The Buddha's path to Enlightenment

The Buddha's path to Enlightenment

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  • Be a King!
  • Siddhartha Gautama, a Hindu prince of Nepal was born in 563 B.C.. Siddhartha's father meets with a fortune teller who predicts Siddhartha will either be a king or a religious leader. Of course, Siddhartha's dad wants him to be a king.
  • So hungry!
  • Siddhartha grew up in a life of luxury without experiencing pain or sadness. Even when Siddhartha left the palace, the guards would make sure to clear the sickly or poor from the street. Eventually he married and had a son.                             
  • Siddhartha left without guards one day and saw and old man leaning on a stick. Then he saw a man shrunken by disease. Next, he saw a man who had died. Last, he saw a happy, holy man. Siddhartha decided to then trade his clothes for a yellow robe and he became a religious seeker.
  • Siddhartha did all the things an Ascetic did. He starved himself, didn't bathe, and he wore scratchy clothes. He started meditating on a daily basis too. He was so weak after five years of self denial so he decided it wasn't the path to truth. He decided to eat and the group of Ascetics abandoned him.
  • Siddhartha  decided to meditate for forty-nine days to find the truth. He sat under a bodhi tree until he was attacked by a god named Mara who offered him wealth. He denied her offer and kept searching. Finally, he found the enlightenment. wisdom. He became Buddha and uderstpood the cycle of birth, death, and reincarnation.
  • The Buddha found the truth and wanted to share it with the world. His religion, Buddhism, is based of the truth that the Buddha found from meditating for forty-nine days. He continue to teach and taught others how to be teachers.
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