Gautama leaving the palace for the first time

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Gautama leaving the palace for the first time

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:30 am

Hi all

I'm wondering whether you can help..
I'm looking for some images of Gautama's first excursions out of the palace walls where he encounters illness, old-age, death, and I think, birth.
I'm giving a talk to our Year 10s tomorrow on the Buddhist perspective on death and dying and would like to pepper it with some suitable imagery.
Thanks for your assistance.
kind regards

Ben
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Re: Gautama leaving the palace for the first time

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:44 am

This thread should help:

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5662

but then the cost in therapy for the little buggers would be considerable.

But then I'd google "the Buddha's life in pictures" and the Buddha's life "the four sights" :

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLD_en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=buddha%27s+life+%22the+four+sights%22&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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Re: Gautama leaving the palace for the first time

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:58 am

Thanks Tilt
tiltbillings wrote:This thread should help:

http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5662

but then the cost in therapy for the little buggers would be considerable.

My wife's the school psychologist, so it could be quite lucrative! Seriously, the idea of introducing some confronting (but not that confronting, I thought about but the idea lasted a nanosecond. The posting of the images on that thread just confirmed my belief it would have been counterproductive and perhaps given the impression that Buddhism is a weird death cult.


tiltbillings wrote:But then I'd google "the Buddha's life in pictures" and the Buddha's life "the four sights" :
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLD_en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=buddha%27s+life+%22the+four+sights%22&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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Thanks I did some googling but not using those terms. Its always good to look at things from a different point of view.


Hi Individual
Thanks for tracking down those images!
kind regards

Ben
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Re: Gautama leaving the palace for the first time

Postby plwk » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:59 am

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