Buddha's contributions to the world of philosophy

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Buddhism, a religion that is practiced by most Indian communities, is named after Gautama Buddha. He was a religious teacher, and his work began in the north of India. The dates for his birth and death have been subject to discussion as they are not certain. Different researchers have indicated different dates, but they all range at around the mid BCE. Information that concerns and illustrates the life of Buddha is mainly contained in his writings and texts. The Buddha had monks who were his followers, and during his life he spent time with the monks conversing and reviewing his knowledge on spirituality. His monks were very loyal, and after the Buddha's death they thrived to conserve and maintain his teachings and made accounts of his …show more content…
He lived a lavish life, with cyclic palaces depending on his trips and journeys. His mother's sister raised him. At the age of sixteen, Buddha's father set and approved a wedding between Buddha and his cousin, who gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. He lived as the prince of his father's kingdom for twenty-nine years (Shriram 1987).

The Great DepartureAs said earlier Buddha had not been exposed to a life of problems and any kind of suffering; therefore at some point in time he had traveled to see to it that some issues were dealt with. In the course of this travel, he met the sick, the suffering aged people, and he was moved. He had no idea that people would eventually grow old, and this really devastated him. As he progressed with his trip, the prince kept seeing diseased people and the dead, and he felt enthused. Moving on the king came across an ascetic. An ascetic is a person who has set his life apart to deny himself worldly things and follow religion. An ascetic lives the kind of lifestyle that involves self-restraint from all kinds of worldly delight, particularly when it comes to alcohol and sexual doings (Hamilton 1996).

The Buddha was touched by the ascetic lifestyle and felt deeply humbled by the suffering of the poor and the aged, and he decided to become an ascetic. He ran away from his royal home on his horse, and he hoofed it so that it could not make any noise. He left his luxurious life and he started living like a peasant. This movement and abscond