Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha)

Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha) was a prince born in Nepal in the 6th century B.C.. He had what in today’s times would be a good life, wealth, the best education, family, and anything else he wanted. However, he gave that up (including his son and wife) so he could find a way to help with the suffering of others. He spent 80 years after becoming enlightenment teaching the Dharma (Buddha teachings).
Anyone who knows me knows I do not like religion but Buddha’s teachings will put tears in your eyes. I am going to name the top reasons Buddha inspires me.

There is not wrong way to travel you path (for the most part). You could find enlightenment through meditation, art, helping others, whatever works for you.

It’s not about worldly belongings, we live in a materialistic world and it is nice to have someone who had it all say there is more to life.

Follow no leader, it was important to Buddha to find your own way of enlightenment. He did not even want people to follow him but his teachings.

I apply this to my everyday life, if it is not harming someone or yourself then it should not be stressed. I have even been told by many of my instructors that I am very open-minded and understanding. I really hope that I can instill these values in Noah. If I could be like any one person it would be him. I would like to live a life where helping others is enough to make me fulfilled as a person. I am not sure if I want to be enlighten or give up all my worldly things. However, I would like to be as close to the person he was. 

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.

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