was Buddhism founded
(where did buddhism start - Gautama Buddha)
Around 2600 years back came
Mahavira and 77 years
later followed Gautama Buddha. Mahavira and Gautama Buddha were in a manner both
a religion. And any religion is never founded. Whenever one gains
enlightenment and imparts it back to the community... because of
the faith in their leader a following develops. This following ultimately
culminates into a religion.
of Gautama Buddha are known as Buddhists and the religion Buddhism.
Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment at a very late stage of life.
He lived amongst the community to gain wisdom but did not succeed.
He went far into deep dense forests (jungles) but wisdom was not
to favor him.
when he was nearing 80 years of age... enlightenment finally swooped on him. Gautama
Buddha had become so much frustrated with life that the Buddhist teachings are
also called as the middle path. Neither remaining within the community not venturing
deep into deep dense forests can one gain enlightenment! Siddhartha Gautama finally
advised the community to take the middle path.
teachings of Gautama Buddha are endowed with compassion. During the times of Gautama
Buddha... killing animals and consuming them for food was a daily affair. Sacrificing
animals in the name of God was also a predominant practice. Gautama Buddha shunned
both. Gautama Buddha preached compassion with great fervor.
to Buddha... every living being had the right to live. Sacrificing the animals
in the name of God according to Gautama Buddha was not a good practice. He emphasized
on the community to show compassion towards those living beings which were not
as privileged as human beings.
the truth dawned upon the community... the masses and they abhorred killing of
the animals ruthlessly. Many became followers of the doctrine preached by Gautama
Buddha. Slowly the Buddhism religion spread world-wide.
Essay by: Vijay
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 on When was Buddhism founded. For more
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