Buddhism : A Basis For Reality Essay

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Phillip Rickett
Professor Chris Collins
Philosophy 101
11 December 2016

Buddhism: A Basis for Reality

Buddhism can be used to understand the complexities of our reality. Since Buddhism is based solely on observations that can be observed by anyone; this allows each individual to reach a state of enlightenment within their lifetime. Buddhist teachings free your mind from the suffering that you have experienced since birth and throughout your life. The perceptions we have created of our self and our lives have distorted our realities. If you follow the path of Buddhism, you can truly see the world for what it is and live free from suffering.

1.1 History
In order to understand the fundamental Buddhist concepts, we must first understand how Buddhism started. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama around the 5th century BC in India. Siddhartha was a warrior prince who renounced his royal lineage, left his family and all of his worldly possessions in search of a way to end all human suffering. He sat and meditated under a peepal tree until the answers he sought came to him. It was during this meditation that Siddhartha became enlightened and became known as Buddha. He realized that all human suffering was a direct result from the resistance to change. Buddha believed that we are stuck in a perpetual cycle of birth, life and death (samsara) and in order to escape this one must become enlightened.

1.2 What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is one of the oldest
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