Our story starts in the region of Kapilavastu when a young man named Siddhartha (later called the Buddha) was born.
*Dreaming*If your son stays home home, he will be a great leader but if he leaves home he would be will be a great spiritual leader.
After he was born, his mother had a prophecy about him that would dictate his life. If he stayed home, he would be a great leader but if he left home he would be a great spiritual leader.
"I will not let him leave this home".
Later in his life, his father attempted to keep him at home to fulfill the prophecy. However when he was 29 Siddhartha went on the famous four journey’s and had a huge realization on what he could do for his life.
"I can't stay inside this house any longer. I wanna go out on an adventure".
At this point he was known as the Buddha. After he received Enlightenment he wanted to teach others what he had learned.
"Hello everyone, my name is the Buddha. Today I would like to tell you about my life experience".
He had made these 4 laws or statements about his teachings called the four noble truths. After the four noble truths were made, he developed the eightfold path. This path was the guide to behavior in Buddhism.
"This is my brand new book called the Four Noble Truths. This book will help you see yourself in a new life and have a brand new perspective on life".
Four Noble Truths
"This path sure looks intresting"
By following the eightfold path you could achieve nirvana or release from pain and suffering. This occurs after receiving enlightenment. He accepted reincarnation but rejected gods from the religion Hinduism and also the caste system.
"I think I need to follow the path for my own good".
"I think this Buddha is full of crap"
"This man is just trying to put false information into our heads.
Missionaries carried only a begging bowl to receive daily charity offerings from people, these seasonal retreats became permanent monasteries, some for men, others for women.
"Anything to give"
"Money or food please"
Traders and trade played a crucial role in spreading Buddhism after the Buddha’s death. They followed the silk roads (central asian trade routes)
"Attention all of you standing aroud me. Convert to the great religion of Buddhism. All are welcome and it will change your life".