Begging of Buddhism
Updated: 12/20/2019
Begging of Buddhism
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  • One day, Siddhartha left the palace, led by a friend he was raised with.
  • Siddhartha first saw a sick man. He was taught by his friend what sickness was, how it affected people, and that it could happen to anyone.
  • In between 2,300-2,500 years ago, there was a spoiled prince named Siddhartha Gautama, who had never left the palace borders.
  • Siddhartha went home home later that day, though ran way to find the meaning of life in Hinduism when he was 29.
  • He next saw a very old man, who he questioned, and was taught that if you are lucky enough to make it to an older age you will most likely look like the old man did.
  • Siddhartha saw a family crying, and outcasts taking out a carcass, that he questioned, and learned that happens to everyone at the end of their life.
  • Siddhartha lived an ascetic, meditated, and studied life for 6 years with 5 other ascetics, dehydrating and starving himself in a cave.
  • One day, a young girl came up to the cave Siddhartha was living in, to give him a bowl of rice. He had been so hungry from starving that he was extremely grateful for the bowl of rice. This is when he realized that life should not be all about
  • Finally, Siddhartha Gautama found the answer to suffering, and reached the highest level of enlightenment, or Nirvana. In that time he had achieved the Buddha.
  • Siddhartha left his ascetic friends, and walked a while until he stopped at a Bodhi to sit under. He promised himself to not get up until he found what defined suffering with Hinduism. In this time, he had to overpower the demon, Mara, who incapacitated him to become the Buddha. 
  • After walking about 100 miles, Buddha reunited with the 5 ascetics that he had left, who became the first he taught. Others came to learn from him over time, and so he taught them all about Dharma. The Buddha also taught them about the 4 Noble Truths, which consist of the facts that life is suffering, suffering comes from wants and desires. eliminate wants to attain Nirvana, and follow the 8 fold path. The 8 fold path consists of right view, right intention, right speech, right actions, right livelyhood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
  • With this information, the newly Buddha did not know if he should teach it or not because he was not able to form it into words. Though the king of gods, Brahma, persuaded him to teach, so the Buddha stood up from his spot under the Bodhi tree, and went out to go teach others about his new knowledge.
  • For the rest of his life, the Buddha was a nomad to teach others and preached Dharma, which is the name for the teachings of Buddha. He wanted to direct others on the path and to enlightenment. The Buddha also believed a taught that the Middle Way is the best way to live. The Middle Way is the lifestyle of not being in a luxurious status, but not a suffering lifestyle. Though he did not teach karma, which is something that was taught in Hinduism. The Buddha believed that we are able to control our fate. He believed in peace, and when he died, he told his followers to follow no leader. The Buddha had a major affect on other religions and has affected the world, by spreading to most of Asia and other parts of the world.
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