Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha
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This is the story of Prince Siddhartha and how he became Buddha, the Awakened One. Lyrical verse and beautiful full-color illustrations depict each major life event in Siddhartha's development. His message of nonviolence, loving-kindness, and unselfishness is vitally necessary for today's--and tomorrow's--children. A story made for the telling--open this tale to a child and shore up the possibility of a bright and loving future!
Days When Buddha was eighty years old he thought to himself, “I have done all I could to help others. I have taught them how to live with love and how not to fear anything in life. Now it is time to show them how to leave this world without fear.” So he called the faithful Ananda to him and said, “Ananda, it is time for us to return to Kapilavastu for the last time. I wish to die in the city where I grew up.” Ananda was grief stricken. “O Buddha,” he cried, “please do not leave us! For so
true purpose of his life. A Song of Beauty One evening after dinner, Prince Siddhartha lay reclining on his couch, his head resting in Yashodhara’s lap. The musicians were playing sweet melodies and the servant girls were whispering and laughing quietly to each other. The evening was like so many the Prince had known since moving into the pleasure palaces. But this night he felt restless. Turning to one of his favorite singers, he requested, “Please lull us to sleep with a song. And choose
where they will burn his body.” The Prince was confused. “What do you mean by ‘dead’? And if they burn his body, will it not hurt him? Please, Channa, explain what you mean so I can understand.” And so Channa explained, telling the Prince the truths his father had tried to hide from him all these years. “That man was once alive, as you and I are now. He was born, grew into a child, then he became a young man. He experienced the many pleasures and pains of life, raised a family, worked for a
the small and changeable pleasures of this world. I must find something that will bring me lasting peace and happiness. But how can I be content to free only myself from suffering? I must figure out a way to help all other living creatures as well. They have been so kind to me, and they are suffering so much! I must search for a way to end all this suffering and then share it with everyone else.” When Prince Siddhartha had finished this compassionate meditation he opened his eyes. Standing
very special night.” As the three of them approached the heavy gates at the edge of the gardens, the doors suddenly opened by themselves. Silently they rode out into the night. When they reached the edge of the city, the Prince looked back and vowed to himself, “Until I learn how to conquer all sufferings, I shall not return to this fair city of Kapilavastu!” They rode all night. Just as the morning sun was about to rise they reached a quiet forest where many holy people lived. The Prince was