The Buddha's path to Enlightment

The Buddha's path to Enlightment
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  • Your son will either be a king, or a religious leader.
  • My son must be King!
  • Guards! Do not let my son witness anything unpleasant!
  • Why must I be affected by this most awful disease which makes me small.
  • Why does the world work this way.
  • Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince in Nepal (563 BC). His father was a king. A fortune teller said Siddhartha could either be a king or a religious leader. The King tried to guide his son to be a future king.
  • Maybe these ascetics will help me find my path to the truth.
  • Siddhartha was raised in wealth and luxury. Siddhartha even always had an umbrella to protect him from the heat, cold, leaves, and dew. Whenever he left his home, his father ordered guards to keep anything that is bad away from him in the hopes that he would become a king and not a religious leader.
  • One day, Siddhartha left his palace without any guards to stop him from seeing anything which is unpleasant. Siddhartha saw four passing sights which were an old man leaning on a stick, he also saw a man effected by disease, a man who had died and was being cried for by his family, and a wandering holy man which was homeless, but still happy. All of this made Siddhartha upset, and he sought to find an answer to these tragedies and questions he had.
  • Siddhartha set to go find answers about life, death, and suffering. He started his search by learning from Hindu gurus that life was an endless cycle of rebirth from death, and that suffering was just apart of this cycle. The said that there was salvation from this cycle, but Siddhartha thought the way they went about was wrong, so Siddhartha lived with a group of ascetics which also ended up as not working out for him. The ascetics were outraged that he quit his self-denial, and they left him.
  • When his strength returned from being apart of the ascetics, he one day sat under a fig tree to meditate which would later be known as the Bodhi Tree. He promised himself that he would not
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