– Greg Elms / Getty Images The essence of Buddhism According to the Buddhist tradition, Prince Siddhartha abandoned his comfortable life to go on a spiritual quest at the age of 29, having discovered the reality of suffering outside the palace walls. He became the Buddha when he first achieved enlightenment, or awakening. That’s when he came to understand the four principles which went on to form the basis of his teaching during his lifetime.

 

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