Prince Siddhartha Was Born Of King Suddhodana

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Prince Siddhartha was born of King Suddhodana, who ruled over a warrior tribe named the Sakyas, and a princess from a neighboring tribe. Her name was Maha Maya, and she was from the Koliya tribe. Both tribes were located in the north of India. Maha Maya had a dream one night that left her puzzled the next morning. In detail, she was carried up into the Himalayas, to a lake by four angels or Devas. They bathed her in the lake and clothed her. Subsequently, a white elephant with a lotus flower circled her three times and disappeared, ending the dream. The dream was then interpreted by some wise men to be the anticipated birth of either a great ruler or a great religious leader. Shortly after Siddhartha was born in c.623 BBC, Queen Maya passed away. Siddhartha was then raised by his maternal aunt, Prajapati Gotami. Growing up, Siddhartha was said to have excelled at all subjects and activities in school. King Suddhodana made sure to give his son only the nicest thing. From the best teachers to the nicest clothing, Siddhartha ended up finishing his schooling ahead of everyone else. Upon the wise men interpretation of the dream, the king wanted his son to be a great ruler. Throughout all of this, Siddhartha was heavily sheltered and was not allowed outside beyond the perimeters of his palace. At the age of sixteen, Siddhartha was wedded to a girl named Yasodhara. One day, Prince Siddhartha wandered around his father 's city. On his journey throughout, Siddhartha spotted a very old and sickly man. This made the prince contemplate life and unavoidable old age very much. On his second journey to the city, he saw a man wailing in pain and on the verge of death. This made Siddhartha think a lot about how sickness can happen at any time... ... middle of paper ... ...on is a Buddhist, a Christian, a Muslim, a Wiccan or an atheist. All beings are treated with respect. Buddhism is very open when it comes to the world at large. Buddhism stresses that others should never be harmed, directly or indirectly. So anything that does not hurt others or us is acceptable in Buddhism. Where other religions have restrictive rules that state that certain things are immoral or wrong, Buddhism has the Noble Eightfold Path. The rules of most other religions dictate what must be done or what must not be done. The eightfold path is a guide for living properly and maintaining good karma. It is not a book of absolute roles. The idea is to try your best to live by the path and each day strives to do better. Buddhism teaches that by following the Noble Eightfold Path, you can end suffering. If you do not follow the path, then your suffering will not end.

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