Before learning about the life of the Buddha, we must first understand who or what exactly a buddha is.
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One night Queen Maha Maya had a dream of a beautiful white elephant coming down into her womb, and this was interpreted as a sign that either the Buddha or a universal emperor was about to be born.
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The man, unable to walk, was crying out in agony as he was being carried away.
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As they placed the corpse into the flames, so many people were crying, and there was a profound sadness in the air.
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Underneath a Bodhi tree (pictured below), Siddhartha continued to practice meditation for six grueling years. These practices were so severe in nature that at times he was close to death from starvation. No human being had ever attempted them before.
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Then finally on December 8th at the age of 35, Siddhartha prevailed over his own inner demons. As the morning star rose in the sky that day, he attained the highest level of enlightenment and became the buddha. Later on, he became formally known as Sakyamuni Buddha.
"'Life is suffering. It is like a sea with ceaseless waves of suffering. But we were not born to suffer, nor is that why we live. Then why do we live? Can we not get through this life of tribulation in joy and gladness? There is a way. I have awakened to that truth. In the heavens and on earth, only one sacred mission is ours. Human beings can attain true happiness without fail. Life has a purpose, which when attained, fills us with joy that we were born. All people exist in order to enter this world of supreme bliss. No matter how painful your life is... you must endure to the end, until you are saved into that happiness.'"
Absolute happiness never fades even in the face of death. It is a true peace of mind and satisfaction that can be achieved by listening to Buddhism. Sakyamuni Buddha taught us exactly how to eliminate the root cause of our suffering for the remaining 45 years of his life.
On February 15, he finally passed into Nirvana at age 80.