The Story of Budha in Borobudur Temple
The story of Buddha in Borobudur temple
Borobudur temple is located in the province of central Java, Indonesia. Its proximity to Yogyakarta makes many people think that it is located in the province of Yogyakarta. Borobudur is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. Its size is 123mx123m and its height is 37 m. There are four square stages and three round stages. On the walls there are stories and the most important one is the story of the prophet of Buddhism. Who is he? You might ask. If you want to know further, read on.
The story starts from the eastern gate, goes around the temple and ends in the eastern gate too. Here is the resume of the story.
Once upon a time in old India there was a kingdom named Kapilawastu. King Sudodana ruled there wisely. He lived with his wife Maya. One night Maya had a dream. She was dreaming that a white elephant entered her womb.
The next morning he told the king about the dream she had the night before. They were curious about the message of the dream. Then the king called a priest and asked him about the hidden message of Maya’s dream. The priest said that Maya would soon pregnant and that the baby would become a great person. The baby would be a great priest.
But the king was not happy to hear the prophecy because he did not want his son become a priest. He wanted his son become a great king instead of priest. So the king prepared a plan. Not long after that Maya was pregnant.
During her pregnancy there were some miracles happened. One day Maya was seen in three different places at the same time. The night when the baby would be born wild animals went into the capital. Lions roared in the city.
Then one night when Maya was in a park called Lumbini, she gave birth to a baby boy. The baby boy was named Prince Sidharta Gautama. The king treated him well. He gave him luxurious life since he wanted the baby to be his successor as king.
Prince Sidharta grew up to be a smart boy. He was a good student so he could learn fast. He was also good at martial art. When he was mature enough he married to Yasodara and then they had a son.
But one day when he was on a journey there is a series of scenes that would change his life. While he was riding his luxurious coach he saw a beggar. Then he saw a sick man. After that he saw a dying man. Next he saw a priest.
This encounter made him think very seriously about life. He did not satisfy with his life. He felt that something is missing from his life. Then one night he decided to leave his luxurious life. He went to remote places to learn spirituality to many priests. But he was not satisfied.
Then one night when he sat meditating under a big banyan tree he was illuminated. He reached highest level of spirituality. He became a Buddha. It was one night when there was a full moon. To commemorate that night the Buddhist celebrate a ceremony called Waisak.
Since that night he realized real truth. Then he prepared to spread his enlightenment to many people. He gave his sermons in the town of Varanasi in north India. The story of Sidharta Gautama in Borobudur ends with his first sermon in Varanasi.