Essay about The Buddha, His Experience And His Backgrounds
Exploring World Religions Workbook Answers
Unit 6: The Buddha, His Experience and His Backgrounds
1. Why Gautama is called the Buddha
b. Siddhartha Gautama was born around 563 B.C. in India, he was the heir to a throne, and however at the age of twenty-nine he deserted it. His father, King Suddhodana, who was the leader of a large clan called the Shakya. His mother, Queen Maya, died shortly after his birth. Siddhartha was the prince, and at the age of sixteen he married a neighboring princess, Yasodhara. They had a son, and his name was Rahula.
c. The “Four Passing Sights” were Siddhartha’s first experiences that included age, sickness, death, and renunciation. The first three experiences of age, sickness, and death left him in dismay and astonishment. The last experience renunciation made Siddhartha become determined to find a way to end suffering.
d. Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment is how he lived a life of wandering ascetic.
e. Siddhartha sat himself beneath the Bo Tree in the meditation posture and vowed not to rise from meditation until he had attained perfect enlightenment, at dusk Mara, also known as the Lord of Death began to challenge him by conjuring up many fearful apparitions, however she noticed that she was unable to frighten him, so she distract him by manifesting a…