The Crown Prince
If life is suffering . . . why should we go on?
Marriage to a Great Beauty
Look at the stars in the sky! . . .
Our lives seem so small in comparison.
The Four Gates: East Gate, South Gate
The troubles of sickness and old age are inevitable.
So is a long life really a blessing?
The Four Gates: West Gate
Death comes without warning.
Whatever money or possessions, status or fame a person may attain, at the moment of death, they provide no solace.
The Four Gates: North Gate
I want to be able to shout out with joy,
“How wonderful it is to be alive!”
The Birth of a Son
Now the royal line is safe!
The king is delighted that his son has an heir, but . . .
A Palace for Each Season
Fine wine and beautiful women bring no lasting peace.
The emptiness of life cannot be filled by pleasure.
Promise me freedom from old age, sickness, and death, and I will abandon my quest.
Out of the Palace and into the Mountains
Why do we live? Finding the answer to this question is the key to lasting happiness.
The Five Messengers
Why can’t you understand?
Nothing in this world is permanent.
In search of enlightenment, pushed to the limit . . .
Enlightenment of Buddha
Under the bodhi tree:
“I will not rise from here without attaining supreme enlightenment!”
The Wheel of Truth
I must tell all those who are suffering, not knowing the meaning of life, about true happiness.
The Great Ship that Crosses the Sea of Life
Salvation is for one and all.