Buddhas Path to Enlightenment

Buddhas Path to Enlightenment

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  • Sidharttha Hindu Prince of Nepal was born on 563 BC. Siddhartha father meets a fortune teller who predicts Siddhartha will be a kind or religious leader. Of course his dad wanted him to be King, and everyone bowed down to him.
  • Siddhartha grew up in a life of luxury. He didn't experience pain or sadness. Siddhartha went out to the city, where chariots, guards, traveled ahead of him. The guards protected him from the poor or sick people from the streets. He had a family and everything he wanted.
  • Siddhartha went on a journey without any guards. Then he saw an old man leaning on a stick, and a man shrunken by ideas, and a man who had died. All of the mans family were nearby crying. Siddhartha was shocked and scared. He never saw suffering and sadness before.
  • Siddhartha searched for truth about life, suffering, and death. He began studying with Hindu Gurus. They taught him that life was an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. His next step was to join a band of religious ascetics, which meant denying himself of all physical comforts.
  • Siddhartha sat underneath a fig tree (Tree of Knowledge). He sat there until truth has been realized. He fasted for 49 days. He then understood the cycle of birth, rebirth, and death, and became aware that he escaped that which tied him to the world, and achieved enlightenment.
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