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This could be said to be a very grand and one of the bravest and boldest declarations ever made by any religious teacher. To understand the causes and the conditions of life, one of the doctrines taught by the Buddha is the doctrine of Kamma. It is always good to talk a little about the doctrine of Kamma because it helps us to 57 understand Buddhism more and at the same time to understand our daily life better. ’ Literally it means ‘good and bad actions’. It covers all actions, be they mental, verbal or physical; in other words, thought, words and deeds.

C. Talk (Reprinted from the Listener, April 15th 1948 ) Buddha is one who has attained bodhi; by bodhi is meant wisdom – an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection, which can be attained by man through purely human means. The term ‘Buddha’ literally means ‘enlightened one’ – ’a knower’ – and it is the name of honour bestowed upon the Indian sage Gotama after obtaining enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Buddhagaya in India. Gotama was born as the son of an Indian king on the border of Nepal, about 623 years before Christ.

Not only this, but Buddhism also teaches that with the attainment of Nibbana in this life itself, through enlightenment and wisdom, one can reach the end of this chain of rebirths. 41 Nibbana is not annihilation, neither is it a kind of nothingness, it is the state free from any possibility of the re-arising of conditoned existence, the ulti­ mate peace and happiness. In the Buddhist scrip­ tures it is always described in positive terms such as the highest refuge, safety, emancipation, peace and so on.

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