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Buddha Essay

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Siddhartha Gautama was born and lived during the 563 and 483 BC. Gautama was born in the area that is known as the Indo-Nepalese region. Since he was a bodhisattva, a person who has lived many lives until his last one, Gautama was on the edge of attaining the last fruit to fulfill his enlightenment. The last life Gautama was going to live as the son of Sudhodana. Sudhodana was a King who ruled a small kingdom called Sakya, which is near present day Nepal. Lumbini was the village in which Gautama was born in that consisted in a warrior tribe called Sakyas. Because of Gautama being born in this village, he was given the title of Sakyamuni. Sakyamuni means sage of the Sakyas.It is believed that his mother, Queen Maya, had a dream of a White elephant that came down into her womb. When this dream happened it was interpreted that a great being was going to be born into the world. When it was time for Queen Maya to give birth, she gave birth in a garden and was astonished that the birth was very painless. After five days of Buddha being born, that was when Gautama received the name of Siddhartha.An old man by the name of Asita came to meet the newborn prince. Asita was an ascetic of high spiritual attainments. Asita was very happy to hear about this child birth. Asita decided to visit the King, having been a tutor for the king, to be able to see the baby. The king felt deeply honored that such an unexpected visit got Gautama to make him pay due reverence. While the Asita was sitting on his chair, Gautama rested his legs on his matted locks. This surprised everyone and the ascetic instantly rose from his seat and saluted Gautama with clasped hands. He had foreseen that Gautama would hold greatness in his future. Asita was so happy but was sad as well for he could not get teachings from the Great Buddha since his time of death was going to happen before Gautama could begin to teach. After only seven days of being born, his mother died and the role of his mother was taken by Queen Maya's sister who gave him lots of love and was highly devoted to him. When Gautama was twelve years old, the king called a council of wise Brahmans. They stated that if Gautama were to see sickness or death or even meet a hermit, that he would devote himself to become a spiritual leader instead of a powerful king. The king feared of him becoming a spiritual leader he surrounded the palace with thick walls and forbid the words such as death to be used around him.Yosodhara was led to be the 'most beautiful princess' to become the bride of Gautama. After he proved himself to have lots of strength and prowess, he wed Yasodhara at the age of 16. Siddhartha lived the life of pure luxury. Then one day he got curious in how the outside world looked like outside the palace. The King ordered everything to be perfect for the king. Nothing was to be seen sad or ugly. As Gautama traveled in the kingdom an old man went in front of him. He was awoken that having lived for so long age becomes...

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