Life and Journey of Gautama Buddha

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Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini, Nepal during the 4th to 6th century B.C. He was born to the King Sakya Sudhodana, who ruled at Kapilavastu in Ancient India, and Queen Maya. After seven days of giving birth to Siddhartha his mother died however, a holy man was to have said that one of two great things would come of the newborn; he would grow up to become a great king or military leader or he would be a great spiritual leader. After the passing of his mother, Buddha grew up in a rich household and lived an extravagant life. According to their beliefs, he married at the age of sixteen to a girl named Yasodhara, which they had a child together. During this time, his father had ordered that he were to live a life of isolation in order to stop his son from seeing the sufferings of the world. Disregarding his father’s wishes, the Buddha found that with experience and knowledge, peace and enlightenment filled the suffering and spiritual emptiness that many felt during his time and is now one of the greatest teachers of peace and patience. All through his late twenties, the prince had little knowledge of the outside world. King Suddhodana paid close attention to his son and made sure to meet his every need so he would never have the urge to go outside of the castle walls. However, his son felt pain with the Stevens 2 pleasures given to him in the palace. Ever since young, Gautama was detached and thoughtful. He was very worried about the problems of humanity. Finally, the king allowed Siddhartha to go on short visits throughout the towns. With his attendant by his side, Chaana, Siddhartha saw the four sights that would change his life. On his first visit he saw a white haired, old man dressed with rags. This surprised and ... ... middle of paper ... ...htened. The Buddha passed away in 543 B.C. and to this day, many are continuing practicing his teachings of compassion through his name. Works Cited "BuddhaNet - Worldwide Buddhist Information and Education Network." BuddhaNet - Worldwide Buddhist Information and Education Network. Buddha Dharma Education Association Incorporated, 1 Jan. 2008. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. . Brown, Kathryn Selig. "Life of the Buddha". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/buda/hd_buda.htm (October 2003) Boeree , George . "My Webspace files." My Webspace files. Shippensburg University, 1 Jan. 1999. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. . Lama, Dalai. The world of Tibetan Buddhism: an overview of its philosophy and practice. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995. Print.
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