Buddhism Is Not A Religion Essay

1244 Words Apr 14th, 2016 5 Pages
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment,” Buddha. Buddhism takes a very straightforward look at our human condition; nothing is based on wishful thinking, at all. Everything that the Buddha taught was based on his own observation of the way things are. Everything that he taught can be verified by our own observation of the way things are. Buddhism is not a religion, it 's a philosophical view on life. Buddhism is practiced and believed in most regions of Asia. It was originally founded in India and is a lifestyle, more than a religion. In the 6th century B.C.E, there was a prince named Siddhartha Gautama, “Buddha,” whose father kept him locked away in a palace far away because a prophecy told them that they would lose the kingdom if he ever left. But this was a good way to live, he had good food, great entertainment, a “hot cousin or a wife,” etc. but expected that there was more to life, so he snuck out of the palace a few times. On these travels,he encountered an old man, a sick man, and finally, a corpse. Having realized the ubiquity of suffering, Siddhartha left the palace, renounced the crown, and sought out the holiest men to find how it could be possible that life can come to such a terrible end. Eventually, Gautama became an ascetic. Fasting and meditating for days at a time, hoping to find enlightenment. And finally, after meditating for about a month under a tree,it came to him; Nirvana. A transcendent…

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