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Jacob de Rothschild

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Transcript of Buddhism

Buddhism: A Religion of Peace and Prosperity
Buddhism: An Overview
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy dedicated to the study of Buddha's teachings.

Between 200 and 500 million people are Buddhists in the world
Represented all around the world
A Brief History
Siddhartha Gotama, aka the Buddha, was born in 563 BCE, in Lumbina, Nepal.

He was the son of a wealthy king, who shielded him from the horrors of the world.

At age 23 he left his palace in search of Enlightenment.
A Brief History
He reached Enlightenment later in life when he renounced Mara, the god of Desire.

After this, he traveled the lands teaching the Four Noble Truths and all the Wisdom he had learned.

He had many disciples.

A Brief History
He decided that his time on Earth finished, and he chose to die in 483 BCE, surrounded by his disciples. They then left from his funeral to spread the Wisdom he had taught.
Buddhist Teachings
Four Noble Truths
In addition to that, Buddha taught the 4 Noble Truths: -That suffering exists, that suffering is caused by material and psychological desires, that suffering ends when we cease to desire, and that suffering will end when we follow the Eightfold Path.

- Nirvana is the Afterlife, to achieve Nirvana on must follow the Eightfold Path and accept the Four Noble Truths.

-Eightfold Path: Set of guidelines too have good morals in accordance with Buddha.

Buddhists believe in leading a moral life, in being mindful of our actions and thoughts, and to learn as much as we can.

Buddhist Monks
- The Buddhist Monastic Order were founded by Buddha himself over 2500 years ago.

- Monks spend their entire lives trying to achieve Nirvana through meditation and good deeds.

Places of Pilgrimage
-Lumbini: Birthplace of Buddha.

-Bodhgaya: Place of Buddha’s Enlightenment.

-Nalanda: Site of the great monastic university.

-Kushinagar: Site where Buddha reached Nirvana.

Buddhism is a peaceful way of life, whose main goal is to live a

life of servitude to all values instilled by Buddha. Many people

have converted to Buddhism in search of inner peace and the

explanation to many of the worlds misfortunes.

Thanks A lot!
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, Gale Virtual Library
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