THE LIFE OFSIDDHARTHA  GAUTAMA
SIDDHARTHA       Gautama• 566-486 BCE (6th –5th  Centuries BCE)• BORN KSHATRIYA &  HEIR TO MINOR  KINGDOM IN NEPAL• FAMILY...
THE OMENS• HIS MOTHER DREAMED A WHITE  ELEPHANT ENTERED HER WOMB• BORN FULLY CONSCIOUS & WALKED  IMMEDIATELY• AT 7 HE MEDI...
HIS AWAKENING• SIDDHARTHA  DISOBEYED HIS  FATHER & LEFT THE  PALACE• HE SAW:       *OLD AGE       * ILLNESS       * DEATH
• A “Hedonistic” Life• SIDDHARTHA  RENOUNCED HIS  WIFE, CHILD AND  RESPONSIBILITIES• SET OUT TO SEEK THE  WAY TO  ENLIGHTE...
Buddha “Mudras”
TEMPTATION• SIDDHARTHA ANNOUNCED  HIS INTENTION TO  ACHIEVE ENLIGHTENMENT• MARA, THE DEMON-KING,  CAME TO TEMPT HIM:   – C...
ACHIEVING    ENLIGHTENMENT• BELIEVE IN THE 4 NOBLE  TRUTHS• FOLLOW THE  EIGHTFOLD PATH• ADHERE TO THE  “MIDDLE WAY”• Ultim...
BUDDHIST BELIEFSDIFFERENT FROM HINDUISM• THERE ARE NO GODS• SOCIAL EQUALITY
AFTER DEATH…• CYCLE OF REBIRTH KNOWN AS SAMSARA…   – ONE CAN BE REBORN IN 1 OF 6 REALMS     KNOWN AS THANGKAS: THE HELLS, ...
What is “ego”?
“Selflessness”
Everything is     “Impermanent” Nothing Lasts Forever• Non-Attachment –  Don’t be attached to  good deeds or the idea  of ...
• http://essenes.net/asokap.jpg
What is “ego”?
Everything is     “Impermanent” Nothing Lasts Forever• Non-Attachment –  Don’t be attached to  good deeds or the idea  of ...
Buddha & the Four Disciples                    • Famous Event                      – His 1st                      Sermon  ...
Dharma Wheel              The Wheel of Buddhist Law              • Symbolizes cycle of birth &                rebirth     ...
Buddhist Symbols & Meanings    • Pink Lotus – the supreme Lotus      reserved for “the Buddha”       • Symbol of Purity an...
Buddha Markings                         • Perfectly                           proportioned                         • 32 Ma...
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
2012 buddha biography
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2012 buddha biography

  1. 1. THE LIFE OFSIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA
  2. 2. SIDDHARTHA Gautama• 566-486 BCE (6th –5th Centuries BCE)• BORN KSHATRIYA & HEIR TO MINOR KINGDOM IN NEPAL• FAMILY WAS HINDU
  3. 3. THE OMENS• HIS MOTHER DREAMED A WHITE ELEPHANT ENTERED HER WOMB• BORN FULLY CONSCIOUS & WALKED IMMEDIATELY• AT 7 HE MEDITATED FOR THE 1ST TIME
  4. 4. HIS AWAKENING• SIDDHARTHA DISOBEYED HIS FATHER & LEFT THE PALACE• HE SAW: *OLD AGE * ILLNESS * DEATH
  5. 5. • A “Hedonistic” Life• SIDDHARTHA RENOUNCED HIS WIFE, CHILD AND RESPONSIBILITIES• SET OUT TO SEEK THE WAY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
  6. 6. Buddha “Mudras”
  7. 7. TEMPTATION• SIDDHARTHA ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO ACHIEVE ENLIGHTENMENT• MARA, THE DEMON-KING, CAME TO TEMPT HIM: – COMFORT – DESIRE – FEAR• SIDDHARTA RESISTS TEMPTATION• REACHES NIRVANA & ENLIGHTENMENT
  8. 8. ACHIEVING ENLIGHTENMENT• BELIEVE IN THE 4 NOBLE TRUTHS• FOLLOW THE EIGHTFOLD PATH• ADHERE TO THE “MIDDLE WAY”• Ultimate objective: achieve enlightenment (NIRVANA) and/or liberation from Samsara (continual rebirth)
  9. 9. BUDDHIST BELIEFSDIFFERENT FROM HINDUISM• THERE ARE NO GODS• SOCIAL EQUALITY
  10. 10. AFTER DEATH…• CYCLE OF REBIRTH KNOWN AS SAMSARA… – ONE CAN BE REBORN IN 1 OF 6 REALMS KNOWN AS THANGKAS: THE HELLS, WORLD OF HUNGRY GHOSTS, ANIMAL WORLD, HUMAN WORLD, WORLD OF JEALOUS GODS AND HEAVENS
  11. 11. What is “ego”?
  12. 12. “Selflessness”
  13. 13. Everything is “Impermanent” Nothing Lasts Forever• Non-Attachment – Don’t be attached to good deeds or the idea of doing good, this is a form of craving (desire).
  14. 14. • http://essenes.net/asokap.jpg
  15. 15. What is “ego”?
  16. 16. Everything is “Impermanent” Nothing Lasts Forever• Non-Attachment – Don’t be attached to good deeds or the idea of doing good, this is a form of craving (desire).
  17. 17. Buddha & the Four Disciples • Famous Event – His 1st Sermon • Taught 4 Noble Truths to Ascetics at Deer Park in Sarnath
  18. 18. Dharma Wheel The Wheel of Buddhist Law • Symbolizes cycle of birth & rebirth • In Buddhism “Dharma” means: (a) the teachings of the Buddha and (b) the natural law • Karma – doctrine of cause & effect • “Rebirth” or Reincarnation• Impermanence – things are in constant change and don’t last forever.• Nirvana – absolute highest goal. One has reached absolute extinction of desire and suffering
  19. 19. Buddhist Symbols & Meanings • Pink Lotus – the supreme Lotus reserved for “the Buddha” • Symbol of Purity and Divine Birth • White Lotus – symbolizes the state of mental purity and spiritual perfection the Buddha attained beneath the Bodhi/Bo Tree. • Prayer Wheel • Used in Tibetan Buddhism Only
  20. 20. Buddha Markings • Perfectly proportioned • 32 Major Charactreristics • Eye of Wisdom • Top knot on head = symbol of greatest enlightenment• ONCE SIDDHARTA REACHED ENLIGHTENMENT BECAME KNOWN AS – BUDDHA OR ‘ENLIGHTENED ONE’

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