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The Life of Buddha

Long ago, a king and queen lived in a palace near the Himalaya mountains.

On a spring full moon, the queen had a baby boy. They named him Siddhartha. It means “the one whose wishes will come true.”

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Siddhartha grew into a kind man who loved all living things.

One day, Siddhartha saw his cousin shoot a swan with an arrow. Siddhartha took care of the poor swan until it healed.

When the swan was well again, he set it free.

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Siddhartha wanted to know why living things, like the swan, sometimes suffered so much.

The king did not want his son to think about such matters. He built Siddhartha a big palace. Then, he found his son a wife.

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Still, Siddhartha could not forget about sadness and suffering.

He told his servant, Channa, that he wanted to see what life was like for people outside the palace walls.

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FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 490
Word Count 527
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