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Creation in the midst of suffering strives for something greater than what this world has to offer In this endeavor Siddartha Gautama was enlightened with the truth of the human condition He saw the sufferings of this world realized that humanity is destined to have this anguish and was given the insight to overcome it It is not on earth where one should find his peace but in the knowing that there is an eternal existence outside of this creation Since Gautama became enlightened with the four noble truths to live is to suffer suffering is caused by desire the cessation of suffering can be achieved the solution is the Noble Eightfold Path he is known as the original Buddha or the enlightened one Buddhism the practice of pursuing a life of enlightenment much like that of Buddha is the outcome of Gautamas realization Often times praying to Buddha can be seen by non-Buddhists as praying to a god This is not the case Buddha was exclusively human He was neither creator nor destroyer of life He was a man who saw that there was more to life than life itself but was not sure what it was He dedicated his every thought to the truth beyond As a result of his commitment he acquired the ability to attain salvation As a follower of Buddha one is able to see what is right find his path or destiny and moreover also achieve salvation The teachings of Buddha or the Dharma are more or less internal Unlike most religions which require a divine source Buddhism is a faith born within This is a hard objective to arrive at Gautama himself questioned whether anyone would comprehend his teachings and all along he seems to advocate Buddhism only for the few who consider themselves fit for the task Brodd 69 Although it is mainly an internal quest Buddha did leave us with some practicalities in which we
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