CrashCourse: The Founding of Buddhism
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John Green explains the history of Buddhism and how Siddhartha Guatama, or Buddha, set the foundation for the religion. He briefly discusses Siddhartha's life as a prince and how he became Buddha. John then describes the Four Noble Truths, the essence of Buddha's teachings, and gives a glimpse into the life of monks following the religion. He touches upon how the religion spread and was particularly attractive to low-caste Hindus.

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  1. Why was Siddartha locked away in a palace at a young age?
  2. Why did Siddartha sneak out of the palace? What did he find?
  3. What conclusions did the Buddha reach?
  4. What was the goal of the Eightfold Path?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    describe the historical origins, central ideas, and spread of major religious and philosophical trad...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    describe major world religions, including animism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism,...

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