Forty-nine days after Buddha achieved enlightenment he was requested to teach. As a result of this request, Buddha climbed from meditation and qualified the first Wheel of Dharma.
These teachings which comprise the Sutra of the Four Noble Truths and new discussions are the major cause of the Hinayana, or minor Vehicle, of Buddhism. Afterward, Buddha trained the second and third controls of Dharma, which consist of the Perfection of understanding Sutras and the Sutra discerning the meaning respectively. These experiences are the foundation of the Mahayana or Great Vehicle of Buddhism.
In the Hinayana teachings Buddha give details of how to accomplish liberation from distress for oneself alone, and in the Mahayana teaching he enlightens how to achieve full illumination, or Buddhahood, for the sake of others. Both traditions increased in Asia, at first in India and then slowly in other neighboring countries, together with Tibet. Nowadays they are also opening to boom in the West.
“Dharma” means “protection”. By working Buddha’s teachings we defend ourself from distress and troubles. All the problems we practice throughout daily life initiate from lack of knowledge and the system for reducing ignorance is to perform Dharma.
Practicing Dharma is the best method for improving the value of our human life. The superiority of life depends not ahead exterior development or objects progress, but upon the internal progress of silence and happiness. For instance, in the past several Buddhists lived in poor and immature countries, but they were capable to find clean, eternal happiness by committed what Buddha had taught.
If we incorporate Buddha’s teachings into our every day life we will be capable to explain all our personal problems and reach a truly peaceful mind. Without inner peace, external peace is unfeasible.
If we first found peace within our minds by guidance in spiritual paths, outer peace will come obviously; but if we do not, world harmony will not at all be attained, no issue how many people drive for it.