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  1. Introduction.
  2. The foundation of Buddhism.
  3. Siddhartha's journey of meditation.
  4. The core of Buddhist teachings.
  5. The known Hindu paths before Buddhism.
  6. The Hindu culture in India.
  7. The political, religious and social undertakings of Buddhism.

During an ?Axial Age? of idealistic creativity, Buddhism emerged as a mystical guide to escape the mundane rituals of the physical world (8 January 2008). Founded by Siddhartha Gautama, the nature of Buddhism transposes Enlightenment against the social conventions of traditional Hinduism.Through a heightened sense of spirituality and physical detachment, the ideals of Buddhism offer much insight on the concept of achieving self-enlightenment and the fallibility of class distinctions. Although the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama were politically limiting and non-withstanding in India, the religious and social pragmatism of individual Enlightenment, as seen through the Four Noble Truths and the disintegration of the caste system, were tremendous contributions of the Buddhist philosophy.

[...] divinity of Buddhism had originated in thought as Siddhartha decided to dedicate his life to a way that could extinguish the suffering he realized was inevitably eminent in the world. Developed in the terrains of India, Buddhism defines itself as an attempt to lead away from tradition and worldly attachments. After renouncing all his titles and possessions within the Kshatriya class, Siddhartha set about learning the ?extreme asceticism? of Jainism for six years under the teachings of the Upanishads (21 February 2008). [...]

[...] The social collaboration that Buddhism entails is a defining product of the philosophy. Those who were able to overcome the traditional force of the caste system learned to live among one another in a ?monastic community? which was the ?crucial factor in the efficacy? of Buddhism (Strong 80). Through the demands of the philosophy, those within the sangha, or order of Buddhist followers, were able to look to one another, as equals, for moral support. This included the acceptance of women and people of the lower castes. [...]

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