The Life of Buddha

The Life of Buddha
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  • At the age of 16, he married a woman named Yasodhara and together they had a baby boy.
  • Despite his luxurious life, Siddhartha left the palace for the first time at the age of 29. On his journey, he saw an old man, a sick man, a corpse, and an ascetic Hindu monk.
  • There is a path between self-mortification and indulgence.
  • These sights horrified and him and inspired him to leave his royal life and move into the forest to search for truth. Here, he joined five men who were also searching for the truth by practicing self-mortification.
  • He joined their practice of self-mortification. For 6 years he fasted in order to make his body suffer at an attempt to free his mind and find answers.
  • Eventually, he realized that he did not need to starve himself and invented the Middle Way which is the path between both extremes.
  • At the age of 35, he began meditating under a Bodhi tree until he achieved enlightenment. During this time he was tempted by Mara, an evil demon, but did not give in.
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