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Buddhism Buddhism is probably the most tolerant religion in the world as its teachings can coexist with any other religions Buddhism has a very long existence and history starting in about 565 BC with the birth of Siddhartha Gautama The religion has guidelines in two forms in which Buddhist followers must follow These are the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path It all started in about 565 BC when Siddhartha Gautama was born He was a young Indian prince born to the ruler of a small kingdom that is now known as Nepal Gautamas father was said to have been told by a prophet that if Gautama saw the sick aged dead or poor he would become a religious leader If he didnt see these four things he would become an emperor Because of this prophecy Gautamas father decided to isolate his son from the outside world where he might see how the other half lived for the good of his empire and his citizens Trying to shelter Gautama from all the four sights was impossible and Gautama ventured out and that is when he eventually saw the four sights which would if experienced as it had been told to Gautamas father lead the young prince to a religious leader These sights or as how Buddhists refer to them The Four Signs were in turn a sick man covered with terrible sores an old man a corpse and a wandering monk The sightings of these men made Gautama think of the suffering and inevitable death which comes to all people great and small This brought further questioning such as the meaning of life and the ultimate fate of man As time passed these thoughts became great burdens to Gautama and he increasingly became dissatisfied with the shallow dissolute life of the royal court in which he lived Therefore at the age of 21 although married with a beautiful young son and
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