The Death Of Siddhartha Gautama

1017 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
When an average person thinks of Siddhartha Gautama, they often link the religious figure with someone who achieved happiness through various forms of mediation. These generalizations are often fueled by artistic illustrations of the Buddha, which, almost universally, depict him sitting in the Lotus Position. While the religion of Buddhism has deep roots in various forms of meditation, there is not a cut and dry method for an individual to obtain the highest of Buddhist goals, freedom from suffering. In pursuit of this goal, many different schools of Meditation have emerged since the death of Siddhartha Gautama. Each of these schools has developed, what they believe to be, the best method for an individual to reduce their suffering in this world and to follow the noble path of the Buddha. However, while each school will have their own stylistic method, the path towards enlightenment should place emphasis on the practices that an individual deems the best for their needs. Enlightenment is defined as to the act of giving intellectual or spiritual light to an individual. In Buddhism, the act of achieving enlightenment and breaking the cycle of rebirth is seen as the highest goal that humanity can achieve. Within Buddhism, the act of meditation is seen as one of the most favorable method for someone to embody the religion’s philosophies. Many people use these forms of meditation in order to work towards enlightenment and personal happiness. The issue, however, of achieving…
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