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Life of Buddha


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Life of Buddha

  2. 2. The Buddha descended from Tusita Heaven after preaching Abhidhamma to his mother (Queen Maya)
  3. 3. Queen Maya’s dreamt of a white elephant entering her side and she became pregnant <ul><ul><li>The White Elephant was the Buddha-to-be resided as an ‘enlightened existence’ in one of the six deva-heavens </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Not long after Queen Maya’s Dream, she conceived. Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini 623 B.C.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. “ 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.”
  7. 7. Asita at the Naming Ceremony in the Palace
  8. 8. The Ploughing Festival : Siddhartha meditating when he was 7 years old
  9. 9. Siddhartha Gautama, unlike his cousin, Devadatta, was full of loving-kindness and compassion.
  10. 10. At 16, Prince Siddhartha married Princess Yasodhara
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Siddhartha leaves the wife and child
  13. 13. <ul><li>Siddhartha leaves the Palace with Channa and his horse . </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Great Renunciation
  15. 15. Prince Siddhartha cuts off his hair
  16. 16. For 6 long years Siddhartha practised Ascetism <ul><li>Asceticism pleasure is bad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extreme fasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holding one’s breath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure to bodily pain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gautama nearly starves himself to death without getting any closer to enlightenment </li></ul>
  17. 17. Mara’s Forces Invade The Mind Literal belief that Mara was a demon <ul><li>psychological darkness within each of us to make our own worst fears real </li></ul><ul><li>3 Lusty Daughters of Mara </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discontent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>was neither attracted nor disgusted by these three things </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>they remained powerless over Gautama </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Defeated Mara, Gautama enters deeply into an inward spiritual journey </li></ul>
  18. 18. Conquering The Evils Of Greed, Hatred and Delusion
  19. 19. Sujata offer food to the Bodhisattva
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Bodhi or Fig Tree <ul><li>Revived from near-death by young girl, dedicates himself to meditation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mindfulness of breathing to purify oneself of defilements and as a way to nirvana </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lotus position under fig tree, vows not to leave until he found “complete and perfect fulfillment” (Brodd, 72). </li></ul>
  22. 22. Enlightenment <ul><li>Gautama realized, after nearly dying, that asceticism is actually counter productive. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-hating practices that brought little spiritual benefit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One becomes stuck on self while the goal is to transcend one’s self. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Middle Way is a way of proceeding that exercises moderation between self-indulgence and self-mortification </li></ul>Middle Way
  23. 24. The Mucalinda Lake Where The Buddha Meditated in The Sixth Week After Enlightenment
  24. 25. Three Watches under the Fig Tree <ul><li>First Watch – “Gautama perceived his own previous lifetimes…[his] continuous journey of suffering” </li></ul><ul><li>Second Watch – “acquired the divine eye, ability to perceive the deaths/rebirths of all living things” </li></ul><ul><li>Third Watch – Discovers Four Noble Truths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With this Gautama attained enlightenment – reached spiritual perfection and had thus won his salvation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Became the Awakened or Enlightened One </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. The Buddha Passed Away at Kushinagar at the age of 80
  26. 30. Vesak Day Celebration
  27. 31. Vesak Day Celebration