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  • yes I did. I was dreaming that I was carried high over the Himalayas to a silver mountain and set on a silver couch
  • Did you have a dream?
  • Because he will become a Buddha, one who is enlightened.
  • Why is you baby so important?
  • 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. He provided Siddhartha with only the finest gardens, houses, education, and food. Servants took care of the prince's every need, from washing his clothes to playing music for his amusement. At the age of 16, Prince Siddhartha married a beautiful young noblewoman. The wedding feast lasted seven days and seven nights. For 12 years, the couple lived together in perfect peace, enjoying the prince's many palaces. When Siddhartha turned 29, they had a son.
  • The prince discovered three 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. On the second trip, the prince and his driver saw a man lying on the ground and crying out in pain. On the third trip, the prince saw a group of people walking slowly down the road. The prince was deeply troubled by his discovery of aging, sickness, and death.
  • 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.
  • 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. Siddhartha walked until he reached a tree that would become known as the Bodhi (BOH-dee), or Enlightenment, tree. He placed the grass at the foot of the tree and sat down. He vowed to meditate under the tree until he reached enlightenment.
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