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Andrew Moy Religion 355X Buddhism Reflection By far the most influential person for the development of Buddhism in general was the Buddha, aka Siddhartha Guatama (624-544 BCE). His name literally translates to “one who attains goal” or “enlightened one” and he is the founder of Buddhism. His life stated in India as a prince living a life of ultimate luxury. His father spoiled him, giving him everything he could ever desire, and had a wife at 16 and a child soon after. His father was told by a hermit that Siddhartha would either be a ‘great king or a great holy man’. Naturally wanting his son to follow in his footsteps he kept Siddhartha ignorant to the outside world until the age of 29. Siddhartha found the truths of the world (death, sickness, aging, and suffering) and left his life of luxury wanting to better understand why these things were existed. At 35 he was ‘awakened’ under a bodhi tree, and preached dharma/taught for 45 years. He also established the institution samgha, a monistic community. This man inspired millions during his time, and through his
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