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June 2001The Life of the BuddhaTopic 1

a) Explain the historical background of the life of Gautama the Buddha

The life of the Buddha is divided into ten acts. These are the ten main events in his life that Buddhists
focus on.
The first act is conception. Siddhartha was conceived…

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June 2001The Life of the BuddhaTopic 1

to Siddhartha, however they could not harm Siddhartha and so this attempt by Mara failed. Then
Mara tried to influence him by sending Siddhartha desire, in the form of his three daughters- lust,
passion and virtue. However, Siddhartha refused to be tempted by…


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