Buddhism - Buddhist Concepts

Buddhist Concepts

As writing was uncommon in India at the time Gautama lived, the constructs of his life and teachings were passed on orally until they were written down, probably during the first century BCE.

The English word "Buddhism" is relatively new. It was first used in the Oxford English Dictionary of 1801 (spelled "Boudhism") and its spelling changed to the present one in 1816, in a comment published in the Asiatic Journal ("The name and peculiarities of Buddhism have a good deal fixed my attention").

"The Three Jewels", Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, as well as the concepts of karma, rebirth (and reincarnation) and the practice of yoga existed before Gautama lived but they later became associated with Buddhism.

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