The Buddha´s Path to Enlightenment

The Buddha´s Path to Enlightenment
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  • Your son will either become a spiritual leader or a mighty king.
  • My son will be a mighty king!!!
  • The Buddha is a prince named Siddartha Gautama. He was born in 563 B.C. in Nepal. His father was a king. A fortuneteller predicted Sidd´s future either being a mighty king or a religious leader. The king tried to guide Sidd to become a future king.
  • I am done. Bye.
  • Sidd was raised in wealth and luxury. As Sidd grew up his father protected him from unpleasant things. The prince never saw anyone poor, sick, or anyone sad. Everywhere he went guards would come with him to tell the unpleasant people to move out of the way, so the prince would not see them. The prince got married and had a son.
  • Sidd was riding by on his chariot and saw a dead man with his family crying beside. Sidd was unhappy with what he saw and all of his happiness was drained from his body. He realized that his father had lied to him. He set out when he was 29. He joined the gurus, but decided that was not what he was looking for.
  • Wow!
  • What I have learned is that...
  • Interesting!
  • Sidd joined the Ascetics. He practiced self-denial. Sidd ate less. He slept less. He wore scratchy clothes. Sidd would reach for his belly, but instead he felt his backbone. After 5 years of self-denial, Sidd decided to abandon the Ascetics.
  • Sidd sat under a fig tree to meditate. He meditated for 49 days. Mara visited Sidd and tried to persuade him to return home. He refused. Sidd saw his past lives and understood reincarnation, and death. He achieved enlightenment, and became the Buddha. 
  • The Buddha had freed himself from the cycle of rebirth and suffering. He decided to go back to the world to teach other people about what he learned. He did this for the next 45 years. The Buddha's purpose was to awaken the world to the true nature of life and finally escape the endless cycle of suffering and rebirth. He finally died at age 80 and attracted many followers, and trained some to be teachers.
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