The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

The Buddha's Path to Enlightenment
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  • You shall be a king. 
  • Siddhartha was born a prince of Nepal in 563 B.C. One day his father meet with a fortune teller and said that Siddhartha would become a King or a religious leader. Of course, his father wanted him to be a king.
  • He was born into a life of luxury and never experienced pain or sadness. Siddhartha soon married and had  a son of his own. It seemed that he had everything anyone could have wanted.   
  • Siddhartha rode out of the palace without his guards and saw 4 passing sights. The 1st was an old man leaning on a stick. The 2nd sight was an old man shrunken by disease. The 3rd sight was a man who had died; his family in pain. The 4th sight was a homeless, holy man.   
  • I am Bodhha
  • The once protected prince went to search for the truth about life, suffering, and death. He lived off food that strangers gave him. Hindus taught Siddhartha Hinduism, but he didn't like it. He soon joined a band of ascetics. 
  • Siddhartha sat for a day meditating, wore scratchy cloths, and he ceased bathing for long periods of time. He ate less and less each day; he was living on "one grain of rice" and "one jujube fruit". Siddhartha lost a lot of weight. He became weak and fainted. He realized this was not the path of truth for him after five years.  
  • Siddhartha sat under a fig tree to meditate, later this tree would be known as the Bodhi Tree.  He meditated for 49 days! Legends say he was visited by Mara, the god 
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