Siddhartha Gautama Was The Founder Of Buddhism Essay

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Siddhartha Gautama was the founder of Buddhism. He was an Indian prince that was kept away from the outside world because his father feared that Siddhartha would not become the next great ruler. Eventually he got out of his isolation and saw the suffering of the people. Once he saw the pain of the people, he left his wife and family to live an ascetic life. (“Siddhartha Gautama Becomes the Buddha: c. 500 bce."). The Bhiksus were the monks that taught others the religion of Buddhism. They were a council of people devoted to the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The first meeting of the first council was reported to be after the death of the Buddha. They had three major functions within the council, all functions were on how to function without the Buddha around anymore. (“Councils: Buddhist Councils.") Asoka was not the first of his father’s sons to gain control over the throne. Once he grew up he became the leader of the military forces for the empire. Asoka was wounded in battle and became afraid that Susima might come to kill him so that he can gain control of the throne next. Asoka stayed hidden among a group of Buddhist nuns and monks. They treated his wounds and started teaching him of the Buddhist culture ("Aśoka Spreads Buddhism Throughout Central Asia: 269–232 bce."). The Bhiksus The spread of Buddhism had a major cultural impact on other people because of the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the Bhikṣus, and Asoka. The Indian Prince named Siddhartha Gautama left…

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