According to Buddhist tradition, before her son was born, the queen had a dream in which she was carried high over the Himalayas to a silver mountain and set on a silver couch. A white elephant with six tusks walked around her and then struck her in the right side. According to Buddhist tradition, the infant prince already looked a few years old and could walk and talk.
Prince Siddhartha's father wanted his son to be a great and powerful ruler. The king was worried about the Brahmins Predictions. If the prince saw the world's suffering, he might ignore his royal duties to seek a spiritual path.The prince enjoyed his life filled with lavish pleasures, yet always felt curious about the world outside the palace walls.
When Siddhartha was 29, the king gave him more freedom to travel outside the royal palaces.
On his first trip, the prince and his chariot driver saw a thin man walking with the aid of a stick. “Why does that man look so terrible?” the prince asked. His driver replied that the man was old, and that everyone's body weakens with age.
One night, the prince asked his driver to take him to the forest. At the edge of the dark woods, Siddhartha removed his royal robes, sandals, and jewels. He cut off his hair with a knife, put on a simple robe, and carried only a small bowl for alms, or gifts of food.Wishing his driver farewell, Siddhartha began his life as an ascetic.
. To end suffering, he taught, people should travel the Eightfold Path. This path follows the “middle way.”