Siddhartha Is The Basis Of Buddhism

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Siddhartha, or more commonly recognized as Buddha, is the basis of Buddhism. Around 500 BC Buddha was prophesized to either to be a spiritual teacher or a worldly ruler. Siddhartha was hidden from agony and pain by his father who wanted him to rule all of India someday. This aspect allowed him to experience a life filled with wealth and fulfillment of desires. However, at 29 years of age he went out for chariot rides and saw 3 universal truths; a sick person (illness), old man (suffering) and a corpse (death). Therefore he started to contemplate the reason to suffering and how to end it, in order to gain something one must first lose everything (Grubin). After abandonment of his wealthy life standards, he lived the life of self-neglect. However, both extremes of penance and self-satisfaction cured him of his suffering or moved him toward the path of enlightenment. After realizing this, Buddha states “Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata, that which produces vision and knowledge, leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to freedom.” which correlates to how one should live their life in balance from both extremes (“The Path To Peace”, 2009). This realization lead him to develop the four noble truths; the truths of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, the truth of the middle path leading to the end of suffering ( “Buddhist Studies: The Four Noble Truths”, 2008). After realizing the
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