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How did Gautam Buddha become enlightened?

Asked by gamefu91 (591points) December 8th, 2010

Do you think that Gautam Buddha became enlightened doing meditation ? The Kundalini awakening meditation or something else ? How did he became what he is known for ?

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jlelandg's avatar

Isn’t this what Siddartha is about? I’ll be watching this thread.

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“Gautama was famously seated under a pipal tree – now known as the Bodhi tree – in Bodh Gaya, India, when he vowed never to arise until he had found the truth.[31] Kaundinya and four other companions, believing that he had abandoned his search and become undisciplined, left. After a reputed 49 days of meditation, at the age of 35, he is said to have attained Enlightenment.[31][32] According to some traditions, this occurred in approximately the fifth lunar month, while, according to others, it was in the twelfth month. From that time, Gautama was known to his followers as the Buddha or “Awakened One.” (“Buddha” is also sometimes translated as “The Enlightened One.”)”


sinscriven's avatar

Though he eventually found enlightenment through meditation he went through a long trial and error process to get there.
Siddhartha was born a prince, and a prophecy said that he would grow to become a great king or a great religious leader. Obvious his father wanting him to succeed him as ruler, he cooped him up in the palace and indulged him completely, trying to spoil him and accustom him to the life of royalty; However, he felt as if he was incomplete and eventually he left his royal life and his family to explore the world.
Through his travels he found a reality that he was never exposed to: Aging, pain and suffering, death, and decomposition. He felt that the world was too full of suffering and vowed to find a way to end it. He spent years trying to find a way, learning and studying under monks and hermits of the time and far surpassing them but he never seemed to find the answer.
He tried giving up all his posessions, he beat himself, he begged, and he starved himself. He meditated under a long time fast to the point where he was pretty much at death’s door until a kid saved his life by feeding him. After that, he entered a clear state of meditation and realized that he’d been doing it all wrong.
What he discovered wound up being things like the four noble truths, that state that all desire is the root of all suffering; and the eightfold path as a guide to bring yourself closer to breaking the chain of suffering, and that the path to enlightenment is the “middle” way, no extreme indulgence or deprivation, but moderation.

talljasperman's avatar

I think when he realized that people aren’t all jerks deliberately… and he cut everyone some slack and insults became flowers.

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