The Four Sights

The Prince’s Request

All this while, the prince had been living in his palaces, still unaware of the realities of life outside the gates. One day, however, he heard of a beautiful park and begged his father’s permission to go out of the palace to visit it. The king allowed him to do so but made extensive preparations to decorate the route along which the prince would travel. The way from the royal palace to the park was made fragrant with incense and strewn with flowers. Crowds of people were stationed along the route to welcome him. All the beggars, the very old and the sick were kept away. The prince was only presented with pleasant sights.

Prince Siddhartha saw the four sights — an old man, a sick man, a corpse and an ascetic. They caused him to reflect on the problems of suffering. He knew that he would have to leave his life of luxury in the palace in order to find the solution.

Title: Buddhism for Beginners
By: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Chapter 5 | Page 23 to 27
ISBN 978-981-08-3641-2