Buddhism - The EBook by Charles S. Prebish, Damien Keown

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The Buddha as a young prince was “living in denial,” as we might say today, and the four signs were experiences which challenged the cosy picture of the world he had constructed for himself. Eventually, when reality intruded forcefully in the form of the four signs, the tension became so strong that it provoked a kind of existential crisis which shattered his previous model of the world and launched him into a new and unfamiliar way of life. Experiences of this kind are familiar to everyone: although people no longer travel in chariots, the equivalent of the four signs can still be seen on almost any city journey in the form of hospitals, care homes, cemeteries, and churches, or unpleasant experiences like the sickness and death of family and friends which thrust themselves into our lives and overturn our comfortable equilibrium.

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The Buddha’s Life in a Nutshell The traditional accounts of the Buddha’s life give us few facts on which to construct a 51 The Buddha Contents | Chapter 2: �start | �end biogra­phy, but one widely-accepted chronol­ ogy of events would be as follows. He was born at a place called Lumbin� in Nepal, and at six­teen married Ya�odhar�, who bore him a son called R�hula (“Fetter”). Some sources say his son was born soon after the marriage, while others suggest his birth came much later at the age of twenty-nine shortly before Siddh�rtha renounced the world and became a wandering student seek­ing religious knowledge.

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