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Before Prince Siddhartha was born his mother Maya had a dream. In the dream she was carried over the Himalayas, to a silver couch and a elephant with six tusks. and said you are carrying a child that will have great power. as prince he could lead with power or become the Buddha.
His father wanted him to be a great leader not a Buddha. The king decided to keep him safe from going outside the castle. He raised the prince in wealth and beauty. servants take care of his everyday needs.
On the princes first trip he saw a man walking with a cane. on the second trip he saw a man on the ground crying in pain.
When the prince experienced the suffering transformed him. He wanted to find the happiness and peace that the ascetics have found. He decided to give up his old life. One night he asked his driver to go into the woods. He cut of his hair, he fasted and gave up his needs/wants.
The prince found out that giving up his bodily pleasures was not enlightenment. He decided not to be a prince or an ascetic. He sat at the foot of a tree, and vowed to meditate till he was enlightenment. Wicked gods came down to frighten him. he did that until he reached nirvana.
That night he his mind filled with truths he was wondering. He was his past lives and and the cycle of rebirth. By the end of the night he has become the Buddha, the awakened one. He had learned the four noble truths
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