The Buddah's Path to Enlightenment

The Buddah's Path to Enlightenment

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  • Your son will become a religous leader or a great king.
  • He shall become a great king!
  • People grow old, catch sicknesses, become sad, and eventually die.
  • What is all of this pain and suffering?
  • Siddartha's life began as a prince. He was loved by his family. He was visited by a fortune teller saying he would become a religious leader or a great king. 
  • I can't believe I was lied to! Now I am here in the middle of the woods using self denial. 
  • Siddartha was raised in a life of luxury, as he grew up his father protected him from unpleasant things. This was so that he saw no suffering that would want to make him become a religious leader, so he had guards that moved all unpleasent things. 
  • When Siddartha was 29 he went outside of the palace without any guards. He saw four sights. He saw an old man leaning on a stick. He saw a man shrunken by disease. He saw a dead man on the street with the man's family in pain.
  • Feeling lied to, Siddartha left his home to find the truth. He followed the path of extreme self-denial which he realized was not the path to find the truth about life. He did not believe in the way of the Hindu's. 
  • As his strength returned, he began his search again. He sat under a tree known as the bodhi tree. Siddartha meditated for forty nine days. After being in deep thought for many days he reached enlightenment.
  • The Buddah's main purpose was to awaken the world to the true nature pf life. He did this by preaching around all of India. His final words were, "This is my last advice to you all... things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work had to gain your own salvation. 
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