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Protestant vs Socially Engaged Buddhism Somewhere in the sixth century BCE Buddhism was born born from a single man Siddhartha Guatama the Buddha After gaining his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree the Buddha didnt think that the rest of the world could handle all that he had learned He did not want to teach others nor did he want to spread his wisdom Until at last his great compassion came over him and he started to gain the respect of few by going to his old peers first By starting with other intellectuals he secured that they at least had the capacity to learn what he had to teach From this point on he spread his philosophy on the middle path with everyone who would listen He preached pacifism and that it was wrong to take any life be it a mans or any lesser beings He taught that the noble eightfold path was the route to end all suffering and that the individual was the most important factor in achieving enlightenment The Buddha taught about the five aggregates the notion that the human being is made up of matter sensation consciousness perception and mental formations In all of his teachings however the Buddha did not do so much as a lay a groundwork for which his followers could build a society on The Buddha was acting out of compassion in that he had found the way to end his suffering and wanted to help others do the same He was not however trying to build himself up as a God and create a religion under which he was the focal point Since this was not his goal he did not get into politics social formations or anything else of the like However sooner or later with the rapid growth of Buddhism in India and the whole of Southeast Asia these were the things that would determine the survival of its followers
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