The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

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  • My king...your son will either become a mighty king or a religious leader.
  • What? Where? I don't see anything. Maybe we should head back.
  • *sees suffering people*
  • Hey, what's over there?
  • There is no easy way to put this...we have lost him.
  • Buddha, born as Siddhartha Gautama in 563 B.C., was a prince in modern-day Nepal. Sid had two paths in life; becoming a king or a religious leader. Sid's father, the king, evidently pushed Sid towards becoming the king.
  • Sorry guys, this isn't for me.
  • Sid grew up living his best life imaginable. Sid's father protected him from  anything that could be  interpreted as harmful. He would send soldiers out to protect Sid.This kept Sid from interacting with a lot of his  sad, poor subjects.
  • Birth, death, rebirth...IT ALL MAKES SENSE!
  • When Sid was around the age of 29, he went outside by himself for the first time. He saw sadness and despair, people who weren't as fortunate as him. Everything he ever knew  turned out to be false. This was the one time that Sid felt like he did something wrong.
  • Hello everyone! Over my journey I have discovered the meaning of the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth...
  • Sid realized that people were suffering and in poverty, so he tried to fix this, At first, he studies with the Hindu gurus, but realizes that it's not for him. Then, he joined the ascetics, who are people who deny themselves of all physical comforts. Sid realized that this is not the path that he wanted to take either.
  • Sid found a tree and meditated under it for 49 days. The Buddha finally understands the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. He realized that he can put a stop to this suffering, so he does that.
  • The Buddha goes all around India and teaches the people what he has learned over the years.  He does this for  49 years and he becomes well known. This is the story of how the Buddha came to be.
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