BUDDHISM

 

INTRODUCTION to BUDDHISM

                                                                   To do no evil;

                                                                To cultivate good;

                                                              To purify one's mind:

                                                        This is the teaching of the Buddhas.


The Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama.  He was a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal around 566 BC. As Siddhartha reached the age of twenty-nine he noticed the suffering around him and, decided to leave the comforts of his home to fine the true meaning of this suffering. 

After doing arduous yogic training for six years, he abondoned the way of self-indignity and sat under a bodhi tree inorder to do a mindful meditation.


Siddhartha Gautama became Buddha "the enlightened one", on the full moon of May, with the rising star.
The Buddha traveled parts of northeastern India for 45 years, teaching the way of Dharma that he had just learned himself. The outcome of his teachings developed a community of monks and later on, nuns, that were found from every tribe and caste, that were devoted in practicing his way of life.  Around 486 BC, Buddha died at the age of 80.  His last words were..... "Impermanent are all created things; Strive on with awareness."