Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

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  • Your son will either be a great king or a spiritual leader.
  • He will be a great king!
  • Out of the way! The prince is here!
  • Oh dear my sickness is acting up again!
  • Our Mother! What will we do?
  • Siddhartha Gautama was born in what is modern day Nepal into the kings palace. One day, he went to a fortune teller and he told him that his son would either be a great king or a spiritual leader. Of course, the king said that he wanted him to be a great king so he lied to his son.
  • You are not fit to be an Ascetic. Leave us at once!
  • Whenever Siddhartha went outside of the palace, he had guards that would move sick, old, poor, or dead people out of the way so he would not see them. This was his fathers doing so that he would not feel sorry for the less fortunate people and become a spiritual leader.
  • One Day, Siddhartha went outside of the palace without his guards so no one was there to move the poor people out of the way. So as he was walking, he saw a poor man, a dead man whose family was weeping around him, a sick person, and a very old and poor man who seemed content with everything he had. These people were known as The Four Passing Sights.
  • After Siddhartha saw these people, he decided to leave his family and find the answer to life, suffering and death. Then he joined a group of religious people known as the Gurus. When those group of people did not reveal his question, he joined a band of Ascetics (a group of religious people who were in extreme self-denial). Siddhartha eventually left the Ascetics realizing that the answer did not lie there either.
  • Once Siddhartha left the Ascetics, he went to go meditate under a fig tree for forty-nine days. While he was meditation, an evil goddess tried to trick him into leaving his meditation, but he did not leave his spot. After his meditation, he became enlightened and a spiritual leader named Buddha.
  • After his enlightenment, he went home to his family who then traveled with him around India teaching everyone about what Buddha had learned. He did this for the rest of his days.
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