The Buddha's path to enlightenment

The Buddha's path to enlightenment

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  • I want you to be a king
  • My family is dying.
  • Ounce upon a time, a prince was born in Nepal in 563 B.C. Siddhartha Gautama. Also known as the Buddha, his father told met a fortune teller and told Siddhartha he will be a king or a religious leader. No doubt that Siddhartha's father wanted the Buddha to be a king.
  • Can we please have some food?
  • Siddhartha was born living a life of luxury without experiencing pain or sadness. Siddhartha's father protected him from anything that was unpleasant. As the prince was going out of the palace without, he never experienced anyone poor,sad,sick, or people begging on the streets.
  • As Siddhartha rode out, when he was 29 ,he went without any guards,as he was going out of the palace. He came upon the four passing sights. He saw an old man with a stick,but he had shrunken by disease. The Buddha saw a man that had died. The man's family stood by and was crying and Prince Siddhartha was shocked, he never such suffering and sadness before. His servant explained people grow old, get sick, and die. Siddhartha thought about what he had seen and faced these hardships. Later, he went into the forest and cut his hair, traded his rich clothes for a simple yellow robe of a religious seeker.
  • The protected prince searched for the truth of life, suffering, and demise. Siddhartha had and ate food that strangers begged to have. When it was dark, he slept in a shelter of a tree. He began his search by studying with the gurus. They taught him that life is a endless cycle of birth,death, and rebirth. They gurus also taught Siddhartha there was a path to salvation. But this did not satisfy the Buddha.
  • The next step was for the Buddha was to join religious Ascetics. Since Siddhartha joined the Ascetics. He was living as an ascetics meaning he was denying himself from all physical comforts.He ceased his bathing and stayed in one position for days meditating.
  • One day he sat under fig tree called the Tree of Knowledge to meditate. He sat there for 49 days. Legends say he was visited by Mara, the god of desire and death. Mara tried to tempt Siddhartha to give up his search by offering desirable things. After he declined the offer, Mara attacked Siddhartha with rain and shower of rocks. He meditated and saw past lives. He saw past lives, and understood the cycle of birth, rebirth, and death. He had achieved enlightenment and became known as the Buddha. He had freed himself from the cycle of rebirth and suffering.He enjoyed his own liberation and decided to teach others what he learned. The Buddha's purpose of life was to awaken the world the true nature of life.
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