Dharma Rain Zen Center - Buddhism - Practice
The religious tradition called “Buddhism” began in 588 B.C.E.
with a man named Siddhartha Gotama, heir to the throne of the Shakya clan.
born a prince, but came to feel that the power, riches, and duty of kingship
that were to be his inheritance were a great burden. So he renounced his
position, fled the palace, and took to the forest on a religious quest. His
was to find the cause of suffering, and a way to cure it.
After many years of ascetic practice, he realized he was no closer to answering
these basic questions about life, or satisfying his deep spiritual need
to understand suffering. Concluding that the truth was not to be found in
of self-indulgence or self-denial, he resolved to follow a middle path.
In time he experienced a great awakening, called enlightenment, and began
teach. Thereafter he was called Buddha (“awakened one”) Shakyamuni
of the Shakya clan”).
The experience of enlightenment, and the compassionate wisdom cultivated
during his years of training, formed the base of his philosophy. He taught
of wisdom, compassion and morality as the basis of an enlightened life,
and have supplied inspiration to Buddhists for more than 25 centuries.
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