The life of the Buddha

The life of the Buddha

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  • He must be the heir to my throne.
  • Siddhartha can be your successor, or he could be a religious leader.
  • Quickly!!! Clear the way for Siddhartha!
  • In the year 563 B.C., Siddhartha Gautama was born as a prince in Nepal. His father met with a fortuneteller who says that Siddhartha will become either a king, or a religious leader. His father, who was at the time ruling the kingdom, wanted Siddhartha to be his successor.
  • There must be another way.
  • To reach moksha, you must follow the Way of Devotion, the Way of Works, or the Way of Knowledge.
  • Throughout his early years, he lived a luxurious life without any glimpse of anything sorrowful. Siddhartha was being protected by his father, who only wanted him to see happiness and joy. He was living a good life, as he married and had a son.
  • Siddhartha is no longer one of us. We will leave him here.
  • Would you like some milk and rice, young man?
  • Yes please.
  • One day, Siddhartha rode out of his palace even without any guards, and he saw an old, aging man leaning on a stick. He rode out like this three more times, and saw small, diseased man, a man who had died, and finally an ascetic. Siddhartha had most of his joy and pleasure taken out of him.
  • After having these four dreadful sights, Siddhartha threw out his life in luxury and replaced it with living on food donated from strangers and with sleeping under a tree or in a cave. He had met with Hindu gurus to learn about the cycle of death and rebirth. He was also taught how to escape it, but Siddhartha wanted to find his own way.
  • Siddhartha then joined a group of ascetics who denied any sort of donation or comfort given by other people. He also started spending multiple days just meditating. The result of this extreme lifestyle was Siddhartha losing a very large amount of weight, and one day, he fainted. When he woke up, he accepted a meal of milk and rice by a milkmaid, so the angered ascetics abandoned him.
  • Over time, Siddhartha gained his strength back, and he sat and began to meditate under a Bodhi Tree. After 49 days of meditating, Siddhartha suddenly saw his past lives, and understood the cycle of suffering and reincarnation. After being freed from suffering, he comes back to Earth believing that it is his purpose to educate others on how to reach his enlightened state.
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