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    The Four Noble Truths and The Bodhi Tree According to historical text, the Buddha reached enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. This experience opened his eyes to the truths of existence, which came to be known as the Four Noble Truths. By comparing sections of the tale of the Bodhi tree to each of the Noble Truths, the ideas of life, death, and rebirth will be shown as interconnected around the individual. The connection explored is crucial to understanding the meaning of life and the path to enlightenment. The first Noble Truth is that life is Dukkha, or that life is always full of dissatisfaction. As Buddha undergoes his first watch, he feels compassion for the people, during his first watch, he states “again and again they must leave the…

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    The Bodhi Temple

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    To start with, the service at the Bodhi Temple started at 10 am. At the front of the temple were three identical Buddhas. The middle Buddha was the original founder of Buddhism. On the left sat the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. On the right sat Amida, who, according to the “guide” who helped me understand the rituals, resides in the Pure Land in Pure Land Buddhism. Most of the service was facing the Buddhas, and all the meditations and chanting was directed towards the Buddhas as well. In front…

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    Buddhism Change Over Time

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    Buddism is a religion that originated 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gautama (known as the Buddah) was himself enlightened at the age of 35. In Siddhartha Gotama’s early years, he lived as a prince in his royal palace. When he was 29 years old, he retired to the forest where he followed a spiritual life of meditation. He attained enlightenment after six years under the Bodhi Tree in in Bodh Gaya, India. Siddhartha was not the founder of a new religion, but the founder and leader of a group…

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    ~1st Slide~ He lived in India 2500 years ago; who’s story of confronting suffering inspired one of the world’s greatest religions, Buddhism, the 4th largest religion in the world. While scholars agree that he did in fact live, the events of his life are still debated. But according to the most widely known story, he was the son of a king in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, who abandoned life of luxury to seek enlightenment. It was a difficult and spiritual journey. Meditating under the Bodhi…

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    These teachings are the principles that Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the Bodhi tree. The four noble truths include the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering, and the truth of the path to the cessation of suffering. The truth of suffering is also known as Dukkha. According to Buddha, the root of suffering stems from human desire. The inability to become truly satisfied is the source of suffering. The second noble…

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    Six Major World Religions

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    Hinduism is the third. Although Buddhism, Judaism and Jainism have a small number of followers as compared to the three largest religions, they also enlighten people, guide them to do good deeds, and help them find the purposes of their lives Schaefer.) Why does Buddhism found primarily in Asia? What is Buddhism and its beliefs? What did Buddha teach? What does the pray "Amitabha Buddha" mean? What is karma and how does karma apply? These questions will be discussed as major teachings of…

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    age, one who had died, and a content monk who was perfectly pleased with his life. These viewings showed that if he were to continue remaining in his life it would only ultimately result in experiencing suffering. Within his search, he attempts asceticism by surviving on a scarce diet of only consuming a single grain of rice a day. His efforts to attain happiness were still in vain as he nearly starved himself to death, fainted in a river, and thus discontinued in humiliating defeat. He grew to…

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    one has to familiarize themselves with the foundation and traditions of Buddhism. Buddhism was founded in the late 6th century B.C.E. by Siddhartha Gautama. Gautama was born to a royal family and a life of privilege and was called Prince Siddhartha. During chariot rides through the kingdom, he happened to see an old man, a sick man, and a human corpse, and finally a holy man. After deeply realizing the nature of human suffering from birth, old age, sickness, and death, prince Siddhartha…

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    Buddha Sculpture Analysis

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    Oppositely, Buddhism is an aniconic belief. In other words, they believe that creating images with human or even animal figure to represent the Buddha is offensive and the prohibited to use any figure of human an animal in spiritual practice. Therefore, in the early Buddhist history, they only use symbol like empty throne, Bodhi tree or dharma wheel to represent Buddha; however, Buddhism has changed as time goes by. During Gupta Period, Buddhism has become iconic which is the opposite of…

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    an afterlife, but instead focused on the four noble truths and creating a life that leads to the Eightfold Path. The ultimate goal in Buddhism is enlightenment, which involves the extinguishing of all suffering, and to achieve nirvana by ending all factors that lead one to suffer. In Buddha’s early years, he took interest in finding the end to all suffering and went on a quest for six years. He decided to do this after witnessing a monk do the same. During this time of searching and…

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