Buddhism, Buddhism And Buddhism Essay

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Buddhism and Jainism are belief systems that originated in India in the 6th Century. Both Buddhism and Jainism are polytheistic religions. The main goal of Buddhism is enlightenment, a belief which is centered on the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, while, Jainism is centered around the continued teachings of 24 prior teachers through Vardhaman Mahavira, and focus on the liberation of the soul.
Buddhavamsa, is a Buddhist scripture, which is a part of the Pali Canon of Theravada (book of scriptures of the Theravadan Buddhist traditions) Buddhavamsa claims there were 24 preceding Buddha’s before the 6th century Buddha. Interesting similarity between Buddha and Mahavira was in the names, Mahavira was born to a Kshatriya chief named Siddhartha and Buddha was a Kshatriya chief, whose birth name was Siddhartha. Both, Buddha and Mahavira, married brides named Yasodara. Both, Buddha and Mahavira, achieved enlightenment under a tree.
The founder of Buddhism was, Siddhartha Gautama, the son of a Shakyas king. Gautama led a sheltered and privileged life until one day he encountered, an old man, an ill man, a corpse and an ascetic. This was a changing point in his life, and then he renounced his princely title and became a monk. He searched for what he believed to be the truth. It is said that, while meditating beneath a tree, Buddha, finally came to an understanding about how to be free from suffering, and to ultimately achieve salvation. Following this epiphany, Gautama…

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