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How does this temple reflect the influence of Buddhism over a large geographical area?

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Buddhist Temples and their Size

Buddhist temples are the buildings/places of worship, prayer, rituals and tradition for Buddhists - people who have taken up and practice Buddhism as a religion where (White, 1993), "Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. " Central to Buddhism is its founder, Siddharta Gautama, a Nepalese and Hindu Prince from Nepal who lived in 563 BC. For Gautama (White, 1993), "wealth and luxury did not guarantee happiness, so he explored the different teachings religions and philosophies of the day, to find the key to human happiness. After six years of study and meditation he finally found 'the middle path' and was enlightened." Through meditation and contemplation, he became the first Buddha or 'Enlightened One'. The followers of is 'path' believe what they call '4Noble Truths' as follows:
1. "The first truth is that life is suffering i.e., life includes pain, getting old, disease, and ultimately death. We also endure psychological suffering like loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger." Buddhism teaches followers how to avoid a life of suffering.
2. "The second truth is that suffering is caused by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we expect other people to conform to our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want,etc. In other words, getting what you want does not guarantee happiness."
3. "The ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advice in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of Buddhist temples and their size relative to practice and population (geography). Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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