confidence and Devotion

The Meaning of Prayer

Meditation

The Significance of Paritta Chanting

Are Buddhists Idol Worshippers?

Religious Significance of Fasting

Vegetarianism

The Moon and Religious Observances
 
 

PART FOUR: HUMAN LIFE IN SOCIETY


 



Chapter 11 Life and Culture

Traditions, Customs and Festivals

Buddhism and Women

Buddhism and Politics

Chapter 12 Marriage, Birth Control and Death

Buddhist Views on Marriage

Why Does the World Population Increase?
 
 

PART FIVE: A RELIGION FOR REAL HUMAN PROGRESS



Chapter 13 Nature, Value and Choice of Religious Beliefs

Man and Religion

Which is the Proper Religion?

Moral and Spiritual Development

The God Idea

Changing of Religious Label Before Death

Short-cut to Paradise

Chapter 14 Promoter of True Human Culture

Modern Religion

Religion in a Scientific Age

Religion of Freedom

Buddhist Missionaries

Chapter 15 War and Peace

Why is There No Peace?

Can We Justify War?

Can a Buddhist Join the Army?

Mercy Killing
 
 

PART SIX: THIS WORLD AND OTHER WORLDS



Chapter 16 Realms of Existence

The Origin of the World

Other World Systems

The Buddhist Concept of Heaven and Hell

Belief in Deities(Devas)

Spirit World

The Significance of Transference of Merits to the Departed

Chapter 17 Divination and Dreams

Astrology and Astronomy

Fortune-Telling and Charms

Consulting Mediums

Dreams and Their Significance

Faith Healing

Superstitions and Dogmas