Nontheistic Religion: Buddhism And The Life Of Buddhism

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Buddhism is a nontheistic religion that incorporates many traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings credited by Siddhartha Gautama, who is universally known as the Buddha, meaning "the awakened one". The practice of Buddhism has been around for over 2,500 years and is largely practiced by many people around the world, especially in Asia and in parts of Japan. At 29 years old Siddhartha Gautama was fed up with the harsh reality and suffering in the world, so he ventured out find enlightenment. By the age of 35, he found that enlightenment and from then on spent the rest of his life passing on his teachings of Buddhism to those who wanted to learn. Buddhism is not only a religion, but it’s also a way of life that leads one …show more content…
It helps one focus on themselves rather than the sufferings of outside world.
Born into royalty, Siddhartha Gautama was born in the 5th century in Nepal, India and lived a very lavish and profligate lifestyle. His father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Sayka people and his mother’s name was Maya, she was the queen of the Sayka peoples. “Buddha’s given name was Siddhartha (he who has achieved his goal). Later, he was called Śākyamuni (Sage of the Śākyas), because his family was part of the warrior Śākya clan, which also used the Brahman clan name Gautama (descendant of the sage Gotama). He is described as a handsome, black-haired boy“(Scott, Victoria, 2014). Just after the young prince was born, his mother died from childbirth complications, soon after his father married his mothers’ sister, Mahaprajapati, who helped raised Gautama. Before he was born, a sage prophesied that the boy would be either a Buddha or a universal monarch. “A great joy is to be yours, O king, O queen.
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The basic concepts of Buddhism lie within the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path. The four noble truths are considered as the “base” for Buddhism and are often referred to as The Truth of Dukkha. “The first truth is that life is suffering, life includes pain, getting old, disease, and ultimately death. We also endure psychological suffering like loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger.” (White and Dhammika, 1993). Life is filled with suffering inevitably and no matter what you’re going to suffer. Through his works of mediation, one can understand that suffering is ceaseable and that there is a path that leads one away from suffering. The second noble truth is “suffering is caused by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we expect other people to conform to our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want” (White and Dhammika, 1993). A lot of suffering in today’s world comes from the desire of wanting to have something to obtain happiness. Many people believe that materialistic items will bring them happiness if they get them some way, but in the end, these items do not bring you true happiness, a happy mind does. The third noble truth, “Suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained; true happiness and contentment are possible.” It is believed

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