Bradley Johnson, Contributor

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Throughout life we are exposed to numerous events, emotions, situations, and many more. Life is full of questions and sometimes it seems as if nobody has an answer. Buddhism, is a path, a practice. Buddhism teaches those willing to learn and provides answers. Through this practice, it leads to the spiritual development and the understanding of nature in the fullest. Through Meditation, we begin to comprehend how this life works. 

Buddhism is not viewed entirely as a religion, there is no “God” or creator which is worshiped in Buddhism. A Buddhist wishes to become fully aware. Acknowledging that every action has a reaction and Karma is very real and existent. The idea of Buddhism was brought to us by Siddhartha Gautama, also known as “the Buddha.”  

The Buddha was born in present day Nepal almost 2,500 years ago to a royal family in which he did not have to deal with the harsh poverty. Once the Buddha became older, he realized that money wasn’t the key to happiness. Curiously, the Buddha went on a mission to find true happiness. Siddhartha decided to live a portion of his life in poverty and soon found out that happiness didn’t lie within poverty either. Desperate to find happiness, the Buddha decided to follow the ‘Middle path:’ a life without luxury or poverty. 

Buddhism explains the purpose of life, injustices and inequalities all around the world. It also provides a way of life that will lead to pure happiness to those willing to learn. In conclusion, Buddhism is a way of finding peace and satisfaction within yourself. The Buddhist develops wisdom, kindness, and a state of peace through meditation. Buddhist intend to live in peace and share their experiences in hopes to benefit other beings. Ultimately the Buddhist wishes to achieve pure long-lasting happiness for all conscious beings.