The first lecture of our Buddhism unit begins by discussing a little about why and how Buddhism can often be challenging for modern peoples raised in Western society. We then move on to discussing the Buddha’s life, beginning with his birth and issues concerning his birth narrative. From there we trace the Buddha’s life, focusing on the episode known as the Four Sights, the trouble it caused him, then his eventual decision to leave his palace home in his search for a way to overcome suffering. Our discussion concludes by looking at the various periods of his meditation while sitting under the bo tree, culminating with his Enlightenment.
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