To begin with, the common bond humans share with each other in Buddhist thought is Dukkha, or suffering. Buddha outlined that the problem of Dukkha is more complicated than originally thought. Siddhartha Guatama, the first Buddha, was born into a wealthy family that told him he would either save humanity or become great ruler. Growing up, his father shielded him from being exposed to human suffering, opting to indulge his son in opulence so he would choose to be a King later in life. One day, Siddhartha ventured out of the village and came across an old man, and the chariot driver explained that everyone experiences old age eventually. The next day, he stumbled upon a diseased man who was covered in sores, and the chariot driver explained that everyone can become sick at any time. Frightened by this realization he and the driver went back to the village saddened. On the third day, he came across a funeral procession, and the chariot driver told him that a person died, and that all living things eventually die. Siddhartha was shaken by these sights, and wonder...
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