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Buddha’s Four Sights

I’ve always been interested in Buddhism and wanted to learn more about Buddha, who he was and what led him to his ultimate enlightenment. Is this spiritual path right for most of us or is it something that can only be attained by a select few. I don’t know if most of us have the fortitude or time to follow the path of the Buddha but we can still learn some things that will help our understanding of the nature of the world around us. Below is just a small history of the Buddha. As I come across more information I’ll post it to help us gain some more insight into the nature of becoming a Buddha. Buddha's Four Sights

Gautama Buddha lived in the 6th century B.C. and lived in Northern India.
He was born into an influential family as a prince. His given name was Siddhartha and his family name was Gautama. He was called Buddha because Buddha is translated as the “Enlightened One”. He was also called the “Blessed One”. He was a very gifted man in that he was able to see beyond the illusion of every day life and was willing to challenge the beliefs and truths that his family and friends accepted without thought.

As heir to the throne it was his drive to find the truth that ultimately led him away from the riches and follow his inner voice, which was leading him down the path to enlightenment. He felt trapped among all the luxury and amenities of a prince’s life. On one of his visits outside his palace he saw what was known as the “Four Sights”, an old man, a sick man, a dead man, and a holy recluse. Seeing this sight produced a profound realization in him. He realized we are all subject to old age and death. He felt this deep down and caused him to question life and our purpose for being here. He asked, “Where is the realm of life in which there is neither old age nor death?”

This started his first step in what has become known as the “Search for Truth” The sight of the holy recluse, who was calm and serene after giving up his material possessions and his desire for living the material life, prompted him to understand that his first step in his search for the ultimate truth was the path of renunciation. His epiphany was overwhelming. He realized that material possessions would not bring ultimate happiness.

Buddha

Determined to break the chains of these universal sufferings he decided to leave his palatial surroundings and the people he loved. At 29 years old he left his family and friends and rode off into the forest to understand truly the nature of existence and to find the ultimate, unchanging happiness.

This amazing beginning for an amazing person has been an inspiration for millions of people around the world. As I learn more about the Buddha I question whether I would be able to follow the same path of the Buddha. Is there other ways to become enlightened without having to give up everything? I will stay on my path of learning and being more introspective with regards to my daily activities. I use different tools but I accept that the ultimate goals will be the same. Good luck on your own journey.

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One Response

  1. Very nice summary of Buddha’s life. There is much truth to his teachings and I can attest that attachment is suffering. As soon as you let go of everything and just accept circumstances and people that come in and out of your life and stop trying to control them or change them, you achieve true happiness. Living in the moment, which is what meditation teaches you, is the answer to the quest for happiness.

    You can learn more about Buddhist Meditation and watch videos to learn first hand from persons that practice this type of meditation technique.

    All the best to you and yours,

    Sonia Gallagher

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