Evolution Of Buddhism In Korea

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Evolution of Buddhism in Korea Buddhism is a system of beliefs and practices, considered by many to be one of largest religions in the world. Since its foundation in India over 2,500 years ago, Buddhism has spread across the world, spawning a wide variety of forms (Buddhist Studies). The practices and traditions of these historical sects and schools may differ from one to another, but all share in common the fundamental character of Buddhism, a respect for and dedication to the Buddha and his teachings (Buddhist Studies). One particular historical form of Buddhism that has preserved the fundamental nature of Buddhism while developing its own unique characteristics is Buddhism in Korea. According to traditional accounts, Buddhism was founded in India in 623 BC by a Prince named Siddhartha Gautama. Having lived the sheltered life of a wealthy prince, Siddhartha became distressed upon venturing outside the palace and meeting suffering people. Giving up life in the palace, Siddhartha embarked on a spiritual quest to understand and become free from suffering. Through meditation, Siddhartha eventually achieved enlightenment, and from that point forward, he lived the rest of his life as the Buddha, the Enlightened One, teaching others about the Buddhist way of life (Buddhist Studies). Since its founding in India, Buddhism has spread widely in South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and even to the Western world. However, all sects and schools maintain a deep reverence for the Buddha and his teachings about suffering. At the core of his teachings were the Four Noble Truths. The First Noble Truth states that life is suffering. At some point in life, we all experience suffering of some kind; in order to end suffering, we must first accept that suffering is a fact of life. The Second Noble Truth teaches us that suffering is caused by craving and ignorance,

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