The Origin of Buddhism

Buddhism came from Hinduism. It started from a young man named Siddhartha Gautama. He was born in 560 B.C and his father owned a part of the Himalayas. His father always kept him away from the real world and for most of his childhood Siddhartha was surrounded by only the good things of life. But one day Siddhartha decided to explore the world outside and there were 4 things that made him realize how bad the world was: An old man, a sick man, a dead man and a beggar. This made him leave the palace walls for searching for the answer to the problem of pain and suffering. He then studied Hinduism under a Brahmin priest, but he became disillusioned from all of the scriptures of Hinduism. After this he resorted to asceticism, which is the practice of one depriving himself of worldly pleasures and that will allow him to reach a high state of intelligence and spirituality. At one point Siddhartha was said to be able to live on one grain of rice per day. However, Siddhartha eventually became disappointed with the results of asceticism too. He said that it does nothing but wear the body out and he knows as he was only bones by the time he gave up asceticism. Siddhartha then sat under a Bodhi tree (fig tree), which is known as the tree of wisdom and he started to meditate. During meditation he reached the highest level of God-consciousness, which is known as Nirvana. This made Gautama famous and from then on he was known as Buddha, “The Enlightened One”. In Nirvana, Buddha could find all the answers to the problems of pain and suffering. He set up a school to teach Buddhism and soon enough there were a large amount of followers in India. After Buddha died, Buddhism leaked into other parts of Asia, mostly China. Today, Buddhism is the dominating religion in the eastern parts of Asia, all thanks to Siddhartha and 4 men.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. charlesrugby95
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 09:41:10

    Thi skind of cool, Ash!We should have trip to any Buddhism country to learn more!


  2. mbfitzmahan
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 12:47:35

    Beautiful! I agree, Charles.


  3. Tsering Dorjay
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 10:26:07

    Most welcome …………..Charles .


  4. Peachy3
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 16:29:14

    I dont agree


  5. lol
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 10:38:33

    yes I don’t agree because yeah


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