The Buddh The Four Noble Truths And Beliefs

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The four noble truths work together as a sequence. They are often compared to a doctor diagnosing an illness. The first tells what the illness is, the second tells us what causes the illness, the third is to show that there is hope for a cure and the fourth is like being prescribed the treatment.

Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th century BCE. Siddhartha Gautama is also referred to as the Buddha, meaning the awakened one. Siddhartha Gautama was born a royal prince in ancient India. When the Buddha saw an old man, a sick man and a dead man and this made him realize that he was privileged and that the world has suffering in it. Because of this, the Buddha decided to journey into the forest to meditate and follow a spiritual life. After six years in the forest the Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under a peepal tree, now known as the Bodhi tree.
After his enlightenment the Buddha taught his first sermon to a group of five companions. He then travelled all over India delivering his teachings and the religion quickly became popular and successful. He taught his followers (who became known as Buddhists) sermons on how to reach enlightenment and nirvana. He taught them about suffering. A quote from the Buddha that summarizes his teachings is; "I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That is all I teach". (BBC)
One of the Buddha’s teachings is the eightfold path. The eightfold path is a summary of what a Buddhist must do to free

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