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Overview The religion of Buddhism was created by a man by the name of Siddhartha Gautama who is said to have been conceived by a miraculous conception in which the future Buddha came to his mother in the form of a white elephant and entered her right side Siddhartha was born into an affluent family his father was a king in what is now Nepal He was raised in a life of luxury and shielded from the poverty and suffering of the world However he experienced visions showing him the stark realness of the world around him and later in life he renounced his wealth and family and become an ascetic seeking for answers to the mysteries of life Siddhartha tried many ways to achieve Supreme Enlightenment but was unable to achieve this state Finally Siddhartha tired a middle path - one of neither self-indulgence nor self-denial and using this method finally learned of the truths of reality and attained Supreme Enlightenment becoming Buddha and founding Buddhism Buddhism is the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire that suffering ceases when desire ceases and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct wisdom and meditation releases one from desire suffering and rebirth dictionarycom 2004 Buddhism teaches one to be a realist to understand that the world contains much suffering It continues to teach ways to escape the cycle of suffering caused by karma and teaches dharma and the four basic facts of existence Buddhism differs from most other religions in that in most cases Buddhists do not believe in or worship a God although Buddha himself has now become a God-like figure to many disciples The main goal of Buddhists is to reach nirvana which will be discussed later in this paper The Four Noble Truths Dharma is the truths of reality and Buddhas teachings of dharma included the four basic facts of existence Life inevitably involves suffering
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