robplum: Buddhism is a philosophy not a faith based religion, a philosophy founded on debate, not faith. To understand the philosophy and thus follow the path we need to learn about it. That is such easy reading. I wonder what it would be like to spend time with a qualified teacher.
In the Tibetan tradition the teachings of Gautama Buddha are transmitted by qualified teachers as the Buddha taught antidotes for our ills....
Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment (bodhi) while meditating underneath a Ficus religiosa.
Shakyamuni Buddha (563-483 BC), the historical founder of Buddhism, was born a prince of the Shakya clan in Lumbini, North India. The young prince was shielded from human suffering as a child, but he later ventured out of the palace and saw an old man, a sick person and a corpse for the first time. When he saw a holy man, Siddhartha felt a desire to renounce the worldly life and follow a spiritual path.
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