The Buddha's path to enlightenment

The Buddha's path to enlightenment

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  • Your son will either be King or a religious leader. 
  • No, he, my son, will be King, and I shall do whatever I can to make him King. 
  • We will protect you every step of the way. 
  • I can't believe nobody ever told me about elderly, or disease, or sickness, or even death!
  • The Buddha was born in 563 B.C and was born a prince. His father was a kind who ruled Nepal. A fortuneteller predicted two possible futures for the young prince. Siddhartha could become a mighty kind like his father, or a religious leader, while his father guided him to become a king. 
  • Hahaha I knew he was going to quit. We need to abandoned him. 
  • This is not my path to truth, so I've got to do something else. I will begin another journey. 
  • Siddhartha was raised in wealth and luxury. As he grew up, his father protected him from everything sad or unpleasant. He never saw anyone who was poor, sad, or sick. They made sure he did not see any of these unpleasant things. He married and had a son, and got everything he could possibly ever want or have. 
  • I just want to know the truth and I am finally am understanding death and rebirth through meditating. 
  • I am giving you all these great opportunities and you wont take them! All I am asking is for you to end your search. 
  • Siddhartha was 29 and went out of the palace with just his chariot driver. During the ride, he came up on the first of "the four passing sights." He saw elderly, disease, sickness, and death, all he unpleasant things. The prince realized that he too, faced these hardships, and changed to be a normal human being. 
  • I am here today to share my story with you all. I am not a god, or an angel, or a saint, but I am awake. 
  • The once-protected prince searched for the truth about life and death. He studied with Hindu gurus. They taught him there was a path to salvation. He was not satisfied, so he joined the ascetics. He ate less, and lost a ton of weight and this was called self-denial. Afterwards, he was weak and fainted, and when he awoke, realized that this was not the path to truth. He rejected self-denial and the ascetics abandoned him. 
  • Siddhartha renewed his search by sitting under a fig tree, the tree of knowledge. He meditated for 49 days there. He got a visit by Mara, god of desire and death, and Mara tried to tempt to give up his search by offering wealth and other desirable things. When that failed, Mara attacked him. He went back into meditation and saw his past lives, and finally understood the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. He entered a new life free of desire and suffering, and reached enlightenment. 
  • The Buddha had freed himself from the cycle of rebirth and suffering. But instead of enjoying his own liberation, he chose to go back into the world to teach others what he had learned. He traveled across India, preaching a message of truth and hope. He also answered a lot of questions from people. He told the people that he was not a god, an angel, or a saint, but he was awake.  His purpose was to awaken the world to the true nature of life. People could then finally escape the ending cycle of suffering and rebirth. 
  • Are you a saint?
  • Are you an angel?
  • Are you a god? 
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