The Legend of Buddha

The Legend of Buddha

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  • His Life Before the Call
  • The Call
  • The Threshold and Threshold Guardians
  • Buddha's father wanted Buddha to be a great ruler so he tried to shield Buddha from all pain and suffering by providing him with everything he could want.
  • Helpers/Mentor and the Abyss
  • Buddha decided to go out of the castle and visit the town.  His father made people clear the streets to hide all the pain and suffering but all four times Buddha went out something got through and Buddha saw the conditions people were living in.  He was called to escape the castle and help all the people.
  • Helpers/Mentor, Revelation, Challenges, and Transformation
  • Buddha's father feared he would try to escape so he doubled the number of guards.  Buddha still did not give up and attempted his escape on the 25th night.  He got the gatekeeper to bridle his great white horse and they escaped together.  They switched clothes with each other and began their new lives.
  • Atonement and the Return
  • One day Buddha reached his abyss and was about the starve to death when a village girl approached him.  She gave him a bowl of rice which provided him with the strength to go to the sacred fig tree and reach enlightenment.
  • After Buddha reached the tree, he had to stay in the same spot until he reached enlightenment.  Mara, the Evil One, god of death desire and illusion knew that if Buddha reached enlightenment he would lose his power.  Mara attack Buddha with fear, temptation, and challenged his right to be at the sacred tree, but Buddha wasn't persuaded to move.  Once he obtained enlightenment a storm raged on for 7 days and Buddha was sheltered by the King of Serpents.
  • Buddha returned from enlightenment to preach to all the people.  His very first sermon was at Benares, Deer Park.  Then he went on to preach for 44 years. He taught people to avoid the extremes and take the middle path.  
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