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  • 09 January, 2021

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Buddhism and Philately

Buddhism and Philately

  • It’s no surprise that many stamps of M. Lokeswara Rao are related to nature.
  • But about one-third of Mr. Rao’s stamp collection is on Buddhism. In his book, Buddhism on Stamps, which was released on Thursday, he discusses the life and teachings of Buddha through 1,134 philatelic (collection of stamps) material, including stamps and postcards.
  • “I took to painting Buddha in 2014 as a stress-relieving hobby. Two years later, when I retired, I started the stamp collection. I am not a Buddhist but I like the teachings of Buddha because they are about peace and nature,” he said.
  • Apart from Buddhism, Mr. Rao also collects orchids and Penny Red stamps.

Buddhist Philosophy/Teachings of the Buddha

It teaches the Middle Path renouncing extreme steps like indulgence and strict abstinence.

The four noble truths (Arya Satya) in Buddhism are:

Four Noble Truths

  1. The world is full of sorrow
  2. Desire is the root cause of all sorrow
  3. Sorrow can be conquered by conquering desire
  4. Desire can be conquered by following the eight-fold paths (Ashtangirka Marga)

The eight-fold path in Buddhism is:

  1. Right understanding
  2. Right resolve
  3. Right speech
  4. Right action
  5. Right living
  6. Right efforts
  7. Right thought
  8. Right self-concentration.

The Tri Ratnas of Buddhism are: Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.

  1. Buddha: the highest spiritual potential in everyone.
  2. Dhamma: the teachings of Buddha (Pali for Sanskrit Dharma or righteousness)
  3. Sangha: order of monks who follow Buddhism.

Other principles:

  1. Buddha did not believe in God or the soul.
  2. Stressed on karma and ahimsa.
  3. He was against the varna system. Buddha taught in Pali.
  4. Buddhism spread to several countries outside India. China adopted Buddhism in the 1st century AD.

Source: TH


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