The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment
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  • Your son will be a mighty king or a religious leader.
  • He must be a mighty king!
  • Beggars, sick people get out of the street! The Prince is coming.
  • All these people I have seen are suffering. However , this holy man has nothing and is content. I must  find out how to achieve what the holy man has
  • I do not like the way to salvation. There must be another way.
  • Buddha was born   Siddhartha Gautama as a prince in 553 B.C.  His  father was a king of a kingdom in what is now   Nepal. There was a fortuneteller  who predicted that   Siddhartha   would become  a mighty king or a religious  leader. The king wanted him to become a mighty king.
  • However, there is a path to salvation.
  • Life is an endless cycle of death, birth, and rebirth
  • Siddhartha was raised in wealth. He wore silk an an umbrella was always over him to shield him from the elements.   His father protected him from any suffering.  He never saw anyone who was poor, sad, or  sick.  Guards  went ahead of him when he went out to make sure there was no sick  people or beggars on the street.
  • I have become enlightened. Now I know all the truths of the universe.
  • When  Buddha was 29, he  rode out of the palace with  only a chariot driver.  He saw one of the"the  Four Passing Sights".  He saw an elderly man   putting his weight on a stick. He took two rides after this and saw a man suffering from illness and a dead man with his family sobbing next to him. Siddhartha was horrified. On the last ride he saw a content wandering holy man who had nothing. He decided to search for the thing that the holy man had.
  • I must tell you the true nature of life, so you people can escape the endless cycle of suffering
  • The prince looked for truth about life, suffering, and death. He studied Hindu gurus to begin his search. He learned the endless cycle of life which is birth, death, and rebirth. The gurus said that the suffering was part of this cycle and that there is a way to get out of this cycle. However, this way did not satisfy Siddhartha.  He joined a band of Ascetics and took a path of self denial.   After five years of self denial, he realized  that this was not the right path.
  • Siddhartha started up his search when he got his strength back. He sat under a tree later known as the Bodhi Tree.  He would sit their until he found out the truth. He was visited by the god of desire and death, Mara. She tried to tempt him to stop his search, but it did not work. Siddhartha ended up sitting there for 49 days. He saw his past lives when he went deeper into meditation. After this, he became enlightened a was not tied to the world anymore.
  • Buddha had freed himself from the cycle of life. He went back into the world to teach everyone what he had learned. For 45 years, he went around India to teach people. People asked him what he was. He often answered that he was awake. His ultimate purpose was to awaken the world of the true nature of life, so they can escape the cycle of suffering. He got many followers and taught people to teach others his knowledge. Buddha died at 80.
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