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Unformatted text preview: Religion February 10, 2010 Buddhism A review and overview of some basic elements and development: Buddha - Dharma - Sangha Next assignment posted on web ct Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)- Lived in 5th century BCE, northern India/Nepel- Son of a King, at birth there was a proficy that Siddhartha would become a great king unless he saw suffering in which case he would become a great teacher.. the father was a great king and wanted his son to follow in his foot steps.. so he protects him from ever seeing suffering.. grew up inside the palace walls protected from the real world.. until he became a young adult and wondered outside of the palace and saw suffering (the four passing sights: an old man, a sick man, a corpse, and a holy man).. Saddhartha realized he had lived a fake life and had no meaningful experience.. so he got up and left everything he had and sought teachers who could teach him the nature of suffering..- Lived in context of Vedic Hinduism.. tried to find a way to purify himself.. lived as a wondering aesthetic.. refused water and food at which point he collapsed.. then he realized this was the wrong way- Sought spiritual salvation- Taught "middle path" (at the heart of the buddhist teachings).. a path between starving - Taught "middle path" (at the heart of the buddhist teachings)....
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