Buddhism : Life And Teachings Of Buddhism

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Buddhism is based on the life and teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha, who was a spiritual master who lived in the fifth century B.C.E. in what it is today Nepal and northeastern India. Even though the roots of Buddhism are in the Indian subcontinent, so that is shares many of the concerns of the complex of religions known collectively as Hinduism, it seeks to rise above all cultures and traditions and to lead all being (humans, deities, animals) up to perfect enlightenment and complete liberation from all suffering. The Dharma means the “eternal truth about reality,” and it teaches that the Dharma is, over immensely long periods of time, forgotten and then rediscovered by beings who have fully awakened to reality as it is and are therefore called Buddhas, or the awakened ones. There have been scholars that have tried for years to reconstruct the life of Sakyamuni Buddha and his teachings but have not reached a consensus yet. It is said though that Buddha lived in the northeastern Indian subcontinent during a period of religious and social turmoil. Since it has been impossible to recover the life of the Buddha with historical accuracy, which makes it difficult to exactly say how much of the Dharma comes from the Buddha or how much from the followers.
There are teachings of Buddha, called The Four Noble Truths; suffering, the arising of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path leading to the cessation of suffering. The Four Noble Truths begin with a formulation of the…
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