The Teachings Of The Buddha

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Siddhartha Gautama, or simply the Buddha, a wise being whose teachings attributed to him were passed down for thousands of years, was born in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th century BC. Gautama is the founder of Buddhism, and is thought to have lived and taught the religion and philosophical ways that produced a great culture throughout much of southern and eastern Asia between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. Buddha, meaning “the awakened one” or “the enlightened one”, is a title, not a proper name and signifies the first awakened being in an era. Many people say that this ideology goes against any other major belief, like Christianity, since Buddhism does not look toward a divine figure, but instead looks toward a place, a state of mind. Despite the major differences in the destination, I believe that Buddhists, similar to Christians, are in search for a better place, and thus they are more alike then perceived. Buddhists believe that after ones life on earth, it will be re-born into a place of tranquility, whereas Christians believe that after physical life, comes eternal and spiritual life united with God. They believe that the Bible is divinely brilliant and that God wrote it using man as his tool. It’s the Lord’s list of instructions for anyone who wants to know how to reach this divine place where Jesus, the Messiah, and his father watch over mankind. In Buddhism, it is said that life is eternal, and that after ones physical existence, his or her…
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