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Unformatted text preview: The Buddha, pt. 2 03/03/2008 10:08:00 ← Chariot rides • Old man • Sick man • Corpse ← Ashvaghosa – Buddhacarita – Deeds of the Buddha ← A biography of the Buddha, 1 st century CE ← To enjoy pleasure knowing that we are going to die is animalistic • Buddha can no longer enjoy his life as a prince ← Leaves palace – sees a mendicant (a wandering beggar ie an ascetic, a shramana) • Sees as a way out of problems 1-3 sickness, old age, and death ← Gives away riches, Buddha does ascetic practice as a shramana • First alara (also called Arada) teaches his Samadhi – meditative concentration (trance) • Nothingness/pointedness – just mind, no distracting objects in mind • Than to Uddaka/Udraka – more mental techniques “neither perception nor non-perception” ← Then incredible asceticism – for 6 years with 5 friends, fasted the whole time...
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- Spring '07