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Expound the Contents of the Buddhas First Sermon Buddhism is a large and complex subject and we should be wary of generalizations made on the basis of familiarity with any single part In particular statements which begin Buddhists believe or Buddhism teaches must be treated with circumspection quote from Keown 1996 2 Few sentences here referring to what generally buddhism is Need a reference for it Use quote that 28 of British believe in reincarnation to emphasise the spread of the teaching of Buddhism Siddharta Gautama 563-483 BCE was born into a wealthy family His father Suddhodana owned many palaces His birth was surrounded by mysterious events records state that he was conceived when his mother Maya dreamed that a white elephant had entered her side From The Nidanakatha a biography of The Buddha This was later translated to mean that the child would become either a great emperor or religious leader In the Buddhas early life his father was so afraid that his son would leave him to pursue his destiny made him try to protect him from unpleasantness He used to make sure the streets by the palace were filled with happy people and free from illness disease and old age when the Buddha would roam the area However many believe that due to divine intervention on four separate outings from the palace the Buddha encountered an old man a sick man a corpse being taken to the cremation ground and finally a religious mendicant These events shocked the Buddha he thought how not even the palace walls could protect him from suffering Buddha was to recognise the basis of change and becoming Through meditation he came to the great realisation All is passing all is sorrow all is unreal Everything is impermanent subject to change decay and ultimate annihilation His belief was that there is no lasting satisfaction to be found in clinging to sensory pleasures
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