The Life Of Siddhartha Gautama

The Creator of Buddhism

Movie analysis

The movie we chose to watch was The Buddha: A PBS Documentary by David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere. As it was a documentary, there were no historical inaccuracies as far as we could tell. This documentary told the life of Buddha as well as his change of perspectives throughout it. It also explained the core of Buddhism itself.

Buddha's birthday

Saturday, May 25th 480 at 12am

Lumbini, Western Region, Nepal

Western Region

Traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism. In Nepal, the place of Buddha's birth, people celebrate by observing a Buddhist sutra and dressing in pure white. A sweet rice porridge called Kheer is served during the celebration to remember the story of Sujata, a young woman who offered the Buddha food as he was nearing death from starvation.

Important Figures in Buddha's Life

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The Buddha - PBS Documentary (Narrated by Richard Gere)

Fun fact!

Yoga is a spiritual practice that is used to transform the mind and body. It originates from pre-Vedic rituals and is practiced within many other religions besides Buddhism (i.e. Hinduism, Jainism, etc.). In modern day, it is a very popular method of exercise and relaxation. We're even going to show you a few yoga poses, so get ready!

phases of life

Fun fact!

Buddha is often depicted as a large, fat-bellied man. This may seem odd to Western people because our views on being overweight is very negative. But in Buddhist Asia, this is the exact opposite! A large tummy is a sign of a big, caring heart.

The Four Noble Truth

The truth of suffering (dukkha): This truth explains that everything in life is temporary and nothing is permanent, not even ourselves. There is no pleasure or pain that will last forever as that too will pass.
The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya): In this truth, Buddha describes specifically what causes the world's pain: craving, otherwise known as greed.
The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha): With the cause identified, Buddha explains in this truth how it can be stopped. Through great practice and focus, craving can be put to an end.
The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga): This truth is where Buddha provides a solution to all of his struggling followers: The Eightfold Path. This is the key to Nirvana, eternal peace.

How the Four Noble Truths Connect To Buddha's Life

The First Noble Truth, he teaches this because until he was 29 he had never seen suffering and afterward he faced suffering and truly knew what it meant to suffer. The second Noble Truth, Buddha taught this because until he put himself through suffering he had only seen what he believed to be suffering after he experienced suffering he truly found the cause of suffering. The third Noble Truth, Buddha realized that becoming content with life's suffering is the only way to end suffering as there is really no true end to suffering unless it is self inflicted suffering.The fourth Noble Truth, the truth of the path that frees us from suffering.

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