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Hey dad, can you teach me more about Buddhism?
Siddhartha was born in Kapilavastu. It all starts in India. Siddhartha was seeking Enlightenment in the forest of India.
Did he ever seek enlightenment?
At first, he didn't. He would do things such as eat only 6 grams of rice each day. At last, he did when he sat and started meditating under the Bhodi Tree for 49 days. He was able to understand what was causing suffering in the world. He was then known as Budha which means the enlightened one.
It is clear that a religion is starting out of this. Did he ever preach or educate people about this new religion?
Of course! He preached his first sermons to 5 of his companions. That first sermon became a landmark in the history of the world’s religions. In it, he talks about the four main ideas that he had understood in his enlightenment. He called those ideas the Four Noble Truths.
Buddah also created the eightfold path which is a guide to behavior. They would need to master one thing at a time which would usually take a whole lifetime of a person. By following this guide anyone can be free from pain and unselfish.
Buddah had a Dharma. This is basically just a Buddhist doctrine or teachings. This was part of the sangha or the Buddhist religious order.
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