The Buddha Aim: To know what Buddhists believe about Buddha and understand why he is an important figure in Buddhism
The Life of the Buddha
Siddattha Gotama was an Indian Prince. He was born in Nepal. When he was born his father asked eight great men what Siddattha would become. They all said that if he saw suffering he would become a great religious man and if he didn’t he would be come a great ruler. His father ordered everyone who was sick or old to never come near the prince. He married a beautiful young lady and they had a child. He was very happy.
He soon became bored though.
He decided to go out of the castle and he saw an old man, a sick person, a group of weeping relatives attending a funeral and a holy man. The holy man had given up all his possessions and was very happy walking around searching for the answer to the problem of suffering.
That night he too became a holy man searching the land for the answer to suffering.
Happy Holy Man
His Holy Life
He spent six travelling around India searching for enlightenment. He starved himself, he worked with teachers and monks but he did not find it. He then went and sat under the BODHI tree which means tree of wisdom and it was there he gained enlightenment.
He then spent the rest of his life teaching others his knowledge. He taught people the right ways to live. He passed away when he was eighty and his body was cremated. His ashes were placed in special burial mounds called STUPAS. He then entered PARINIRVANA. This is the complete Nirvana at the end of a Buddha’s life.
Explain to Alan the Alien what the Buddha was like and why he is important in Buddhism.