How did Buddhism begin?
I have to do a presentation on Buddhism but all of the websites I find have different answers.
Can you explain to me, in a shorter response, that explains how the religion began? It is only one slide of my presentation.
- WayfLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
Siddhartha Gautama was a prince. He lived his life sequestered from the everyday lives of the poverty-stricken, but one day he decided to go out from the gates of his palace and see for himself what was out there. What he found astonished him. Eventually, he found a nice spot under the Bodhi tree and meditated until enlightment showed him the way. He understood at once that life is suffering and that there were paths to help avoid suffering. This was in about 500 BCE in present day Nepal.
That's about all I can tell you from memory. It's been about 13 years since I had a really serious interest in Buddhism and read a lot about it, but I'm pretty sure what I've written is fairly accurate. I imagine someone who is actually a practicing Buddhist could give you a better explantion, but I don't see any around at the moment -- just a hypocritical Christian fundamentalist who knows absolutely nothing about anything other than her own religion.
- Dennis SagtLv 74 years ago
Buddhism was, in part, a reaction against Hinduism.
- Anonymous4 years ago
Once upon a time, a sheltered song of a King left the palace and discovered that suffering happens in life.
This was such a shock to him, he left the palace to seek a solution to suffering.
He found it.
And taught the techniques.
- Ok!Lv 64 years ago
There was a prince, he saw suffering in life, he wanted to understand why we suffer and can we stop it, he went on a journey, got enlightened, started to teach, died and then his students kept teaching going.
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- HaroldLv 54 years ago
Maybe you should go old school. Go to a library and do research.