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why did buddha leave home and travels

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Why did the Buddha leave home and travel through India? Answer:He is the favored child of his father, who doesn’t want him to be exposed to the cruel ways of this world. He goes back home, takes leave of his sleeping wife and child and heads off to the forest, to meditate and to end the cycle of suffering.

How did the Buddha end the cycle of suffering?

He goes back home, takes leave of his sleeping wife and child and heads off to the forest, to meditate and to end the cycle of suffering. Six hard years of practice and asceticism later, he strikes gold and is revealed as the Buddha, the Tathagatha, the Enlightened one.

Why did the Buddha live in the forest?

Furthermore, in the Buddha-to-be’s era, the forest was a hotbed of radical experimentation, the Parisian cafe of his time. The Buddha was no recluse, he studied with some of the best teachers of his era and then spent most of his post-Buddha decades living close to cities, where he could talk to other sophisticated thinkers.

Did the Buddha meditate in the wilderness?

So the idyllic myth of going away into the wilderness to meditate (The Buddha as Thoreau) does not make any sense either. I guess what I am trying to say here is that the original gesture (of leaving home) has profound existential import, which prefigures a great deal of the Buddha’s message.

Was the Buddha a recluse?

The Buddha was no recluse, he studied with some of the best teachers of his era and then spent most of his post-Buddha decades living close to cities, where he could talk to other sophisticated thinkers. So the idyllic myth of going away into the wilderness to meditate (The Buddha as Thoreau) does not make any sense either.