Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

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  • Your son will either be a King or a religious leader.
  • He will become a King.
  • Get out of the street, the prince is coming!
  • Religion is the way!
  • Is this how people live!
  • Siddhartha was worn as a prince with two choices. A fortune teller told his father that Siddhartha would either become a powerful King or a religious leader. Siddhartha's father wanted him to become a King. Siddhartha's father tried to guide him to become a king.
  • We are the ascetics.
  • We practice self-denial.
  • Siddhartha's father raised Siddhartha in luxury. He wore only silk and an umbrella was always held over him so no weather could touch him.  If Siddhartha went on his chariot his guards would ride ahead and kick all the beggers, poor, and sick people out of the street. This went on even when the prince got married and had a child.
  • When Siddhartha was about 29 he rode out of his palace without guards. On the first ride he saw an old man leaning on a stick. On a second ride he saw a man shrunken with disease. On a third the prince came across a man who had died. On the last he saw a wandering holy man.
  • I am the enlightened one, Buddha, and this is my story.
  • Siddhartha set  out to find the truth. He became a beggar and only ate the food people put in his bowl. He began studying with Hindu gurus. Later he became an ascetic and practiced self-denial until he was so weak he fainted.  When he awoke he came to the realization that self-denial was not the path to the truth.
  • Siddhartha began his search again once his strength had returned. He sat under a fig tree and told himself that he would not leave until he found the truth.  He ignored temptation and meditated for 49 days. After those 49 days he reached enlightenment and became Buddha.
  • Buddha went back to his wife and child after he became Buddha. His family joined Buddhism.  Buddha traveled around India teaching Buddhism until he died.
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