This Storyboard is about the origins of The Buddha and how he started as a prince and became a religious figure.
I will protect you forever my son!
Get away! My son can't see you!!
Oh my gosh!?
The prince, Siddhartha Gautama was born around 563 B.C. His father ruled Nepal as king, wanting to guide his son to becoming king too. So, the went to a fortune teller and he told them that Siddhartha would either be a king or a religious leader.
I need food! :(
Prince Siddhartha grew up having the perfect childhood with wealth and luxury. His father (the king) protected him from sadness, death, the poor, and religious figures. Later, the prince got married and had a child. He had just about everything a person could ever want.
One day, Siddhartha rode into town out of the palace when he was about 29 without any guards and only his chariot driver. He saw many things on his journey such as an old man leaning on a stick, a man with a disease, and a dead man. Siddhartha was horrified and left the palace. But, he also saw a man who was calm and holy.
Are you God?
The once-protected prince searched for the truth about life, death, etc. He studied with Hindu gurus who taught him there was a path to salvation. He was not satisfied, so he joined the ascetics. He began a stage known as self-denial where he ate less, slept less, etc. Afterwards, he was so weak, that he fainted and when he awoke, he realized this was not the path to truth and he rejected their way.
Siddhartha renewed his search by sitting under a fig tree, the tree of knowledge. He meditated for 49 days there. He got a visit by Mara, the god of desire and death, and was attacked by him. He went back into meditation and saw his past lives, and finally understood the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. This is how he reached enlightenment.
Siddhartha, now known as The Buddha, was now free from the cycle of rebirth and suffering. After this, he chose to go out into the world and teach others what he had learned. He preached India and answered questions. Buddha's purpose was to awaken the world to the true nature of life. He was awake.