A Biography of Buddha

A Biography of Buddha

The Buddha or the enlightened one who has supreme knowledge has always been a symbolized person we have heard of but do not know much about. We must first start at the beginning, the early years of Siddhartha Gautama or the Buddha. According to the website Buddha net, 3,500 years ago Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini in sixth century B.C., or present day Nepal. Buddha’s father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Sakya people. Therefore, this meant Siddhartha was a prince, and an extravagant prince he was. Buddha lived a luxurious life full of wealth and even married a young woman by the name of Yasodhara at sixteen years old. Along with lifestyle came an uncanny secret. Buddha’s father, Suddhodana, made sure his son was raised in extreme seclusion. The suffering and desire of the outside world was not to be exposed. One day though, Siddhartha did venture out into reality, and his reaction was exasperating. The Buddha felt an urge to relieve all this suffering, but he had to figure out a way first. When he was twenty-nine years old, Siddhartha fled the palace, the kingdom, his wife and his newborn son to find that key component to relieving suffering (Buddha Dharma education). During his six year journey, Buddhism was founded and the relief to suffering was found.

The basis of Buddhism reflects on the four noble truths that all people practicing Buddhism are required to follow. According to the book Buddhism pg.48-49, the first noble truth is; all life is suffering, the second noble truth is; suffering is caused by want and/or desire, the third noble truth is; desire is a distraction from truth, and lastly the fourth noble truth is; Peace and enlightment will only come when one overcomes desire. As displayed, desire, want, and suffering are all major components in a Buddhist faith that must be overcome. According to the website Buddha net, Buddhists also have goals that directly relate to the fold path of Buddhism. The fold path consists of four sects, the first sect says right focus, the second states right contemplation, the third says right occupation, and the fourth states mindfulness.

The reason for all of these goals and noble truths to follow is they relate to everyone. Every single person has experienced desire as well as suffering in many different ways, but the way one handles these things is Buddhism (Chantachon Songkoon, Thidarat). Intelligently, Siddhartha Gautama based Buddhism on common aspects of everyday life, and the reason for that is Siddhartha did not want a religion only some could follow. The Buddha was definitely a people person who really wanted to make a difference and help others through their many problems, his solution for that was a religion anyone could follow and help them through those problems (Buddha Dharma education).

Siddhartha Gautama was a very intellectual being who was raised in royalty and pure isolation from reality. As he rose to the status of The Buddha, or the enlightened one, not only did he create a universal religion based on the common persons stress’, but he allowed a way for people to overcome them and focus on the true value of a peaceful, spiritual life without desire and/or suffering (Pant, Pushpesh. Buddhism pgs.8-9).

Works cited
Pant, Pushpesh. Buddhism. India: Roli Books, 1997. Print.
Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. BuddhaNet. 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2011
Chantachon Songkoon, Thidarat Duangsin, and Khosit Paengsoi. “Buddhist philosophy. A study of Buddha images for perpetuating Buddhism in Asian society.” Journal of Social Sciences (2011): 149. Gale ONEFILE. 1 Nov. 2011. Web