Essay on Buddhism

1669 Words Jul 8th, 2015 7 Pages

Hongpei Lu

ELP 600

Julie Kidder


Buddhism Buddhism is a major global religion with a really complex history and system of beliefs; there are almost 350 million Buddhists around the world which makes Buddhism the fourth largest of the world's religions. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago and Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who lived about 25 centuries ago in what is now Nepal and northeastern India. He came to be called “the Buddha”, which means “awakened one”, after he experienced a profound realization of the nature of life, death and existence. In English, the Buddha was said to be enlightened, although in Sanskrit it is ‘Bodhi’ means
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As time goes on, everything of religious life has been developing and changing.
Siddhattha Gotama And Human Suffering Everyone knows Buddha, many people is interest in how Buddha comes to the world. It has to be dated back to millions years ago. Lumbini grove, where the person we know as Buddha was born sometimes between the seventh and the fifth centuries BCE, locates in the vicinity of Kapilavatthu, near the present-day border of India and Nepal. Buddha was called Siddhattha Gotama (Siddhartha Gautama in Sanskrit). It should not surprise that this was not his first birth, though this was to be the last, based on the widely believed saying of rebirth. He met someone already enlightened, which means already a Buddha, when he was in one of his previous lives. He was called Sumedha at that time, and he vowed to strive for enlightenment himself. He became a bodhisatta at first, a being devoted to seeking enlightenment. Only after many rebirths, he was to achieve enlightenment during his life as Siddhattha, which means the one who achieves his goal(Gowans,2003). It's a long and suffering way to become a Buddha.Many people want to be a Buddha,but among them a few people can success. Like most children experienced during their growth process, Siddhattha also met some

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