The Buddha spent a moment (years in fact) searching for the end of suffering as he saw it in his time. He did achieve such and education and felt it important enough to share with anyone interested.

Buddha spent his remaining years spreading his word. He explained the core values of his teachings: The Three Universal Truths, The Four Noble Truths, and The Eightfold Path. The goal of his teachings was to reach Nirvana, a term meaning “end to suffering.”

He gained many disciples during his time. He created a Sangha, a travelling community of monks, nuns, and followers who listened to his teachings as he wandered the lands. This Sangha served as a refuge for people aspiring to reach Nirvana.

They accepted anyone, regardless of that person’s past, gender, class, or race. They named the Buddha’s teachings as the Dharma. The Buddha used the rest of his time to teach the Sangha. When he died, he told his disciples that they shouldn’t blindly follow any leader.

The Sangha continued to practice the Dharma even after the Buddha’s death. They frequently recited his teachings to reaffirm their sense of purpose. This eventually gave rise to Buddhism, a religion with ancient teachings and beliefs that are still alive today.

The Buddha has left an astounding mark in history. His faith and philosophies have spread all over the world and are part of many cultures.

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha

Peace and Love, Jim

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