Siddhartha Gautam The Buddha 's Impact Of Asian Culture
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Siddhartha Gautama: The Buddha’s Impact of Asian Culture
Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Gautama Buddha, or just simply the Buddha was born in what is now known as Nepal sometime between c. 563 BCE and c. 480 BCE into the caste system with his caste being the Kshatriya, the caste of royalty or the military elite. He was born to Śuddhodana, a head chief of the Shakya tribe, and Maya, a princess. Siddhartha’s father held a naming ceremony for a five day old Siddhartha where eight Brahmin priests predicted that Siddhartha would either be a great holy man or a great king. The prophecy was correct as Siddhartha Gautama has one of the largest impacts on Asian culture by creating the fourth most popular religion in the world that is still active 2,500 years later.
Siddhartha was raised in a lap of luxury being raised as a prince since birth. Being a prince, he was one of the few people of his time who were able to receive an education consisting of the sciences, mathematics, art, and eventually at the behest of his father sports and archery. It has been written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in Introduction to Buddhism that “He mastered all the traditional arts and sciences without needing any instruction. He knew sixty-four different languages, each with their own alphabet…” (Gyatso 4) he was seen as a genius and wise beyond his years once telling his father that he could “…count all the atoms in the world in the time it takes to draw a single breath.” (Gyatso 5) Siddhartha’s father, Śuddhodana, took great effort in blocking religion from Siddhartha and from seeing human suffering specifically those of the people Siddhartha was bound to rule over.
Siddhartha was 16 years-old when his father arranged a marriage to a cousin named Yaśodharā ...
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...icting his intake of worldly goods to dangerous levels, but understanding their importance and also their lack thereof. This path of living is known as the Middle way and it teaches that neither extreme restriction nor extreme extravagance are the ways that one should live, but that one should practice moderation in their life to achieve enlightenment. After his near death experience and beginning to understand the Middle way he decided to sit under a Bodhi tree and not move until he achieved enlightenment. He was abandoned by his extreme ascetic group with them believing Siddhartha had completely renounced his search for enlightenment, but this did not stop Siddhartha and he did not move from under the Bodhi tree for 49 days. On the 49th day Siddhartha Gautama emerged from his meditation under the Bodhi tree fully enlightened and from then on known as the Buddha.