The start of Buddhism
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As a young child, Siddhartha Gautama was prophesied to be either a great emperor or a holy man. His father wanted him to be a ruler so he kept him isolated from the outside world.
As Siddhartha grew inside the palace walls, he was treated with everything he could have ever wanted.
When he decided to see what was out there, he saw that there was pain and suffering in the world. The experience made him want to live the life as an extremist, eating only enough to keep him alive.
When he was offered a bowl of rice, it made him decide to live a balanced life. He meditated under a tree for a long time, and in that time he learned a path to end suffering.
8 Basic Paths
4 Noble Truths
Siddhartha shared his knowledge with others who suffered pain and illness, and they listened. They became his followers.
Those followers became monks, dedicating their lives to this new religion, and spreading it all over Asia.
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