Flashcards in The Life Of The Buddha Deck (9):
What is the Buddha’s name?
What was Gotama’s life like at birth?
Prophecies were made saying Gotama would become and holy man and should give up his wealth.
What was Gotama’s life like growing up?
He had everything he wanted and was sheltered from bad inside the palace.
What happened when Gotama left the palace?
He experienced THE FOUR SIGHTS. These are:
The Holy Man.
He had never seen these things before. He he was upset because he knew that one day he would experience old age, death and sickness.
What did Gotama do after experiencing the four sights?
He decided to try a simple life as an ascetic. He starved himself with 5 Hindu masters. They taught him to meditate but Gotama found no answers.
How did Gotama eventually reach enlightenment?
Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and vowed to meditate until he achieved enlightenment.
A demon called Mars tried to stop him but he overcame the temptations.
What are the four stages to Gotama’s enlightenment?
1) He thought about his past lives.
2) He understood dependent arising.
3) He realised the causes of suffering.
4)He achieves nibanna - a complete sense of peace.
What did Gotama do after enlightenment?
He taught the ascetics he had been with.
He began teaching anyone. This shows that Buddhism is for everyone.