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An Evaluation on Buddha’s Speech of Fire Sermon

Author(s): Necati Sümer
Subject(s): Indian Philosophy, History of Religion
Published by: Tekirdağ Namık Kemal Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi
Keywords: History of Religions; Buddhism; Buddha; Fire Sermon;

Summary/Abstract: Buddhism is a belief system that emerged as a reaction to Hinduism. Buddha is the founder of this religion. Buddhism has been mostly shaped around via Buddha’s life and views. In particular, the Buddha's sermons are one of the most important factor in the sense of spreading of this religion. In this context, the Fire Sermon has an important place among Buddhists. Identified with the symbol of fire, this sermon is a breaking threshold for Buddhism. After this sermon, hundreds of monks follow Buddha's path. The sermon, which has a generally religious and philosophical content, invites monks to salvation. Through this sermon, Buddha tells his followers about his life adventure and the results he has achieved. The Sermon of Fire, which gives comprehensive information about the faith life of Buddhism, reveals the reasons why man is wrong in this world. He talks about desire, passion, and hatred that cause suffering. The sermon, which states that the reincarnation process is wearing out, proposes Nirvana as a way of salvation for the monks. Buddha reaches Nirvana under the Bodhi tree. Here he matures and discovers the truth. The Buddha suggests that his followers mature through this sermon. In this context, first a short history of Buddhism and then the life of Buddha was included in this study. Thus, the process and grounds of the Fire Sermon were discussed. Finally, it was revealed what and how this sermon told and what messages it gave.

  • Issue Year: 6/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 1165-1188
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Turkish