Origin Of Buddhism Essay

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It is believed that Buddhism originates in India around 5th century and traces back to a man by the name of Siddhartha Gautama. Who formed a group of people who were against the idea of the old Vedic religion (the predecessor of Hinduism) and were after a new view on spirituality.
The legend says Siddhartha was a prince born to a King and queen who saw the suffering outside the walls of his glorious life a sought a way to free himself and others from sickness, death and old age. He decided to leave his palace, wife and son to become a monk to learn about life and what caused the suffering.
After a long time, trying different ways to achieve enlightenment, he did, becoming the Buddha or the Enlightened One. For the rest of
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• The Second Noble Truth sates that suffering is caused by desire and hate and getting what we want does not equal happiness.
• The Third Noble Truth says that this suffering cannot be avoided but overcome and that true happiness can be attained.
• The Fourth Noble Truth is simply that the Noble 8-fold path is the path to end this suffering.
The Noble 8-fold path
It is the path to being moral around how we live our lives. It is also understood the Four Noble Truths and living by them.
5 Precepts
Buddhism also has five precepts, which is their moral code which include: ‘’not to take the life of anything living, not to take anything not freely given, to abstain from sexual misconduct and sensual overindulgence, to refrain from untrue speech, and to avoid intoxication, that is, losing mindfulness.’
Karma is an effect that Buddhism strongly believes in – all our actions have consequences and everyone is responsible for their actions. Karma is judged by the intention, the effect to themselves and others.
"All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high
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Prayer beads are also a very common tool in the process. They are a bracelet or necklace with a certain number of beads on them that dictates how many times a certain mantra (small prayer) is said.
Contributions to society
During the time when Buddhism was rising in India, it had a large effect on the culture and society there.
Buddhism was the first to relay the belief that actions, determined social positions rather than birth or circumstances. For example no one is born an outcast, it is determined by your actions through cause and effect.
Buddhism also introduced India to the idea of gender equality and women’s rights. The Buddha let women into his temples and let them study and even gain positions within. It created new and respectable careers for women. Buddhism in turn raised the status and position of women in India.
Buddhism teachings were originally taught in the very simple language of the Prakriti and over time moved to more complex and lesser known languages such as Pali and Sanskrit. This exposed these languages to more people and texts written in them gave them a boost in literary development and

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