From The Time Of 560 B.c

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Around the time of 560 B.C.E. a child, who would transform the world, was born in the Southern hills of the Himalayan Mountains. This boy was named Siddhartha Gautama, later becoming the creator of Buddhism. His conception is known to be similar to the one of baby Jesus. Siddhartha’s mother, Queen Maya of the Kshatriya warrior caste, had a dream where she was lifted to the heavens and greeted by “a perfect white elephant.”1 This elephant bowed down and then entered himself into her side, impregnating her. This dream was then interpreted by 64 wise men. They said that if he were to stay in the palace he would become a great king. If Siddhartha were to leave the walls of the palace, he would become a great spiritual leader. After his birth,…show more content…
He did this without attending to cravings and indulgences. This became known as the middle way, a place “that lies between all extremes.”2 He then sat under a Bodhi tree and began to meditate. While meditating, he was visited by a demon named Mara. Mara offered his three daughters, Craving, Discontent, and Lust, to Siddhartha. He did this to try _______________________________ 1. Kripal, Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms, 61. 2. Kripal, Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms, 63. and interrupt the meditation. It is said that Siddhartha turned Mara’s scepter into a bouquet of flowers and the demon let him be. This experience caused him to reach his enlightened state, making him the Buddha. In Buddha’s main teachings there is three marks of dharma. Nothing in our world stays the same; we are always changing, growing, and aging. Every second, something is changing inside of our bodies and in our mind. Technology is always improving and becoming better. The weather changes every time there is a new season. Nothing is permanent, and that is the teaching of anitya, or impermanence. The teaching of anatman, or no self, deals with the impermanence of humans. The last teaching is duhkha, or suffering. This is the main problem that Buddha saw in the world. This suffering is caused from things we want, but cannot have, or keep in our possession. Another part of the Buddha’s teachings is the
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