The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment
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  • Your son will have the future of a mighty king or a religious leader
  • I shall make sure that Siddhartha becomes a mighty king
  • Move!!  The prince is coming and he can't see a dying man!!!
  • Yes Sir
  • Please don't leave us yet!
  • Oh my!! Is he dead!!
  • Siddhartha Gautama was born in Nepal as a prince. His father, the king, had a fortuneteller tell him what Sid's future would be, which was either a mighty king, or a religious leader. The King wanted Sid to be a king.
  • I can't believe I saw him dead.
  • It's okay. All people die. It's just part of the cycle of life.
  • Sid grew up with almost everything he wanted. As he grew up and went out in his chariot, his father would send guards to clear a path of no sadness. Sid never saw any poor, sad, or sick people.
  • Siddhartha. Leave your search and I will give you all wealth you want.
  • I refuse
  • One day Sid went out without any guards. Without them, he saw an old man leaning on a stick, a man shrunken by disease, a man who died with his family around him crying and a possession less, homeless, holy man. Sid was shaken by seeing these things.
  • Nothing lasts forever. Work hard to earn your escape from the cycle.
  • Sid searched for the truth of life and left his home and family. He studied with Hindu gurus, but the guru' explanation of these sights did not satisfy Sid. He then joined the ascetics but was abandoned by them when he ate milk and rice after five years.
  • Sid continues his search for truth by mediating under the Bodhi Tree for 49 days. During this time he was visited by the god Mara who tried to make him leave but failed. After 49 days of mediating, Sid reached enlightenment, and became the Buddha.
  • Buddha chose to go back into the world after freeing himself from the cycle of rebirth and suffering. For the next forty-five years  Buddha taught the people of India what he has learned.  His goal was to awaken the true nature of life and he succeed in a way for when he died he had may followers and some trained teachers.
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