Buddhism: History and Beliefs. Essay

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The practices and beliefs of Buddhism have evolved much since it was founded by Gautama Siddhartha, an Ex prince of India who had left home in search of answers. Buddhism originated in India, the religion begun around 500 BCE. Buddhism is the teachings of the Buddha, who believed in more of a moral code rather than religion. Buddhism goes by the law of Karma, meaning one person’s deeds stack up depending on the moral ground the person is standing upon. The Buddha, Gautama Siddhartha, was unsatisfied with his surroundings and wished to find the answers of existence. Siddhartha wandered for six years and during that time, had gained enlightenment. However Gautama did not want to or desire to share the teachings and wisdom he had gained over …show more content…
Truth number 4 is the truth of the path, which is quite literally the Eightfold path. The Eightfold path is the path leading to the end of suffering, every step within the eightfold path is dependent on one another and are related, the eight steps are, 1. Right understanding. 2. Right thought. 3. Right speech. 4. Right action. 5. Right livelihood. 6. Right effort. 7. Right mindfulness. 8. Right concentration.
Like many religions during that time period Siddhartha had repudiated many religious assumption. There were also multiple religions that Gautama did not accept and claimed they were false, he also did not accept the caste system, or put great importance in ritual. India’s cast system was one that had made it so that the poor stay poor and the rich stay rich, at the top of the system was the Brahmin the religious leaders and then it went to the wealthy nobles, the middle class, finally going to the lower class. Siddhartha had pushed for personal discipline but gave lots of movement room into what a person could consider what was morally wrong or right. The teachings had followed more of a moral code. Siddhartha followed the idea that Religion and society should remain separate.
The teachings and followings of the Buddha are not hard to understand. The teachings are ra-ther simple to understand. The main idea of Buddhism is personal spiritual development. Personal Spiritual Development means

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