Those wise ones who are devoted to meditation and who delight in the calm of renunciation — such mindful ones, Supreme Buddhas, even the gods hold dear.
Ye jhānapasutā dhīrā nekkhammūpasame ratā
Devā’pi tesaṃ pihayanti sambuddhānaṃ satīmataṃ.
– Dhammapada Verse 181
Painting Panel (Right): The Four Sights in which the Prince Siddhattha saw whilst on a tour of Kapilavatthu, accompanied by his charioteer Channa. The Prince saw an old man, later a sick man, followed by a corpse. Lastly he saw a meditating mendicant, as the way to search for the answers to lives Dukkha, which he, his loved ones and all around him would experience.
Borobudur Relief (Left): Prince Siddhattha having seen the Four Sights decided to Renounce the World in search for the answers to Dukkha. With his renunciation, he became Ascetic Gotama.
For the Full story of the Bodhisatta’s encounter with the four Sights followed by his Renunciation, visit these links …
a. an Old man .. http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/7lbud.htm
b. a Sick man … http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/8lbud.htm
c. a Corpse … http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/9lbud.htm
d. a Monk … http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/10lbud.htm
e. Renunciation … http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/11lbud.htm
– Posted by CFFong