The religion called Buddhism is based on the teaching of the Buddha. The Buddha is a man who lived in the 5 th century. This man was Siddhartha Guatama. He was a prince who lived a very lavish life. At the age of 35 he experienced an “enlightenment”- he had figured out the end of human suffering. The story of his enlightenment if often told in the form of a legend. Today we are going to learn about the legend.
After he became “awakened” one he was afraid that no one would understand what he had experinced under the Bodhi tree. The gods begged him to teach to other what he had learned. So he left and taught his ways. Soon others joined them . individually
What do you think is the secret of
From his birth,
Siddhartha was a
Prince Siddhartha led a
life of pleasure inside his
Outside the palace, the
Prince discovered old
age, sickness, and death.
He learned what
Prince Siddhartha gave
up his wealth and
family to learn how to
live simply without
desire and without
After deep meditation,
began to speak as the
• 563 BCE- N. India
• Siddhartha Gautama becomes the Buddha
– Buddha means “The Enlightened One”
• Believed in reincarnation
• Denied the importance of the Caste System
– Anyone in any caste could reach Nirvana.
• Gained followers. Opposed by Brahmins.
• Understand the Four Noble Truths and the
Eight Fold Path is the key to reaching Nirvana.
Teachings of the Buddha
4 Noble Truths:
1. All people suffer and know
2. People suffer because their
desires bind them to the cycle
3. People could end their
suffering by eliminating their
4. One could eliminate desire by
following the Eightfold Path
1. Right Views: seeing life as it really is
2. Right Intentions: living a life of good will, striving
3. Right Speech: avoid lies and gossip
4. Right Action: trying to be law abiding and honest
5. Right Concentration: direct the mind in meditation
6. Right Living: avoid actions that harm others
7. Right Effort: seek to prevent evil
8. Right Mindfulness: constant awareness of one’s self
Create a biographical poem about the Buddha that follows this format.
Line 1: First and last name
Line 2: Four adjectives describing the
Line 3: Relative (son, father, husband) of . . .
Line 4: Resident of (city and/ or country) . . .
Line 5: Who lived from (year to year)
Line 6: Who searched for . . .
Line 7: Who taught . . .
Line 8: Who is remembered for . . .
Line 9: Final name meaning . . .