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.
  • Siddhartha will be King!
  • Get out of the way!
  • My mother passed away!
  • Grrrrrrr
  • Who will answer my questions?
  • Siddhartha Guatama was born a prince in 563 B.C. Sid's father was a strong king who ruled Nepal. When Sid was young his father decided to meet with a fortune teller and for see his son's future, the woman said that he would be either a mighty king or religious leader.
  • Hello, I am Siddartha...can you help me find answers to life.
  •  Join us Asetics and you will find your answers Siddhartha.
  • Ever since Sid was young his father would hide away all things unfortunate such as poverty or death. Meanwhile, Siddhartha bathed everyday and wore clothes of silk, even when he went on his chariot rides guards would walk ahead of him and clear out those of sorrow.
  • Yes! I have reached the "Enlightenment!"
  • However, at twenty-nine Sid ventured out on his own and discovered the "The Four Passing Signs," confused and sad he asked the handmaid for answers...she then said that everyone is born, gets old, becomes sick, and eventually dies. Because of this, Sid shaved his head, put on a robe of yellow, and ventured off into the forest in hopes of finding answers to his questions about life.
  • I will teach you the ways of Buddism.
  • That would be great my son!
  • Sid stumbled upon a group of Hindu gurus, he studied the religeon  for a little while, but found it wasn't the best for him. He then came upon the "Path of Denial," through this process he would deprive himeself of sleep, food, and comfortable clothing. However, he believed this path was wrong and began eating once more, because of this, the Asetics abandoned him.
  • As Sid's strength returned, he once again searched for answers in a different method. He meditated under a fig tree (Bodhi tree) for forty-nine days until eventually he reached the "Enlightenment," a process in which he escaped the pain and suffering, into which he turned into the Budha or "the awakened one."
  • For the next forty-five years, Buddha traveled around the world and tought his newly-found religeon to those seeking to learn about it. he died at age eighty and his dying words were, " Behold, O monks, this is my advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation."
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