Buddha's Path to enlightenment

Buddha's Path to enlightenment

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  • I see your son to be  as a religious leader, or maybe even a king, just like you
  • No!!!,  he will definitely be  a king, and he will  unite all!
  • We are all clear ahead! There are no more beggars
  • The kingdom, Siddhartha
  • Good, we don't want Siddhartha to see anything
  • Where to?
  • Everybody gets old and dies someday.
  • MY LIFE IS A LIE! ):
  • If only we brought the guards.
  • He was born a prince named Siddhartha  Gautama in 563 B.C. .  His  father ruled  a kingdom North of  India that  is known as modern-day Nepal. The legend says that there was a fortune teller who predicted two paths Sid could take. Those were to either become a king, or a religious leader. His father, a current king, wanted his son to also be a king.
  • Aummmmmmm, Aummm
  • The prince grew up with wealth. His father did not want him to see any unpleasant sights, such as sick, sad, or poor people or things, because the king feared his son would pity them and want to help, driving him towards not being a strong king. Sid traveled with guards that made sure there were no unpleasant sights. Then, as a young man, he got married, and had a child. His life seemed perfect.
  • The truth, it has been discovered!
  • Aummmmm
  • According to the legend, when Sid was 29, he rode out of the kingdom without his guards and he came upon the four passing sights. First he saw an old man leaning on a stick, then he saw a man shrunken by disease, and third, he saw a dead man with his weeping family. All of this shocked and horrified the prince. His servant explained death. Sid said "all joy... died within me". then he came upon the 4th sight, a holy man, who was poor but content. Sid wanted the calmness so he left home and simplified his life by living poorly.
  • We will carry on your ideas and pass them down to others, and we will awake civilization to the truth.
  • When you are enlightened, you are free from suffering...
  • I see...
  • Sid wanted to find the truth about life, death, and suffering. The only food he had was is what people put in his begging bowl, and his only shelter were trees or caves. He started studying with Hindu Gurus. The gurus taught him that there was a path to salvation from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. The gurus' path to salvation did not satisfy SId. Sid joined a band of people who practice self denial for religion, called ascetics, meaning Sid had to deny all of his physical comforts, meditate for days, and only eat one fruit a day. After 5 years with the ascetics, he knew this was not the path to truth, so he took offered food, and the ascetics left him.
  • Then, Sid regained his strength after self denial, and set off. One day, he decided to meditate under a fig tree, later known as the Bodhi tree, or the tree of knowledge. He stated he would not leave his seat there until the truth was discovered. Siddhartha  stayed under the Bodhi tree for 49 days, while meditating. He was visited by the god of death and desire while meditating. She offered Sid desirable things, but when Sid rejected the god, she rained rocks down on him. After all of that, he understood the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. He achieved a perfect state of wisdom, known as enlightenment. Lastly, he became the Buddha, the enlightened one.
  • The Buddha escaped the cycle of rebirth and suffering. He went back to civilization, traveled through India, and taught others what he had learned about his path to truth and salvation from suffering. As he preached, people asked him things like "are you a god?", and Sid would answer, "No, I'm awakened". After being enlightened, the "Buddha's purpose was to awaken the world to the true nature of life". Once people truly understood the truth, they could finally leave behind the endless cycle of rebirth along with pain and suffering. The Buddha continued preaching, and he gained followers, and he taught some of them to be teachers of Buddhism. then, he died at the age of 80, and his last words were "This is my last advice to you all... things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation".
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