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Buddhism is probably the most accepting religion in the world as its teachings can exist with any other religions Its followers view their life pessimistically The emphasis of the religion is on compassion love and the hope that if they behaved in the world now that the next world will be even better Buddhism has a very long existence and history starting around the 6th and 5th century BC with the birth of Siddhartha Gautama In about 565 BC Siddhartha Gautama was born heir to King Suddhodana of the Sakya tribe of Kapilavatthu Encyclopedia Britannica 273 This was a country at the foot of the Himalayas near the present Indian-Nepal border Hopfe 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 Snelling J 47 If he didnt see these four things he would become an emperor leader Snelling J 47 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 Snelling J 48 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 a sick man covered with terrible sores an old man a corpse and a wandering monk leader Snelling J 48 The sightings of these men made Gautama think of the suffering and inevitable death 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 became increasingly dissatisfied with the shallow evil life of the
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