Buddhism in Ceylon - Buddhism in Sri Lanka - The Sinhalese Jetakas
The Sinhalese Jetakas, which number five hundred and fifty, contain as many accounts of the different births of the Bodhisatwa.
The Sinhalese have even been very reasonable in limiting themselves to this number; for it is the general belief that the Buddha went through all the existences of the earth, sea, and air, as well as all the conditions of human life; he had even been a tree and a plant, if Chinese Buddhism is to be credited.
In a legend, which is interesting by the details it gives about the life of the monks in the viharas, that the Samgha-Rakshita, transmigration takes place, it is said, in the shape of a wall, a column, a tree, a flower, a fruit, a rope, a broom, a vase, a mortar, a pot, etc.
Buddhist Flag Meanings
The Dharma Wheel
In Buddhism—according to the Pali Canon, Vinayapitaka, Khandhaka,
Mahavagga, the number of spokes of the Dharmachakra represent
Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a Japanese Buddhist
chant based upon the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin (Feb 16, 1222 – Oct
13, 1282) a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333)
in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in
Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of
Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching.
Various schools with diverging interpretations of Nichiren's teachings comprise