The Buddha heads out into the community and sees different sights The four

The buddha heads out into the community and sees

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The Buddha heads out into the community and sees different sights The “four sights” - Think they see the sights because gods want him to be the Buddha - First he sees and old man and turns to charioteer and askes what’s wrong with the man and he explains the mans body is old and dying and this is the nature of human existence- the prince is shocked because he didn’t know this would happen to everyone- he is horrified and goes home to the place - Second time he goes out he sees a sick man and has the same dialogue with charioteer and discovers sickness inflicts all humans and cannot be avoided - Third time sees a funeral procession and a body ready for cremation- the charioteer explains he is dead and the buddha realizes death is coming for everyone and all humans experience it - Fourth time he sees a renunciante and realizes this person unlike me was not mislead and understands the world and knows all the terrible things of human life but is calm and unworried about unpleasant aspects of human existence Dissatisfaction with palace life, culminating in the great departure - Does not want a life of ease and has a child with his wife - He decides to leave in a moment called the great departure - Gods hold up horses hooves as he leaves the palace so his family cannot hear and stop him Practice in local renunciant communities He leaves and takes his hair away and learns - He dedicates himself to denying his body (fasting) – the common image of the buddha (who is not buddha yet) is emaciated - He began to realize he was constantly confused because of the discomfort he felt in his body and so this led the buddha (not buddha yet) to come up with the middle way - The “middle way” - Household life is too full of pleasure so you cant seek religious truth - Extreme asceticism is too much because it clouds the mind so you cannot meditate properly - One day he collapses and is saved by lay women who gives him rice and he remembers being under a tree as a child and feeling nothing- makes him want to get back to that feeling *Enlightenment under bodhi tree - After practicing middle way buddha achieves nirvana - - Liberation is called nirvana which translate to extinguishing or being blown out
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- You do specific mediation practices that let you realize certain things about the world and that brings liberation - When buddha reaches down and touches the earth he becomes enlightened Preaching the first sermon - Followed be decades of peripatetic instruction - Upon achieving enlightenment he didn’t know what to do with the info so he sat in meditation and then a god appears and pleas with the buddha to teach the world and become a religious preachers (creates ghandara practices) - Spent decades teaching until he eats spoiled meat and dies – thought he realized food was spoiled because he had vision he ate in anyways because he could not reject it and didn’t want disciples to eat it *Death and parinivana (final or ultimate nirvana) -
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
  • Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Karma

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