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  • Queen Maya had a dream that she was carried over the Himalayas and set on a silver sofa. A six-tusked elephant struck her in the side. She asked a priest what it meant and he said that she was carrying a great child that would be a great man.
  • 563 B.C.E.
  • Alexis Alati 6th Hour
  • The queen gave birth to Prince Siddhartha in a garden. Stories say that during his birth, a rain of flowers fell down on him. When the prince was born he could already walk and talk and declared, " I am the leader of the world."
  • I am the leader of the world!
  • The prince's father was worried that his son might seek a spiritual path and give up royalty. He raised the prince in perfect wealth and beauty. The prince wanted to know what was outside of the castle he got married at 16 and had a son at 29.
  • 547 B.C.E.
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  • The prince made three chariot trips. On the first, he saw a man suffering from old age. On the second, he saw a very sick man. On the third, he saw a dead man. The prince had discovered the 3 forms of suffering. He made another trip, meeting an ascetic a person searching for enlightenment.
  • Old Age
  • Death
  • Sickness
  • So the prince became an asthetic because he loved the idea of reaching enlightenment. He gave up his fancy clothes, shoes, shelter, and went for long periods of time without food, water, and sleep. The prince got terribly thin and was very unhappy. He gave up on this extreme way of living and had not yet reached enlightenment.
  • I was happy in the beginning but this is just horrible...
  • Siddhartha realized that he could not reach enlightenment through giving up bodily pleasures. He sought a "middle way" as a path to reach enlightenment. He found a tree called the Bodhi Tree that he would meditate under until reaching enlightenment. A wicked god name Mara tried to tempt the Buddha but failed. While meditating, he found a way to break free of the continuous cycle of life and end all suffering. By morning, he had reached enlightenment.
  • 528 B.C.E.
  • "Under the Bodhi Tree, I discovered the basic principles of Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths. Number 1 is that suffering is present in all things and nothing lasts forever. Number 2 is suffering is caused by cravings. Number 3 is the way to end suffering is to give up all cravings. Number 4 is The way to give up all cravings is to live life according to the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold path is a key idea of Buddhism whereby followers should live their lives with the right understanding, purpose, speech, action, effort, etc."
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