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This marked the beginning of the Buddhist community.
For the next forty-five years, the Buddha and his disciples went from place to place in India spreading the Dharma, his teachings.
Soon Siddhartha became disillusioned with the palace life and wanted to see the outside world.
He made four trips outside the palace and saw four things that changed his life.
He wore ragged robes and wandered from place to place.
In his search for truth, he studied with the wisest teachers of his day.
When the king heard this, he was deeply disturbed, for he wanted his son to become a mighty ruler.
One by one, Gautama met the armies and defeated them with his virtue.
His father was King Suddhodana and his mother was Queen Maya.
Soon after Prince Siddhartha was born, the wise men predicted that he would become a Buddha.
It began around 2,500 years ago in India when Siddhartha Gautama discovered how to bring happiness into the world.
He was born around 566 BC, in the small kingdom of Kapilavastu.