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path to enlightenment

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  • Your child shall either be a great King, or a religious leader
  • Then I must make sure he is a king
  • Do you like seeing all of these nice young people in the kingdom?
  • Yes!
  • That man is dead. It will happen to everyone eventually
  • What happened to that man?
  • Sidd was born in Nepal around 563 BC.  His father was the King, which made him a prince.  A fortune teller predicted two paths for Sidd's life.  Either he could become a great king, or he would become a religious and spiritual leader. 
  • If only I had food.
  • Sidd was raised as a prince and never saw anything unpleasant.  When he left the palace, guards would travel ahead of him to ensure there were no beggars, old, or sad people for him to see.
  • I must sit here until I find the truth.
  • One day, Sidd left the palace unaccompanied.  First he saw an old man leaning over a stick.  During the next ride, he saw a man shrunken by disease.  Next he saw a dead person surrounded by mourners.  Finally, at the fourth site was a holy man.  His driver told him about suffering, and how eventually everyone dies.  Sidd realized he had been lied to his entire life, and had to find the truth.  He ran away from the palace and traded his rich cloths for a simple yellow robe.
  • Come learn about Buddhism! 
  • Sidd went to the woods and lived only on the food placed in his begging bowl. He slept in caves or under trees. Then he decided to study with the gurus.  They told him about the cycle of life, but he was not satisfied with this answer.  Next he tried living with the ascetics and practiced self-denial, depriving him of all comforts.  He found that this made it hard for him to think and clear his mind, so he graciously accepted food from a passer-by, which resulted in  the ascetics abandoning him.
  • When Sidd's strength returned, he went to meditate under a tree, later named the Bodhi tree.  He meditated for 49 days straight, letting nothing stop him.  He said no matter what, I will meditate under this tree until the truth has been realized.  After meditating for a long time, he finally achieved enlightenment.  
  • Buddha had escaped the cycle of life, but he did not celebrate his achievement. He instead decided to teach the world what he had learned. He traveled across India teaching other how to reach enlightenment. Eventually, Buddhism reached to other regions, including China.
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