Essay on Jesus and Buddha

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I chose two religious figures, Buddha and Jesus who had religious experiences and became well known as the founders of their religion. The reason I chose these two people is because Jesus is a well known figure of Christianity and I wanted to compare it to a religion that is more known in the Eastern culture, which is Buddhism. Jesus Christ was born to Joseph and Mary born in a manger and was first discovered by some wise men traveling through the dessert. His childhood consisted of growing in the town of Nazareth where he was baptized at the age of 30. Shortly after being baptized, Jesus was led into the dessert by God where he fasted for forty days. While fasting, the devil tried to tempt Jesus 3 times, but he did not give in to…show more content…
It was no use, some of his father’s guards missed some people and Siddhartha soon realized that people eventually get sick and die. “At the age of 29, Siddhartha came to realize that he could not be happy living as he had been. He had discovered suffering, and wanted more than anything to discover how one might overcome suffering.” (Boeree, George) He set forth to the forest, giving away his rich clothes, horse, and shaving his head. He started doing private practices with a group of five ascetics. Together they practiced for 6 years and the ascetics were so astonished they soon become followers of Siddhartha. Siddhartha still wasn’t satisfied in the answers he was finding and soon began to give up food and water, almost reaching death. Realizing these extreme behaviors weren’t going to get him answers, he decided he needed a middle way between life’s luxuries and self-mortification. Siddhartha sat himself under a fig and said he would sit there until he could find the answers to human suffering. He begins with meditating and concentration to clear his mind. Although “The Evil One” Mara tried to stop Siddhartha from achieving his goal, it was no use. “He began to see the universe as one and the great awakening had happened.” (Smith) Siddhartha had reach enlightenment and became Buddha. Over time Buddha, started teaching the 5 ascetics on how one most become enlightened. He explained to
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