In Nepal, a king had a baby boy. His name was Siddhartha which meant "he who achieves his dreams". A holy man predicted that the baby would either be a great king or a spiritual leader. His father wanted him to be king, so he raised him in a palace built just for Siddhartha.
With little experience and knowledge about the world outside of the luxuries of his palace, now 20 year old Siddhartha went to go venture outside of his palace on a chariot. He saw an old man, a sick man, and a corpse. His chariot driver explained to him that everybody grows old. Then, Siddhartha saw an ascetic. His chariot driver told him how ascetics give up worldly goods so they wouldn't be afraid of death.
He decided to become an ascetic for 6 years. He impressed 5 other ascetics so much they became his followers. When he didn't get answers to find a way to relive suffering, he tried harder. Fasting to near death and almost dying of dehydration.
One day a girl came up to Siddhartha with a bowl of rice. While he is taking it, he realizes that denying himself will not give him answers. So, he eats he rice and goes drink water. His followers see this and decide he has given up the ascetic life and leave. This is when Siddhartha began to preach about his findings which he called the middle way. Click To EditThen one day a girl came up to him and offered him a bowl of rice. He took it and then realized that if he denied himself he wouldn't find answers to anything, so he Help Insert ParagraphUndoes the last commandRedoes the last commandTabUntabSet a bold styleSet a italic styleSet a underline styleSet a strikethrough styleClean a styleSet left alignSet center alignSet right alignSet full alignToggle unordered listToggle ordered listOutdent on current paragraphIndent on current paragraphChange current block's format as a paragraph(P tag)Change current block's format as H1Change current block's format as H2Change current block's format as H3Change current block's format as H4Change current block's format as H5Change current block's format as H6Insert horizontal rulelinkDialog.show Summernote 0.8.11 · Project · Issues
The same night, Siddhartha goes to sit under a tree to meditate. He vows not to get up until he gets his answers. They began to form in his mind. He got his answers to suffering and got up. He was enlightened. He still wasn't sure if he wanted to preach or not because what he'd learn was nearly impossible to put into words, but Brahman convinced him to share his wisdom.
About 100 miles away from his tree, he stumbled upon the ascetics who had once been his followers and began to preach. Many other people came to listen to his preaching which is known as Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dharma. He taught for the remaining 80 years of his life. Monks from India began to spread his teachings to surrounding territories. Much like in Hinduism, Buddhism teaches about Karma and its effects in your reincarnated self.