The Life of Buddha

The Life of Buddha
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  • If prince Siddhartha becomes king, he will rule the world. If he becomes a monk, he will become a Buddha.
  • I want my son to be king.
  • King Suddhodana and Queen Maya ruled the kingdom of Kapilavattu in Nepal
  • On her way to her parents' house, she gave birth to Prince Siddhartha in the Lumbini Garden.
  • Asita, the prophet, predicted that Siddhartha would either become a great ruler or a Buddha. However, his father, King Suddhodana, only wanted him to succeed the throne.
  • Why sickness?  Why old age? Why death? Is there an answer?
  • Unfortunately, Queen Maya passed away seven days after giving birth to Siddhartha. Her sister, Pajapati, took care of the Prince.
  • At the age of 16, he married Princess Yasodhara. After 13 years, they had a son named Rahula.
  • When he left the castle, he saw a sick man, an old man, and a corpse. He, then, saw a monk walking in peace not inflicted by the suffering of humanity. He started to question the origin of suffering and the answer to it.  
  • On his 29th birthday, he left the castle, his parents, his wife, and child, with his servant and a horse.
  • At the Anoma river, he left his servant with his horse and the jewelry and crossed the river to begin his journey of seeking knowledge.
  • Siddhartha started to study and acquire from different masters. Until one day, he settled with the practice of asceticism. 
  • Asceticism......
  • Asceticism is not the path to enlightenment.
  • He and 4 Kondanna brothers practiced asceticism day and night. They did not eat or drink during the practice.  
  • Despite his devotion, Siddhartha did not find the ultimate path to his questions through asceticism. Therefore, he abandoned asceticism and drank the milk offered by a lady to revive his strength.  
  • He began to meditate under the Bodhi tree for 49 days. Despite the disturbance of Mara, the demon, Siddhartha was enlightened and became Buddha. 
  • Buddha delivered the first lesson to his disciples, the Kondanna brothers at the Loc Uyen garden. 
  • For the next 45 years, He and his students spread the teaching to the people. During that time, Buddha obtained a number of disciples, forming a Sangha community.
  • At the age 80, Buddha
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