One night Siddhartha wandered the palace alone. The riches that had once pleased him now seemed wreathless. When the Musicians and dancing girls had fallen in deep sleep, snoring and sputtering. Siddhartha started to reflect on the old age, disease, and death that would overtake them all and turn their bodies to dust. He realized that he could no longer be satisfied living the life of a prince. That night he left the palace, shaved his head, ...
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... old age, and death; separation from those we love; craving on things we cannot have; and hating which we cannot avoid. Siddhartha believed that all suffering is caused by desire and the effort to satisfy our desires. Therefore, Siddhartha believed suffering can be overcome by stopping to desire things. The way to end desire is by following the Eightfold Path. This path is a series of eight stages that leads to the end of desire. The Eightfold was about Wisdom and Discernment, Wise or Right Intention and Resolve, Wise or Right Speech, Wise or Right Action, Concentration and Meditation Wise or Right Effort, Wise or Right Mindfulness and Wise or Right It'. The main thing that the Buddha introduced to the spiritual practices of his day was the practice of Vipassana meditation (to see things as they really are and knowing yourself) in order to bring about enlightenment.
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