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
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
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).
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
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