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  • Mothers Dream
  • I had a dream that I was carried high over the Himalayas to a sliver mountain and set on a silver couch.
  • Prince Born
  • Prince Siddhartha was born about 563 B.C.E. in the northern part of India, near the Himalayas. His father, Suddhodana, wThe queen gave birth to Prince Siddhartha in a garden. Stories say that after the prince's birth, a soft, warm rain of heavenly flowers fell on the baby and his mother. According to Buddhist tradition, the infant prince already looked a few years old and could walk and talk.as a powerful king. His mother was Queen Maya.
  • Prince Siddhartha's father wanted his son to be a great and powerful ruler. The king was worried about the predictions made by the Brahmins. If the prince saw the world's suffering, he might give up his royal duties to seek a spiritual path.The king decided to protect his son from all of the horrors of the world. He raised the prince in a world of perfect wealth and beauty.
  • Lives royalty
  • See 3 forms of suffering
  • On his first trip, the prince and his chariot driver saw a thin man who walked with the aid of a stick. “Why does that man look so terrible?” the prince asked. His driver replied that the man was old. He told the prince that everyone's body weakens as it ages. On the second trip, the prince and his driver saw a man lying on the ground and crying out in pain. “What is the matter with that poor man?” the prince asked. The driver explained that the man was sick. On the third trip, the prince saw a group of people walking slowly down the road. The group carried a figure wrapped in white cloth. “Death came for that man,” Siddhartha's driver said quietly. “One day, it will come for you, too.”
  • 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. He 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.
  • Becomes Ascetic
  • Becomes Buddha
  • A full moon rose on Siddhartha's 35th birthday. He bathed in the river and rested quietly in a grove of trees. When he awoke, he had a strong feeling that he would soon become enlightened. Then a grass cutter gave him eight handfuls of soft grass as a present.
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