Essay about Buddhism, The Founder Of Buddhism

765 Words Jul 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Buddhism is said to be one of the oldest religions in the world. Starting in India and now known in most the world. Buddha Shakyamuni is the founder of Buddhism in this world. According to tradition Buddha lived from 563 to 483 B.C, but in other researches, it is said that he was born as a royal prince in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini. Lumbini was originally in northern India but is now part of Nepal. When he was born, he was named Siddhartha and there were many wonderful predictions about his future, one being that he would be a great king or that he would be a great religious teacher. His father wanting that he become the next king made sure to keep him away from the death, sickness, and suffering, and so then the ravages of poverty, disease, and even old age were, therefore, unknown to Siddhartha, who grew up enclosed by every comfort in a luxurious palace. At age twenty-nine, he made three consecutive chariot rides outside the palace lands and saw an old person, a sick person, and a corpse, all for the first time. On the fourth trip, he saw a nomadic holy man whose austerity inspired Siddhartha to follow a related path in search of freedom from the suffering caused by the infinite cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Because he knew his father would try to stop him, Siddhartha covertly left the palace in the middle of the night. At the age of twenty-nine, he followed a spiritual life of meditation, where he sought comfort by engaging in various yogic disciplines since…

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