12 Steps to Enlightenment

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The stages of Enlightenment for Buddha

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  • Siddhartha Gautama was born into a royal family. There are many stories about his miraculous birth e.g a Sage (wise man) named Asita examined his birthmarks and said he would be a Buddha!
  • Siddarthas' Father was very controlling. He wanted to protect his Son from suffering, so didn't tell him about old age or sickness and death.
  • Enlightenment This Way
  • After getting married and have a Son, at the age of 29, Siddartha went outside the palace and met 'The Four Passing Sights - a sick person, an aged person, a corpse & a calm holy man'
  • Self Denial
  • Self Indulgence
  • THE MIDDLE WAY
  • He realised suffering existed. So left the palace & his wealth, power & pleasures, to find the truth about suffering & how to cope with it, as he realised it was inevitable for humans. This is known as the Great Renunciation.
  • The Great Renunciation
  • He met an Indian ascetic, who encouraged him to live like a monk. Over the next 5/6 years, along with his 5 companions, he tortured himself, held his breath and fasted until his ribs stuck out. Yet, he still couldn't find enlightenment.
  • He remembered as a boy sitting under a rose apple tree & feeling great bliss as he entered deep medatation - a 'dyhana'. Siddhartha realised the path to awakening was a 'Middle Way' between self denial and self indulgence.
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