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    • The Buddha descended from Tusita Heaven after preaching Abhidhamma to his mother (Queen Maya)
    • Queen Maya’s dreamt of a white elephant entering her side and she became pregnant
        • The White Elephant was the Buddha-to-be resided as an ‘enlightened existence’ in one of the six deva-heavens
    • Not long after Queen Maya’s Dream, she conceived. Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini 623 B.C.
    • Siddhartha’s Birth took place on a Vesak Full Moon Day. The Baby began to walk 7 steps forward and at each step, a Lotus flower appeared.
    • “ I am the Chief in the world. There is no equal to Me. I am supreme. This is My last birth . No more Rebirth for Me.”
    • Asita at the Naming Ceremony in the Palace
    • The Ploughing Festival : Siddhartha meditating when he was 7 years old
    • Siddhartha Gautama, unlike his cousin, Devadatta, was full of loving-kindness and compassion.
    • At 16, Prince Siddhartha married Princess Yasodhara
    • An old man, a sick man, a dead man and a monk Age 29, Gautama goes on four trips out of the castle and sees four sights th a t change his worldview
    • Siddhartha leaves the wife and child
      • Siddhartha leaves the Palace with Channa and his horse .
    • The Great Renunciation
    • Prince Siddhartha cuts off his hair
    • For 6 long years Siddhartha practised Ascetism
      • Asceticism pleasure is bad
        • Extreme fasting
        • Holding one’s breath
        • Exposure to bodily pain
      • Gautama nearly starves himself to death without getting any closer to enlightenment
    • Mara’s Forces Invade The Mind Literal belief that Mara was a demon
      • psychological darkness within each of us to make our own worst fears real
      • 3 Lusty Daughters of Mara
        • Delight
        • Desire
        • Discontent
          • was neither attracted nor disgusted by these three things
          • they remained powerless over Gautama
      • Defeated Mara, Gautama enters deeply into an inward spiritual journey
    • Conquering The Evils Of Greed, Hatred and Delusion
    • Sujata offer food to the Bodhisattva
    • The Bodhisattva attained Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree – He was 35. The Bodhisattva attained Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree – He was 35. It was on Vesak Full Moon that the Bodhisattva Attained Supreme Enlightenment
    • Bodhi or Fig Tree
      • Revived from near-death by young girl, dedicates himself to meditation.
        • Mindfulness of breathing to purify oneself of defilements and as a way to nirvana
      • Lotus position under fig tree, vows not to leave until he found “complete and perfect fulfillment” (Brodd, 72).
    • Enlightenment
      • Gautama realized, after nearly dying, that asceticism is actually counter productive.
        • Self-hating practices that brought little spiritual benefit
        • One becomes stuck on self while the goal is to transcend one’s self.
      • Middle Way is a way of proceeding that exercises moderation between self-indulgence and self-mortification
      Middle Way
    • The Mucalinda Lake Where The Buddha Meditated in The Sixth Week After Enlightenment
    • Three Watches under the Fig Tree
      • First Watch – “Gautama perceived his own previous lifetimes…[his] continuous journey of suffering”
      • Second Watch – “acquired the divine eye, ability to perceive the deaths/rebirths of all living things”
      • Third Watch – Discovers Four Noble Truths
        • With this Gautama attained enlightenment – reached spiritual perfection and had thus won his salvation
        • Became the Awakened or Enlightened One
    • The Buddha Passed Away at Kushinagar at the age of 80
    • Vesak Day Celebration
    • Vesak Day Celebration