Buddha's life

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  • A prince was born in Nepal, he was called Siddattha. Once he was born his father was visited by a wise man. The man told him Siddattha would grow up to be a great holy man.
  • This is not good news. If I keep my son in luxury and do not show him life outside maybe he will become a great King instead.
  • At 19, Siddattha had married and had a son. Although he had everything many men could ever want, Siddattha wanted to see the world outside the palace walls.
  • Channa! Prepare my chariot! We are to go out on a trip.
  • Siddattha ventured outside four times. On his first three journeys he saw an old man, a sick woman, a dead body. These sights troubles him greatly. The fourth time this happened:
  • It is a wondering holy man, he lives a simple life searching for meaning and truth
  • Channa, who is that?
  • Siddattha decided he could not live this way any longer. One night he kissed his wife and child goodbye and took Channa to a river. There he gave Channa his riches and he cut off his hair. He then said goodbye and crossed the river into the jungle. He was 29.
  • Siddattha spent the next six years learning from wise men and meditating. He wanted to understand the meaning of life and how to be free from suffering. He did so many different things he became ill and almost died. He did all this but still did not come closer to the answers he wanted.
  • Then, one night under a full moon, he decided to sit under a Bodhi tree. He told himself he would meditate until he had the answers. No one knows how long he sat there for but he sat there until he suddenly became enlightened. He had finally become the Buddha. He spent the rest of his life teaching the ways of Buddhism
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