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Buddhism is one of the major religions of the world and has been for almost 2500 years although it does not always appear to be a typical religion It differs from other religions in that Buddhism is not based on the belief in a divine power such as Christianity or Islam Buddhism is more a way of life and a learning process than a set of divine commands This essay will define describe and analyze the ethics of the Buddhist religion It will present the reader with the basic principles and truths of Buddhism It will begin with information on the origin of Buddhism and some details on the life of its founder Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha Also it will explain the beliefs and moral behaviors of Buddhists Siddhartha Gautama later known in his life as the Buddha meaning the Enlightened or Awakened One was born around 563 BCE He was born and raised in what is now known as Nepal near the Himalayan Mountains He belonged to Sakya tribe and his father ruled a small kingdom He married his cousin Yasodhara at nineteen and she later gave birth to a son whom they called Rahula Being raised in the palace Prince Siddhartha was sheltered from the cruelty of the outside world His father made sure that Siddhartha would grow up without ever seeing or experiencing suffering When Siddhartha Gautama finally was exposed to the world outside the palace in his twenties he saw for the first time the poverty sickness and misery that others had to face which he had been shielded from him for so long After seeing these sights he could not go back to his happy existence behind the palace while so many others suffered Prince Siddhartha left his home and family and became a wandering beggar in search of answers Mitchell 5 One night he sat down beneath a tree
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