What Are the Major Beliefs of Buddhism?

Regarded by some as a philosophy rather than a religion because it lacks deity worship, Buddhism grew out of the teachings of Siddhartha Gotama who lived over 2,500 years ago in present-day Nepal. Buddhists believe that human beings die and are reborn as part of a continuous cycle known as samsara. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is to escape samsara and achieve nirvana, a transcendent state devoid of pain and desire.

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The city of Anuradhapura is situated one hundred and twenty eight miles (205 km) north of Colombo in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka on the banks of the Malwatu Oya.

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The Esala Perahera

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This is held in Esala (July or August) which is the month that is believed to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasts for ten days while various festivities can be witnessed right throughout. The Sinhalese term 'Perahera' means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats and various other performers accompanied by a large number of caparisoned Tuskers and Elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event.

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Sri Maha Bodhiya

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a Sacred fig tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Let's see what we have to learn about that.

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Temple of The Tooth

Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist templein the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

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Sri Pada - Adam's Peak

is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.[1]

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