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Was Buddha the kindest man in history?

asked by WHITESUNSHINE87 on June 18, 2017


I could say a lot here about the Budda's, life, about his search and pursuit of the 'perfect way', (The middle way), but there is no consensus amongst scholars and historians as to all the facts. Indeed many details are contested.
What seems obvious is that the Buddha was a peace loving, kind, and harmless man, with no obvious unpleasant personality traits. He appears to have spent many years seeking a way of life that afforded him permanent spiritual happiness, and then teaching this way to many others for fourty five years. So, obviously a good man.
What puzzles me about your question is. The Buddha did not spend his life performing endless acts of great kindness, while it saddened him to see the suffering of many people, he did not spend a lifetime, going out of his way to spread kindness, although he was undoubtedly a kind man. So I find it a great leap of logic, to place him above many other historical figures, and long forgotten figures who were as kind as any human can be, to all they met.
I don't believe that one can make that claim for the Buddha, with any degree of certainty, or mass of evidence.
I would be interested to hear, what prompted you to ask this question.
by ALMOSTARISTOTLE 06/20/2017 6:51 AM
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Last Reply by WHITESUNSHINE87 06/20/2017 9:25 AM

Nothing as such prompted me to ask this question .There was someone here who asked about cruel men in history .So ,I thought of asking about Buddha.I revere him.Even if there may be some doubts about him.

I wish I knew more about him. The mere fact that you are asking this would suggest he is up there amongst them.
by VALENTINE 06/18/2017 10:56 AM
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Last Reply by WHITESUNSHINE87 06/18/2017 11:03 PM

He is.

I think perhaps he was. I have never read a story about him becoming angry or being rude to anyone.
by ROLLE2323 06/18/2017 11:17 AM
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Last Reply by WHITESUNSHINE87 06/20/2017 9:17 AM


He got angry once when his cousin, his Judas, decided all his followers should be vegetarians. Buddha said that wasn't important to his teachings. He went off and lived in the jungle for a while with a rogue elephant for a friend.

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I think so.
by HUNKALOVE1 06/19/2017 9:41 AM
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