Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one." Gautama Buddha is the primary figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers.
The nine virtues of the Buddha appear throughout the Tipitaka. Recollection of the nine virtues of the Buddha is a common Buddhist devotional practice, it is also one of the 40 Buddhist meditation subjects.
1. Araham â€“ Worthy of homage. An Arahant is "one with taints destroyed, who has lived the holy life, done what had to be done, laid done the burden, reached the true goal, destroyed the fetters of being, and is completely liberated through final knowledge."
2. Sammasambuddho â€“ Perfectly self-awakened
3. Vijja-carana-sampano â€“ Endowed with higher knowledge and ideal conduct.
4. Sugato â€“ Well-gone or Well-spoken.
5. Lokavidu â€“ Wise in the knowledge of the many worlds.
6. Anuttaro Purisa-damma-sarathi â€“ Unexcelled trainer of untrained people.
7. Satthadeva-Manussanam â€“ Teacher of gods and humans.
8. Buddho â€“ Awakened
9. Bhagavathi â€“ The Blessed one.
Some of the fundamentals of the teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha are:
. The Four Noble Truths: that suffering is an ingrained part of existence; that the origin of suffering is craving for sensuality, acquisition of identity, and annihilation; that suffering can be ended; and that following the Noble Eightfold Path is the means to accomplish this;
. The Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration;
. Dependent origination: the mind creates suffering as a natural product of a complex process;
Rejection of the infallibility of accepted scripture: Teachings should not be accepted unless they are borne out by our experience and are praised by the wise. See the Kalama Sutta for details;
. Anicca: That all things that come to be have an end;
. Dukkha: That nothing which comes to be is ultimately satisfying;
. Anatta: That nothing in the realm of experience can really be said to be "I" or "mine";
. Nibbana: It is possible for sentient beings to realize a dimension of awareness which is totally unconstructed and peaceful, and end all suffering due to the mind's interaction with the conditioned world.
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