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Before the Queen had baby, she had a dream that a white elephant struck her in the side. She asked a royal wise men for a clarification of the dream. The wise men told her that this meant that the prince would once rule the kingdom or he will leave his lucurious live to find enlightenment. The nest day the royal prince Siddhartha was born.
After the wise man told her this the king wanted to keep the prince away from the outside world because if he say the suffering in the world then he would want to give up his royal life a seek enlightenment. So for about 29 years the prince was showered with gifts, fine clothing and royal living.
One day the prince the saw the three forms of suffering. The first form he saw a man that was sick and weak. The second form of suffering he saw a man crying out in pain because he was wounded. The third form of suffering he saw a man covered up in a blanket that had died. When he went home that night he was troubled by what he had saw. He met a man that glowed with inner peace, this was a athic.
After the prince saw how happy the athic was he wanted to be as happy so he asked his chariot driver to take him to the end of the woods. Where he took off his jewelry expensive clothing and headed off to find enlightenment.
After the Buddha or the prince tried to find enlightenment by fasting, not drinking, not having any possessions. He decided to give up the harsh lifestyle and tried to meditate. After this long act, he finally achieved enlightenment and became the Buddha.
In the story off the four noble truth that all things change, the prince learned that one dose find pleasure but it doesn't last forever, and one suffers when it is lost. The prince thought to end suffering he had to travel the Eightfold Path. This path leads to the "Middle Way." The Buddha would have been selfish if he escaped into enlightenment. Instead of doing this he chose to teach others the way of enlightenment. In time his teachings spread throughout India and some parts of Asia.
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