Buddhism

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A Presentation by Dayna-gene Solterbeck Religion 100 Professor Shulman “Be a lamb unto your own feet” ~Buddha
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Buddhism Basics Buddhism is said to have given birth in northern India, what is now known as Nepal, in 535 B.C.E. This religion was founded by Siddhartha Gautama after he achieved “Enlightenment” while sitting under a large Bodhi Tree. Now there are two primary schools of Buddhism; the Theravadan form which is centered around the teaching of the elders and is practiced in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. The second is the Mahayana form, practiced in Nepal, china, Tibet, Korea, and Japan.
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Buddha’s Story He was born a prince in circa 563 B.C.E. in the foothills of the Himalayas. He was a member of the Sakyas clan where is father, Suddhodana, was king and mother, Maya, was Queen. When he was born, it is said that he left his mother giving her no pain from labor Astrologers Prophesized that he would become either a universal monarch or a monk who would be a great religious leader. When they heard this, his parents were concerned, so they raised him with many luxuries in the hope he would not want to leave them behind. He was also raised as a Hindu. When he was 16, he married Yasodhara. They conceived a son, Rahula, when he was 29. Shortly after his birth, Siddhartha left and took four journeys by chariot. **Some also say he had four visions.) In these four visions or journeys, he was deeply disturbed by sights of helplessness, sickness, death, and sorrow. With this, he left his wife, child, luxuries, and the heir to the throne of his clan. He first tried to meditate to seek truth, but he found that didn’t work because suffering continued when he regained consciousness. He then followed Brahmanism where he fasted severely for 6 years (almost dying). He left convinced that a better path to reach Nirvana, a state of liberation and freedom from suffering, was to follow the “Middle Path In 535 B.C.E. he was seated under a large Bodhi Tree and he began to see several visions of his previous reincarnations, how good/bad deeds performed in your current lifetimes effect events into their next life, and also learned he had overcome craving, desire, etc. HE HAD ACHIEVED ENLIGHTENMENT!!!
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*After Buddha’s Death in 483 B.C.E. in Kusinagara, followers, monks, and nuns (his wife was the first nun) began to teach others the Buddhist way. *Buddhism reached China during the Han dynast in 206 B.C.E. to 220 C.E. The Mahayana branch was more accepted here along with Japan, Korea, and Vietnam . *Buddhism then spread to Japan roughly around the year 1200 by two monks who had been tutored in China and were very influential. *Buddhism suffered in Tibet during the 800-900’s but in the 1000’s it
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