By: Whitney Stewart and Sally Rippin
Prince Siddhartha was raised in luxury and educated to become the next ruler. But one day the young price looked beyond his royal palace. He witnessed sicknessm misery, and death, and he vowed to overcome these afflictions. Siddhartha gave up wealth and family life and put on the simple robes of a wanderer. Years passed, filled with struggle and many false starts. One day, while resting under a bodhi tree, Siddhartha experienced a moment of supreme enlightenment. He understood the suffering vanishes when people become free of desire, and that meditation is the first step on the path to inner peace. Siddhartha thus became a Buddha, an enlightened one, and spent his remaining years teaching others what he had learned.
Becoming Buddha is a captivating introduction to the roots of Buddhism as it tells the inspiring story of Siddhartha Gautama's quest for enlightenment. Striking illustrations animate the characters and add immediacy to this timeless tale. Readers young and old will enjoy the drama of Sidhartha's journey and easily grasp the simple truths he discovered.