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BUDDHISM Buddhism is probably the most tolerant religion in the world as its teachings can coexist with any other religions However this is not a characteristic of other religions The Buddhist teaching of God is neither agnostic nor vague but clear and logical Buddhism was created by Siddhartha Gautama who was born in the sixth century BC in what is now modern Nepal Siddhartha grew up living the extravagant life of a young prince His father was Suddhodana and was the ruler of the Sakya people According to custom he married a young girl named Yasodhara at the age of sixteen His father had ordered that he live a life of total seclusion but one day Siddhartha ventured out into the world and was confronted with the harsh reality of life and universal suffering At age twenty-nine he left his kingdom and new-born son to lead a plain reclusive life and determine a way to relieve this universal suffering Siddhartha meditated under a bodhi tree for six years but he was never fully satisfied One day however he was offered a bowl of rice from a young girl and he accepted it At that moment he realized that physical harshness was not a means of achieving liberation From then on he encouraged people to follow a path of balance rather than extremism He called this path the Middle Way Devotion to the pleasures of sense a low practice of villagers a practice unworthy unprofitable the way of the world on one hand and on the other devotion to self- mortification which is painful unworthy and
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