He was born a prince in circa 563 B.C.E. in the
foothills of the Himalayas.
He was a member of the Sakyas clan where is
father, Suddhodana, was king and mother,
Maya, was Queen.
When he was born, it is said that he left his
mother giving her no pain from labor
Astrologers Prophesized that he would become
either a universal monarch or a monk who
would be a great religious leader.
When they heard this, his parents were
concerned, so they raised him with many
luxuries in the hope he would not want to leave
them behind. He was also raised as a Hindu.
When he was 16, he married Yasodhara. They
conceived a son, Rahula, when he was 29.
Shortly after his birth, Siddhartha left and took
four journeys by chariot. **Some also say he
had four visions.)
In these four visions or journeys, he was deeply
disturbed by sights of helplessness, sickness,
death, and sorrow. With this, he left his wife,
child, luxuries, and the heir to the throne of his
He first tried to meditate to seek truth, but he
found that didn’t work because suffering
continued when he regained consciousness. He
then followed Brahmanism where he fasted
severely for 6 years (almost dying). He left
convinced that a better path to reach Nirvana,
state of liberation and freedom from suffering,
was to follow the “Middle Path
In 535 B.C.E. he was seated under a large Bodhi
Tree and he began to see several visions of his
previous reincarnations, how good/bad deeds
performed in your current lifetimes effect
events into their next life, and also learned he
had overcome craving, desire, etc.
HE HAD ACHIEVED ENLIGHTENMENT!!!