Foot Steps Of Buddha-
Among the Buddhist holy places in India, Sarnath enjoys the same significance as the
Jerusalem for Christians & the Golden temple for the Sikhs. Sarnath is equally renowned in India and abroad for its religious tradition, art, and relics of Buddha found during archaeological excavations.
FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS-
In Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths (Sanskrit- Chatvari Arya Satyani). The truths are:
- 1- Dukkh, Suffering, incapable of satisfying.
- 2- Samudaya, (origin, arising) of the Dukkha, there is a reason for suffering.
- 3- Nirodha, (Cessation, Ending) of this Dukkha can be attained by renouncement, There are paths, way to end this suffering.
- 4- Marga, (Path, Noble Eightfold Path) is the path leading to the renouncement of tanha.
The Noble Eightfold Path-
(Sanskrit- Aryastangamarga) is an early summary of the path of Buddhist practices leading to liberation from samsara.
The Eightfold Path consists of eight practices;
- 1- Right View
- 2- Right Resolve
- 3- Right Speech
- 4- Right Conduct or Action
- 5- Right Livelihood
- 6- Right Effort
- 7- Right Mindfulness &
- 8- Right Meditation.
PANCHSHEEL OR FIVE PRECEPTS
The Five Precepts (Sanskrit- Panchsila) or five rules of training is the most important system of morality for Buddhist laypeople. They constitute the basic code of ethics to be respected by lay followers of Buddhism.
- 1- The first Precept consists of a prohibition of killing, both humans and all animals.
- 2- The second precept prohibits theft and related activities such as fraud and forgery.
- 3- The third precept refers to adultery in all forms.
- 4- The fourth precept involves falsehood spoken or committed to by action.
- 5- The fifth precept prohibits intoxication through alcohol, drugs or other means.
History & Major Attractions Of Sarnath
Dhamekh Stupa Or Dharmarajika Stupa
The Dhammekh Stupa is very famous in the Buddhist world. This is a solid cylindrical tower, 28.5 m in diameter at the base, and 33.53 m in height. The exact spot where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon.