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TheBuddha Siddattha Gotama was probably born in 563 BCE, in Kapilavastu near the India/Nepal border.He was the prince of a small kingdom but at 29 he left his home and family to seek a better way of life. He was looking for peace and spiritual truth which would release him from the cycle of rebirths. After six years he discovered this enlightenment while sitting and meditating under a bodhi tree. After this he spent the rest of his life travelling and preaching his message. He gathered together a group of followers who formed a monastic community known as a sangha. ...read more.

Middle

Existence is impermanent - everything is subject to change (anicca or anitya) * Dukkha - suffering * Samsara - Buddhism reinterprets the Hindu idea of a continuing cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Ignorance in one life means that a person clings to life and this causes another cycle of rebirth. * Kamma (karma) - for every action there is a consequence. Kamma can lead to rebirth as a human, an animal, or even as a type of god. Buddhism accepts that there may be gods but they have no special status and they can be reborn into lower levels of existence. ...read more.

Conclusion

* You cannot think of anything greater or more important than the idea of God so therefore there must be a God. Cosmological Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) * The cosmological argument states that everything has to come from something. You cannot make something out of nothing. * Therefore the universe has to have been created by something and that something (or 'first cause') is God. Teleological William Paley (1734-1805) * The teleological argument goes something like this. If you were walking along and saw a watch you would assume that its parts had not come together by chance, because it is too complicated. Therefore someone must have made it. * Because the universe is so complicated someone must have made this too and that someone was God. ...read more.

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