Your son will either be a king or a religious leader!
Please be a king!
This is the life!
Why is there so much suffering!?
Siddhartha was a young prince born in Nepal. One day Siddhartha's father met with a fortune teller. The fortune teller said that Siddhartha will either be a great king or a religious leader.
How am I supposed to find the truth of life?
As a young man, Siddhartha grew up in a life of luxury and was well protected. Siddhartha's father made sure he never saw any suffering or poverty. Siddhartha had everything a man could ask for.
Time to find the path to enlightenment.
One day, Siddhartha decided to sneak out of the palace without any guards. During his little trip outside the palace, Siddhartha saw a dead man, a sick and crippled man, a old man leaning on a stick, and a homeless but holy man who was very content.
By following the eightfold path, you are getting closer to reaching enlightenment...
While searching for truth, Siddhartha became an ascetic. Ascetics practice extreme self-denial. After a couple of months with the ascetics, Siddhartha gets down to only eating one jujube fruit and a grain of rice a day.
Siddhartha searched and searched for a place to meditate to try and find truth, so he finally stopped to do it under a fig tree that later became the Bodhi tree and he meditated for 49 days. Mara, the god of desire and death tried to tempt Siddhartha out of meditation with riches but it didn't work.
Once Siddhartha reached enlightenment, he became known as the Buddha. He came back down to Earth to teach people how to reach enlightenment by following the eightfold path and the four noble truths.