The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

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  • Your son shall either be a great king or religous leader
  • My son shall be KING!!!
  • Everything is great!
  • Out of the way peasent! The kings coming through!
  • What is this?
  • I am sad and poor!
  • Siddhartha Gautama was porn a prince in a kingdom. His father lived in Nepal where he ruled a kingdom. A fortuneteller predicted he would either be a great king or a religious leader. His father wanted him to be a king. 
  • I must leave now.
  • Siddhartha was raised in luxury. His father protected him from anything unpleasant. When he went out, his father sent guards ahead to clear the street of anything bad. He married young and had a son.  
  • I have seen my past lives and now am enlightend. I am awake!
  • One day he rode out without any guards, Then he saw an old man leaning on a stick, a man with diseases, and a dead man who's family was crying around him. This made him feel sad and sorrowful. Finally, he saw a wandering holy man, which inspired him to become one. 
  • I am awake!
  • What are you?
  • Now he didn't have the comforts that he had before. He went to live with Hindu gurus, but their approach to salvation did not satisfy him. Next he joined a group of ascetics, people who practiced extreme self-denial. One day, the lack of food made him faint, and he left the ascetics afterward. 
  • As he got better, he decided to sit under a fig tree and meditate. He meditated for 49 days, which caused him to see his past lives. He then entered a new life free of desire and suffering, or enlightenment. 
  • The Buddha then chose to go back to the world and help teach others. For the next 45 years, he traveled spreading his wisdom to others. Many people asked him if he was a god, angel, or saint, and his answer was, "I am awake." The Buddha awakened the world to the true nature of life, and he died at the age of 80, but not without giving a little more wisdom. 
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