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The Journey of Prince Siddhartha

Prince Siddhartha was born 2,600 years ago in an ancient India city known as Kapilavastu. At birth, a seer prophesied that Siddhartha would either be a skilled leader like his father or a great spiritual teacher. Upon hearing this, King Suddhodana did everything in his power to ensure the kingship of his son.

Siddhartha soon grew to be a fine young man within the confines of the palace walls, oblivious to the reality of pain and suffering in the real world. But one day, as Siddhartha was exploring the kingdom, he witnessed old age, sickness and death. Seeing these made him renounce his royal status to find the root cause and the end of suffering.

For six years, he practiced austere meditation in the forest until he realized that extreme practices will not provide him the answers to all his questions. He decided to sit and meditate under a bodhi tree where he stayed until he achieved enlightenment and became the Buddha.

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Buddha Reaching Enlightment
Prince Siddhartha


Story of the Buddha

Venerable Master Hsing Yun
The Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha
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The Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha

Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Drawn from ancient textual sources, the Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha is an intimate and imaginative retelling of the life of the founder of Buddhism. From the Buddha's youth, to his renunciation, to the decades he spent teaching, the Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha depicts the Buddha's hardships, triumphs, and boundless compassion.

First published in 1955 in Chinese, this important early work of Venerable Master Hsing Yun is now finally available in English to reach a new and expanding audience.