Maya gave birth to Siddhartha Guatama in the garden of Lumbini
The child was raised in the lap of luxury
The gods arranged for Siddhartha to see "four sights" that his father tried to hide from him: a bent old man, a sick person, a dead person, and a mendicant seeking lasting happiness rather than temporal pleasure
Siddhartha renounced his wealth, left his wife and newborn son, shaved his head, and donned the coarse rob of a wandering ascetic
He headed southwest to study with a brahmin teacher who had many followers, and then with another who helped him reach an even high er mental state
Unsatisfied and still searching, Siddhartha underwent six years of extreme self-denial techniques: nakedness, exposure to great heat and cold, breath retention, a bed of brambles, and severe fasting.