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Basic Knowledge About Buddhism. By Katherine Bowen 9I. Who Founded Buddhism? It was Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha Gautama –

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Basic Knowledge About

Buddhism

By Katherine Bowen 9I


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Who Founded Buddhism?

It was Siddhartha Gautama

Siddhartha Gautama –

Was brought up in luxury, living the life of a local prince, surrounded by everything he could want. A wise man called Asita saw Siddhartha as a child and predicted that he would grow up to be a great religious leader and he would give up his luxury life style. He married a woman called Yasodhara, a local princess he won her though winning lots of competitive games, they had a child called Rahula.


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Siddhartha father, Shuddhodana, hoped his son would one day take over as ruler, rather than become a religious leader, as had been predicted. He naturally tried to stop Siddhartha becoming a religious leader by not showing or telling him that suffering and death happens, in case it lead him to think more deeply about life.


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One day Siddhartha went on a chariot ride, Siddhartha discovered four things he never knew existed, these were:

An old man

A sick man

A corpse

A holy man


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Siddhartha was determined to find the truth about life and about how to over come suffering. He went and sat under a Bodhi tree and vowed that he would not get up until he found out the truth about life.


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Under the Bodhi tree he got enlightened, he resisted great temptations these were them :

Women

Jealousy

Greed


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There are different types of Buddhism otherwise known as different types of school.

Pure Land

Zen

Tibetan

Mahayana


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