Life and Journey of Gautama Buddha Essay

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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 …show more content…
Channa warned Siddhartha that the man was sick and anyone was capable of being infected. On the third visit, Siddhartha saw four men carrying another man on a stretcher. When asked about it, Channa told him that the man was dead and going to be cremated. He told Siddhartha that no one can escape death and everyone will have to die one day. The fourth sight was that of a monk. Channa explained that the monk had left his family to search for freedom from suffering. The prince was inspired by the monk and wanted to obtain the freedom that the monk had. Ever since seeing the fourth sight, Prince Siddhartha was determined to find such happiness and peace as the monk did. Without telling anyone, Siddhartha went quietly to see his son for the last time during the night before he left the castle to fulfill his wishes of becoming a monk. When seeing that his wife was sleeping with the baby beside her he said to himself, “…I must go, but when I have found what I am looking for, I shall come back and see him and his mother again.” (”Unit Two: Leaving the Palace”, buddhanet.com). Siddhartha left the palace at midnight on his horse with Channa to the bank of a river and dismounted the horse. He removed his expensive jewelry and clothes and gave them to Channa to return to his father. The prince
Stevens 3 then took his sword and cut his hair, put on monk-like robes and took a begging bowl and then set off on his
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