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  • Queen Maya had a dream that she was flying above the Himalaya m.t and when she landed she was struck in the right side by a 6 horned white elephant.
  • The Brahmins told Queen Maya that her dream meant that the prince had two possible paths to take in life. The first was he would be the King of the Universe. The second was he would become inligtened and become Budda if he found the suffering in the world.
  • Siddaharth was born able to walk and talk. Siddahartha said "I am the leader of the world and the guide to the world."
  • Siddahartha was raised in perfect wealth and beauty. The princes life was very lavish. He was very sheltered against death, sickness, and aging. Until the age of 29 when he had a kid.
  • The prince soon discovered the 3 sufferings aging, death, and sickness. That is when he figured out he wanted enlightenment after talking to his ascetic.
  • Siddahartha quickly became a master at meditation and began to give up most basic needs. So he soon became unhappy with this was of living and still had not found the key to enlightenment.
  • Searching for a new life Siddhartha gave up his old life to search for enlightenment. So he cut off hes hair and only wore a robe and carried a small bowl for alms.
  • Siddhartha soon found a way to enlightenment after being tested and passing. He saw in karma and saw how to gain freedom from the endless cycle, and ended all of his suffering. There for he became Buddha. He spent the rest of his life sharing the principals of Buddhism called the 4 noble truths. 1.suffering is in all things and nothing will last forever. 2. suffering is caused by desire and wants. 3. the way to end all suffering is to give up desire and wants. 4. the way to give up desire and want is to live according to the eight-fold path. The 4 noble truths is the idea that everything will change. Siddhartha taught people to follow the eight-fold path. To follow the middle way. Buddha could have easily escaped into enlightenment but chose to help other people.
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