The Buddha was once a young boy who was the son of a king, and was getting ready to reign after his father’s death. He lived a life of luxury without worry or want and didn’t know what it meant to really need something.
One day when the boy went to town, he saw a group of people gathered around one another. It was a mob of poor people mourning the loss of their family member. This made the Buddha think about how he got anything he wanted, but these people got very little and still cared very much.
Buddha fled from his home of luxury for a life of travel to see what life outside of royalty was really like. He fasted and became one with nature where he searched for the meaning of life.
Spread of Buddhism
The Buddha decided that a poor life was not great either, that to reach nirvana you should have a happy medium. For a great length of time, he sat meditating under a tree in order to reach perfect peace.
After many weeks meditating under the tree, Buddha found out the cause of suffering and worry in life, and that was want. We want things we cannot have, we have things we do not want, and we want to keep the things we have
After his enlightenment, the Buddha went around forming deciples of his religion, and they all spread Buddhism. It went around the majority of Indian, as well as China, and he became a monk so he could preach about his discoveries.