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Siddhartha spent his boyhood at Kapilavastu and its vicinity. He was married at the age of sixteen. His wife's name was Yasodhara. Siddhartha had a son named Rahula. At the age of twenty-nine, Siddhartha Gautama suddenly abandoned his home to devote himself entirely to spiritual pursuits and Yogic practices.
' .... I believe that Buddha gave a child life ... '
'Most people have heads full of concrete-hardheaded and are not sophisticated enough to learn what Buddha is teaching.'
There are many in this forum (you know who you are!) who would be quick to say something along the lines of "That's what you get for worshiping a man!"
The Chinese depict Buddha as fat, bald and happy.
Originally posted by L.I.B.
Does Buddhism teach that karmic actions done prior to enlightenment are wiped clean? Or in other words, after that achievement that reincarnating is not necessary?
Which leads me to ask: If a karmic producing action is done after enlightenment, wouldn't an individual still need to reincarnate?
As for me, personally, I find the idea of monasticism or 'hermetism' to not be conducive to society, as well as believing that your family has a right over you that you should not attempt to escape.
Originally posted by Electricneo
My point is...
Those who are openminded will explore the life of Buddha and what enlightenment really is-to me the most important question that answers
the meaning of life.