Lead: At its core, Buddhism, one of the world’s great religions, represents a rigorous indifference to the believer’s surroundings, a fundamental rejection of worldly pleasures.

 Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

 Content: According to its scriptures, the founder of Buddhism, a religion that demands of its members a life of strict sacrifice and asceticism, spent most of his early life in the lap of luxury. Prince Siddhartha was the favored son of the King of Sakya, a region in the mountainous borderlands between India and Nepal. He is said to have been born around the year 563 BC, though some recent scholarship places his birth as much a century later.

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