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Inspired by the thought that he too could embark on a spiritual quest he decided to leave the palace that very night. Taking a last look at his sleeping wife and son he turned his back on family life forever and left to become a homeless wanderer. The Buddha rode out on his white horse, Kanthaka, with his charioteer, Channa, holding onto the tail. In order that its hooves should make no sound which might alert the palace guards, the gods—so the later sources inform us—bore both the horse and rider aloft in the air.

Siddhārtha declined, since he felt that he still had not achieved the goal he sought. Taking leave of Ārāḍa, Siddhārtha turned to a second teacher of yoga by the name of Udraka Rāmaputra, and once again excelled as a student. ” In this state consciousness becomes so subtle that the mind of the meditator no longer registers even the idea of nothingness. Udraka was so impressed that he offered to exchange places with his student and make Siddhārtha his master, but Siddhartha turned down this offer for the same reasons as before.

1st English ed. Tokyo: Kosei Publishing Company, 1997. Sankaranarayan, Kalpakam, Kazunobo Matsudu, and Motohiro Yoritomi, Lokaprajñapti: a Critical Exposition of Buddhist Cosmology. Mumbai: Somaiya Publications, 2002. Sunthorn, Na-Rangsi. The Buddhist Concepts of Karma and Rebirth. Bangkok: Mahamakut Rajavidyalaya Press, 1976. ” While the personality of the founders dominates both religions, relatively little is known about their lives. The earliest sources give us snapshots of the Buddha throughout his career: as child prodigy, family man, student of yoga, philosopher, teacher, and miracleworker, but there is no biographical narrative that links all of these phases together.

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