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Siddhartha Gautama's Journey Among Buddhism
Your son will leave your palace at thirty.
Then I must keep him concealed from the outside world...
By Anna Schicker - Period 6
There once lived a husband and wife, leaders of the clan of the Shakyas in Lumbini, today Nepal. The king and queen were expecting a baby.
Shortly after their baby was born, the queen died. The king went to a wise man to ask him about his son's future. The man told him that he would get upset by something and leave the palace. So the king vowed to never let his son leave his palace.
The prince was named Siddhartha Gautama. He grew up surrounded by youth and wealth. As he got older, he became married and had a child. Siddhartha had never seen anyone old, sick, or even dead. He was never allowed outside of the palace walls, but that did not stop his curiosity.
When Siddhartha turned thirty, he decided to sneak out of his palace with his charioteer during the night. He saw an old man, a man screaming from pain, and a corpse being carried to its grave. What he witnessed changed him forever.
Just as the wise man predicted, Siddhartha became very upset and left the palace. He cut his hair, changed into a robe, and ventured off with his apprentice to find the meaning of human suffering. He left everything behind, including his wealth, family, and power.
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