[ ] To give you a taste of what I’m talking about, here’s the most famous single story in Buddhism. There are a dozen variations, but this covers the basics. See if it doesn’t leave you thinking:
The Buddha was born a wealthy prince. Upon his birth, a fortune-teller issued a prediction that the young prince would eventually renounce all his wealth, and become a monk. To prevent this, his father, the king, ordered that Siddartha be prevented from leaving the walls of the palace. For 29 years, the prince was permitted to see only wealth and beauty.
Finally, perhaps on an impulse – some say a mischievous god was involved – Prince Siddhartha escaped for the first time outside the palace walls. Almost at once, he saw four famous sights, which changed his life forever:
He encountered an old man, and learned that he would not remain forever young.
He saw a leper, and learned of the existence of suffering and disease.
He saw a corpse, and knew that one day he, too, would die.
He met a monk, and realized there were other paths to joy than the pleasure garden within the palace walls.
From that day forward, the Buddha became a monk, devoting himself solely to the search for enlightenment.
I told you this was a powerful story.
Opening your eyes to the world around you, and the emotions you carry within, stirs something in the human soul, which could change your life forever.