Under this tree also known as the bodhi tree he had

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under this tree, also known as the Bodhi tree, he had finally achieved Enlightenment, and from then on was finally released from the cycle of suffering. Although Gotama was able to reach this stage of Enlightenment, it can be argued whether the state of Enlightenment can actually be achieved by modern Buddhists who are just average people. Ancient Indian Buddhists follow what Gotama had left behind after his enlightenment. This would be his teaching of The Four Noble Truths and The Noble Eightfold Path. In this particular teaching, he emphasizes what those truths of Buddhism contain. They are the following, life is suffering, suffering is due to attachment, attachment can be overcome, and that there is a path for accomplishing this (“Buddhism”). The Eightfold Path also offers guidelines for Mo 2
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development with goal of freeing Buddhists from attachment. After following this path that Buddha left behind, they can ultimately reach enlightenment from this and can attain Nirvana. Although Gotama leaves all these teachings for Buddhists to follow, it is difficult to understand whether it can actually be attained and whether it is essential in deepening ones spiritual and awareness of the state of one’s own mind and body. In modern society, there have not been any recent Buddhists, particularly in India that have achieved the same state of Enlightenment, but many still do believe that they can attain this level of Enlightenment. Those who practice Buddhism argue that it does clear their mind and body when they practice rituals such as meditation to get closer to the ideal state. Although there may not have been a specific person who has reached Enlightenment, Alan Peto, a Buddhist in today’s modern world who writes about Buddhism in his blog and website, says that “After attaining enlightenment in this human world, they are liberated in the present moment of their lives. They find peace and freedom in body and mind, understand the mind, and see their nature” (Peto). This shows how Enlightenment may not be a simple process in achieving that state, but it can deepen ones spiritual and awareness of their mind. Not only that, but others who practice the religion and the rituals also demonstrate a sense of understanding of how to get to the state of Enlightenment, which may not have necessarily been achieved by themselves yet, but understands and writes that it does exist with the guide of Buddha. In another modern Buddhist’s opinion, Jonathan Harrison, who was guided by Buddhist Pioneer Dr. Peter Fenner, led him to the study of mental awareness as expressed within Buddhist wisdom traditions and was in search of deeper understanding. In his article from his own website Simple Meditate, he says that there are signs of whether one has reached the state of Enlightenment. He writes that “If you think you are enlightened, you are not. If you think you are Mo 3
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not enlightened, you are also not. If you believe that enlightenment exists or does not exist, then you are not enlightened. If you are enlightened, then the whole issue has long ceased to occupy you” (Harrison). In his opinion, when one is reaching for Enlightenment in hopes of also
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