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Buddhism Breaks Apart Essay

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Buddhism Breaks Apart
Buddhism is the religion of spiritual enlightenment through the suppressing of one’s worldly desires. Buddhism takes one on the path of a spiritual journey, to become one with their soul. It teaches one how to comprehend life’s mysteries, and to cope with them. Founded in 525 B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama; Theravada Buddhism is the first branch of Buddhism; it was a flourishing religion in India before the invasions by the Huns and the Muslims, and Mahayana Buddhism formed due to new locations, it was altered according to local influences. Buddhists believe that Buddha is not a deity, but just an ideal guide to reach enlightenment in order to get closer to God.
Buddha was born of a virgin mother Queen Mayadevi. The night Buddha was conceived Queen Mayadevi dreamed of a white elephant descending from heaven and entering her womb. The elephant entering her womb indicated that she had conceived a child who was a powerful being. At the time of labor the queen felt no pain, instead had a vision in which she stood holding a branch, and the Gods Brahma and Indra took the child painlessly.”(Buddha’s Birth and the Queens Dream)” Buddha’s mother passed on seven days after giving birth to him, and the Queen’s sister did his nurturing.
Therefore, Buddha grew up in the household of Queen Mayadevi’s younger sister. One day as a young man, Siddhartha slipped out of the palace with a servant to explore the kingdom. He noticed a matured man, but when he inquired why this man was sitting in the scorching sun all day, he was astonished by the answer. The man had attained enlightenment by riding himself of his worldly desires, seeing this Buddha departed from home in order to attain the same enlightenment. Buddha journeyed for years studying under several teachers to obtain an equivalent state of elucidation, but in the end, he gave up on his teachers. Traveling the world in search of answers Buddha became exhausted and discouraged; Buddha sat down beneath a papal tree, and vowed that he wouldn’t move until he had reached enlightenment. After forty days without food or water, Buddha finally reached an enlightened state. Buddhism was formed in 525 B.C. when Buddha achieved enlightenment.
After obtaining enlightenment, Buddha formed the basic beliefs for his followers. The four noble truths are the early doctrines of Buddhism, Dukhka, Trishna, Nirvana, and Eightfold Path.”(Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition pg 3)” Enlightenment can only be reached through these steps. When one acknowledges suffering to be a part of life, they learn to deal with pain. If one is, suffering then there is always a reason behind it, namely craving or attachment to material objects. There is a cessation or pause of suffering, and that leads to the eightfold path if one has the right view, intentions, speech, actions, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and concentration. During the remaining forty-five years, Buddha spent his life...

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