Essay 2 - Buddhism - Anil Kanungo (ASK 358) Brereton ANS...

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Anil Kanungo (ASK 358) Brereton – ANS 301R The Four Nobles Truths and The Buddhacarita “I am born for Awakening, for the welfare of the world; this is the last coming into existence for me!”(Bc 1.14). These were the words of Guatama Buddha spoken upon birth as the first of many miracles. Guatama Buddha would be destined to embark on an epic journey in which he would strive to (and eventually accomplish) find the path to enlightenment. Through his journey, he discovered and established the Four Noble Truths , which has many psychological, existential, and spiritual contexts to what is Buddhism. At his birth, the seer Asita foretold Siddhartha (Guatama) to be either a great king or a great holy man. The King, who preferred his son to be the former of the two, took it upon himself to “imprison” his son and indulge him in the best of worldly pleasures. Surely this would encourage him to remain as royalty and to eventually choose kingship (Bc 1). Buddha, however, was destined to find the path to enlightenment and at the age of 29 he is presented with the “Four Sights,” the first step in his quest to end all suffering (Wikipedia). The “Four Sights” Buddha saw were in the form of an old man, a diseased man, a dead man, and an ascetic. This was an introduction for Guatama to the concept of “suffering.” Growing up in a luxurious palace under a king that granted him the best of pleasures, Guatama Buddha is utterly perplexed by these sufferings. He exclaims: “Old age strikes thus without distinction, memory, beauty, and manly vigor; Yet people do not become dejected, even when they see such a man with their eyes…how can I find joy in the gardens, when fear of old age occupies my mind?” (Bc 3.36-37)
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There is a psychological complex here in Buddha that is very interesting to note. As adults we have become accepting of death, old age, and disease as inevitable evils of life. Buddha on the
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2009 for the course ANS 301R taught by Professor Brereton during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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