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  1. Teachings Now the Buddha wanted to tell other people how to become wise, good and do service for others. He advised his followers to follow the Middle Way, avoiding the two extremes of self-indulgence and self-torture. H

    King Shuddhodana was afraid that these things would cause him to become disillusioned with his life at home and cause him to take a spiritual path in life. Only beauty and health surrounded Siddhartha.2 Because Siddhartha was a prince, he was taught the skills of archery, horsemanship, swordplay and martial arts. He was given the staff of beautiful young women to care for him and to look after him. When he was sixteen, he married a princess named Yasodhara. She chose Siddhartha after a number of competitions between princes, which included things such as sports and the singing of love-songs.

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  2. A discussion of the Buddhist beliefs about Buddha and Christian beliefs about Christ

    We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him." King Herod called for the visitors and sent them to look for the child. When they were on their way they saw the same star and it went ahead of them until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, worshiped him and then opened their bags and offered him presents: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod; so they went back to their country by another road.

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