-Siddharthas parents were nobles
-Was born as a white elephant, conceived on a full moon while she was holding onto a tree, she felt no pain
-his father kept him isolated in the kingdom to keep him from all ad things, for example: death, emotion. This was to make him a king, in order to be a king he had to experience no pain other wise he would become a spiritual leader.
when he left the kingdom the father went out of his way to hide all of the beggers to make it seem as everything was perfect but siddhartha still saw some beggers he started on his journey. Then said to his father that he wronged him and that he wanted to understand why there was a suffering world and how he could help
-his first teacher taught him to mediate and attain a state of deep trance then he tried reducing food intake to just one grain of rice a day. Siddhartha concluded that the best lifestyle was one of moderation (the middle path)
-he becomes ill
siddhartha came to be known as the Buddha which means "the enlightened one" or "one who has awakened" this event is referred to as the "setting in motion the wheel of the dharma" his teachings spread quickly and after 5 years an order of monks and the sangha, was established"
siddhartha began to take food again and returned to meditation, he saw the death and rebirth of all types of beings as a consequence of their good and bad deeds, good deeds brought a better life in the next rebirth while bad deeds brought unpleasantness
don't live the live of extreme poverty or suffering, and you cant live the life of luxury, you have to find the middle path
when he was 80 years old the Buddha was in poor health the question came as whether or not he would have an successor he believed that each person should decide for himself or herself which teachings to follow based on a personal evaluation and that, ultimately each person is responsible for his or her own salvation