BUDDHIST CHAPTER 16

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  • According to Buddhist tradition before Queen Maya's son was born, She had a dream. In this dream she was carried up to the himalaya mountains and was put on a sliver couch. a white elephant with 6 tusks kept making circles around her and then sturck her in the right side of her body. The king and queen asked the Brahims to explain this dream. They both said "You are carring a wonderful child who will be a great man" They said that this prince has two possible paths as a prince he could be a prince or He would leave his royal life and see suffering. From that he would become a buddha one that is enlightened.
  • The queen gave birth to Prince Siddharta in a garden. According to Buddhist tradition, the infant prince already looked a few years older. He could even walk and talk! Siddharta began his amazing life by saying ''I am the leader of the world and the gudie to the world.
  • I am the leader of the world and the gudie to the world!
  • Prince Siddhartha's father wanted his son to be a powerful ruler. The king was worried about the predictions made by the Brahmins. If the prince saw the world's suffering, he might give up his royal duties to seek a spiritual path. The king decided to protect his son from all of the horrors of the world. He raised the prince in a world of perfect wealth and beauty. At the age of 16, Prince Siddhartha married a beautiful young noblewoman. The wedding feast lasted seven days and seven nights. For 12 years, the couple lived together enjoying the prince's many palaces. When Siddhartha turned 29, they had a son.
  • After Siddhartha became a father himself, the king gave him more freedom to travel outside the royal palaces. According to Buddhist tradition, during his journeys, the prince discovered three forms of suffering. On the first trip the prince asked a person why was that man limping and so sad. He said he is aging he is old. On the second trip the prince again asked why is that man crying and look like she is in pain. He said he is sick. On the third day the prince asked the same man why is that man bloody and being carried? He said death has come to that man.
  • Aging
  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Prince Siddhartha's experiences with suffering transformed him. Suddenly, his royal life seemed empty. He wanted to find the happiness and peace that the ascetic had found. Siddhartha decided to give up his old life and search for enlightenment. Becoming enlightened would mean finding deep truth and freedom from suffering. One day he asked the driver to drop him off in the forest. When he got there he removed his royal robes and cut off his hair with a knife. As he was in the forests he met other ascetics. The ascetics also denied themselves many basic needs. For example they would not sleep for days, hold there breath for way to long, They stopped eating. He did this for a while but then he became very thin and ill and became very unhappy with this life style and had not found enlightenment
  • Siddhartha had learned that giving up bodily pleasures did not bring enlightenment. He decided to find a balance between the extremes of pleasure and pain. He would be neither a prince nor an ascetic. Instead, he would seek a “middle way” as a path to enlightenment. Siddhartha walked until he reached a tree that would become known as the Bodhi. He placed the grass at the foot of the tree and sat down. He vowed to meditate under the tree until he reached enlightenment. According to Buddhist tradition, while Siddhartha was meditating, a wicked god named Mara tried to frighten him. Then Mara sent his three daughters, Discontent, Delight, and Desire. But Siddhartha resisted them all. He then meditated through the rest of the night about the nature of reality and the way to reach nirvana.
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