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Thank you…

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of people who have viewed my blog in the past two months.  I began this blog to aid me in my journey to gain inner peace and happiness.  I was a Christian for all of my life.  And though I have Jesus in my life, I have not always been able to see happiness in myself.  With Buddha’s teachings, which so closely reflect the teachings of the Bible, I have been venturing toward a place of happiness.  Tomorrow marks the two month anniversary of the beginning of this journey as well as full moon celebration of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in several countries.  Thank you all for taking this journey with me.  Below, is a list from my stats page of all the countries and views I have received from March 6th – May 4th.  I hope to continue my journey with you all for many more months and years.  Thank you again…

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The Buddha, The Awakened One

As it is Vesak in several countries now, I figured I would reblog this great blog by Panacea today. Enjoy…


This article is dedicated to The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, whose Birth Anniversary is to be celebrated on the full moon of 6th May, 2012. This day commemorates three important events of Buddha’s life, his birth; his enlightenment, i.e., attainment of supreme wisdom and; his attainment of Nirvana, i.e., the complete extinction of his self.

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, a spiritual teacher from ancient India lived and died in about the fifth century before the Christian era. Buddha means “enlightened one”, someone who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions, the “Awakened One”, someone who has awakened and seen things as they really are. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously. Buddha has great compassion which is completely impartial and embracing all living beings without discrimination.

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Who was Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha?

Gautama Buddha (born Siddhārtha Gautama) was born around 566 B.C.E, in the small kingdom of Kapilavastu to his father, King Suddhodana and his mother, Queen Maya.  It was foretold by wise men that the young prince would one day become the next Buddha.  This troubled the King as he wished for the prince to be a great ruler.  In order to avoid the prophecy of the wise men, the King enticed Prince Siddhārtha Gautama to stay in the palace by making the palace so pleasant that the prince will never want to leave.  Prince Siddhārtha Gautama married Princess Yasodhara at age 16 and was given three palaces so he would never think about living outside of the palace.  As time passed, the prince decided to go out of the palace.  It was noted that he left the palace four times and saw four different things. On his first time outside of the palace, the prince noticed the sick.  On his second journey outside of the palace he noticed old age.  On his third time leaving the palace, he noticed death.  The fourth time leaving the palace, the prince met a wandering monk who had given up everything he owned to seek an end to suffering.  The prince decided to be like the monk and began pondering the end of suffering.

Siddhārtha Gautama decided to leave the palace and his wife to become a wandering monk.  He left all his worldly desires, cut his hair, put on ragged robes and began going by the name Gautama.  Over a six-year period, Siddhārtha Gautama spoke with wise men and studied their ways in order understand how to an end to suffering.  None of the wise men knew the answer.  Gautama decided to meditate to find the path to end suffering.  In meditation, he ate only roots, leaves and fruit and sometime nothing.  He became very thin and unhealthy.  He could endure more hardships than anyone else of his time yet he did not find happiness.  He thought, “Neither my life of luxury in the palace nor my life as an ascetic in the forest is the way to freedom. Overdoing things can not lead to happiness. ”  He began to eat nourishing food again and regained his strength.

At last on a full moon night in May, Gautama sat under a fig tree, now known as the Bodhi Tree, and decided not to move until he gained enlightenment.  During the night, he was visited by Mara, the demon, who tried to tempt him away from his path to enlightenment.  Mara sent his beautiful daughters to lure Gautama into visual and physical pleasures, but, Gautama resisted.  Next, Mara sent bolts of lightning, wind and heavy rain to distract Gautama, yet he resisted.  Last, Mara sent his demonic armies with weapons and flaming rocks, however, Gautama met the armies and defeated them one by one with his virtue.

In the end, Gautama realized the cause of suffering and how to remove it.  He had gained enlightenment, the most supreme wisdom and understood things as they truly are, and became the Buddha.,  ‘The Awakened One’.  For the next 45 years, Buddha traveled teaching others how to gain enlightenment for themselves.  He taught of such teachings as The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, and Nirvana. 

At the ripe old age of 80 years old, Buddha knew that it was close to his death.  He received his last meal from a blacksmith who offered him food.  The Buddha is noted to have told his disciples that he is dying of old age, not because of what he ate (food poison).  The Theravada tradition generally believes that the Buddha was offered some kind of pork, which is acceptable in Theravada Buddhism as the monks and Buddha would ask others for alms and eat whatever was given.  The Mahayana tradition, however, believes that the Buddha ate some sort of truffle or other mushroom, which is required as they are highly vegetarian.

The Buddha’s final words are reported to have been: “All composite things pass away. Strive for your own liberation with diligence.”  At last, Buddha passed on and his body was cremated.  The time of Buddha’s passing is either around 486 B.C.E. according to Theravada tradition or around 383 B.C.E. according to Mahayana traditions.


Jesus & Buddha

I find it very interesting how alike Jesus’ teachings and Buddha’s teachings are so similar. I do not believe that Jesus was a Buddha or Buddhist, but they have similarities in their teachings…

I did not have time to finish my other posting. So, I offer this video for your consideration. Next Monday, I will post my beliefs…

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