There are multiple texts’ that account for Buddha’s dharma and document his final life, and his previous lives. These texts have been categorized into five different time periods of Buddha’s journey to enlightenment. The first period represents 125,000 rebirths that happened anytime between 13 to 20 incalculable ages ago, it is called the period of “great cause.” The period of “very distant cause,” of Buddhahood contained 387,000 rebirths and occurred between 13 to 4 incalculable ages ago. The period that consist of 24 rebirths and marks some important progress in Buddhahood occurred between 4 incalculable ages ago and his final rebirth. The final rebirth Buddha would experience would be as Gautama, this time is referred to as the period of “near cause.” The final time period “proximate cause” illustrates the time after his enlightenment. The eastern world view on time is very different from western view, do you believe ...
... middle of paper ...
...t once, who would hear his teaching and decided to pursue enlightenment. The text “Discourse on the Fourfold Assembly” and “Book of the Discipline,” describe this time of expansion of Buddhism. The texts that describe the expansion of Buddhism, which include the “Great Story,” vary in some specific details, but their outlines are very similar. They portray Buddha’s journey after enlightenment through India spreading the Dharma to new places as well as back at his home where he had left his family years before. As more sermons where given more art and texts depicting Buddha’s journey would be established.
In conclusion, Buddha’s biography is a creation of many perspectives and events that would be documented in numerous forms after the death of Buddha. This creation would help establish Buddhism as a world religion and provide a path for many towards enlightenment.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Siddhārtha Gautama, most commonly known as Buddha, was born around 563 BC. (Chopra 3) He was born to a wealthy family and was never in need of anything. However, Buddha felt his life was incomplete and lacked happiness despite having a wife and son. I am going to report on Buddha’s life and his journey to enlightenment. I chose to report on this subject because I find the life and teachings of Buddha to be very interesting. Although he was much older before receiving the title, Buddha, I will refer to him as such throughout my report.... [tags: Buddhism, Biography, Religion]
951 words (2.7 pages)
- Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini, Nepal during the 4th to 6th century B.C. He was born to the King Sakya Sudhodana, who ruled at Kapilavastu in Ancient India, and Queen Maya. After seven days of giving birth to Siddhartha his mother died however, a holy man was to have said that one of two great things would come of the newborn; he would grow up to become a great king or military leader or he would be a great spiritual leader. After the passing of his mother, Buddha grew up in a rich household and lived an extravagant life.... [tags: biography, nepal, ancient india, buddhist]
984 words (2.8 pages)
- Socrates and Siddhartha Guatama Buddha have many similarities; they both believe in the importance of justice and good, and a simpler way of life. However, they have different goals: Socrates concerns with worldly meanings and codes, he deals with truth and morals. Buddha concerns with attaining the outer-worldly through mastering the worldly. Socrates relinquishes sensual desires in hopes of spiritual rebirth after death and achieving enlightenment in life. Buddha relinquishes the same ideas, but in hopes of living an enlightened life on earth.... [tags: Philosophy ]
888 words (2.5 pages)
- ... After he completed his intense meditation, Buddha was overcome with with a sense of unconditional knowledge. Much like the arrival of spring time just after winter is over, he bursted with life and energy and gave off positive vibes. Gautama followed the Law of Karma, which essentially states that what goes around comes back around. If you commit a heinous act towards somebody, then, in return, something odious will happen to you. Spring portrays similarities to this law. Every year, we experience four seasons.... [tags: life, energy, springtime, enlightment]
562 words (1.6 pages)
- From the thirty scenes with stūpas in them, three thematic categories have emerged from their content. The first category is clearly distinguishable based on the number of scenes and repetition. Table 2.5 from the second chapter outlines where and how many times the Mānushi Buddha scenes occur. However, to reiterate, a proper Mānushi Buddha (Image 4.3) scene must contain seven elements, a combination of trees and stūpas. The Mānushi Buddhas are the earthly Buddhas, six of which are the immediate predecessors to Gautama.... [tags: Literary Research]
2163 words (6.2 pages)
- Siddhartha Gautama the great Buddha was born in Nepal 583 BCE. His father Suddhodana, was king of a large tribe called the Shakya. His mother was Queen Maya; she passed after Siddhartha’s birth. When Siddhartha just was a few days old, a prophet prophesied he would be either a great conqueror or a great spiritual teacher. The King Suddhodana wanted the first outcome of his son as a conqueror and prepared him to be a conqueror. King Suddhodana raised Siddartha in luxury and isolated him from the knowledge of religion and human suffering.... [tags: biography, contributions, discoveries]
919 words (2.6 pages)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable… We may ignore him at our own risk.” King cited Gandhi as one of his biggest inspirations, which should come as no surprise, as Gandhi helped end racism towards as many if not more people than King himself. Gandhi pioneered the use of what he called satyagraha, or political change through nonviolence, and helped bring millions of India’s oppressed to equality. Lord Mountbatten, the last British ruler of India, is quoted as saying, “Mahatma Gandhi will go down in history on a par with Buddha and Jesus Christ.” There is no denying the truth in this statement because of the way he had a profound impact on the... [tags: india, medicine, spiritual beliefs]
983 words (2.8 pages)
- Tibetan Buddhism contains many forms of theology and teachings on the ideas of life and its cylinder-like motions. Each form developed from the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in the fifth century (Powers, 18). Known as the Buddha, the former prince created a religious movement that has swept across the world and stands as a major religion of the world today. Buddhist’s views of humanity, true reality, and the methods of reaching the end of their concept of ‘samsara’ range, yet are linked by the fundamental teachings of a man who wished to enlighten the world.... [tags: Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Mahayana]
1324 words (3.8 pages)
- Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, saw the question of origin as unimportant and remained silent in addressing it. Instead, the Buddha sought to describe the world as a cycle, with the repetition between births and deaths called Samsara. “Because this concept is past, present and future, everything in the universe is only transient and has no real individual existence” (Hunter, 2012). Therefore, Samsara is simply a state of being without a supreme god or creator as the catalyst. The cycle of Samsara will continue until Nirvana is attained.... [tags: Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Dukkha]
1034 words (3 pages)
- Buddha whose original name was Siddhartha Gautama, was born in India in the 4th century BC. Gautama was the founder of Buddhism, the religion and philosophical system that produced a great culture throughout much of southern and eastern Asia. Buddha, meaning "Awakened One," or "Enlightened One," is a title, not a proper name. There are various legends about his birth and upbringing (Jacobus 569-71). He married at the age of 16 and lived in luxury and comfort. The turning point in his life came when he was 29, when he realized the inevitability of old age, sickness, and death.... [tags: Buddhism Buddha Enlightenment]
1048 words (3 pages)