Like any historical figure, the Buddha’s life as become a combination of fact and legend. But more importantly, his enlightenment and teachings are just as relevant today as they were when he first discovering them 2500 years ago.
These teachings are summarized in the Four Noble Truths:
- Life means suffering.
- The origin of suffering is attachment.
- The cessation of suffering is attainable.
- There is a path to end suffering.
Near the end of the film, one of the speakers reveals what I found a most intriguing comment: “It is a great irony that the person who shunned all forms of ritual and personality worship, has became the ultimate figure of personality worship.”
What do you think the Buddha would say to those who treat him as a God?