The Buddhist monks are celebrating the Buddhist festival with the community.
We are here to celebrate the religion Siddhartha Gautama made, Buddhism.
Yes, Siddhartha, or the Buddha, was born into a Noble family in Kapilauvastu.
Buddha lived in a palace for the first 29 years of his life. He only ventured out four times: first time out he saw an old man, second time he saw a sick man, the third time a corpse, and finally he saw a holy man in peace
After these four events, Buddha understood that every living thing experiences old age, sickness, and death. Only a religious life offers refuge from inevitable suffering
After that he wandered around a forest for six years seeking enlightenment and wisdom. Finally towards the end of his journey he settled under a Bodhi tree. He meditated under it for forty nine days where he understood the suffering in the world. From that day on he was known was the Buddha, the enlightened one.
I learned school about the four noble truths. Life is filled with suffering and sorrow. The cause of all suffering is due to selfishness for brief moments of pleasure. Way to end all suffering is to end all desires. Way to follow eightfold path is called middle way. I also learned that by following the eight fold path you can achieve nirvana, Buddha's release from selfishness and pain
In school, I learned that Buddhism accepts reincarnation. Also, the final goal for all Buddhist is to achieve nirvana. Nirvana means to live your life out in peace.
In the beginning of Buddhism, there were five disciples called sagha. Eventually sagha became known as the entire religious community. Centuries following the Buddha's death, missionaries spread his religion across Asia; from Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia in the third century. It also traveled along trade routes. Merchants would pass the religion on to other people. This was done by the Dharmas buddists passed along. Dharmas were buddhist doctrines or teachings