15. Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.
14. Followers believe he achieved enlightenment through meditation.
13. Buddha means the Fully Enlightened One.
12. Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautama, lived in Northern India during the 6th to 4th century B.C.
11. He became the Buddha through the realisation of the intrinsic true nature of all things in the universe, including existence, mind, body and life.
10. Lumbini, Nepal is the possible world heritage site and birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
9. The three teachings Buddha taught was to not be; ignorant, hateful and angry.
8. Siddhartha was born in a royal Hindu Kshatriya family. He was brought up by his mother’s younger sister, Maha Pajapati.
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7. He initially strove to overcome ageing, sickness, and death by living the life of an ascetic.
6. Buddhists believe he was a teacher who found enlightenment by sitting under the Bodhi Tree in meditation.
5. After realizing that meditative jhana was the right path to awakening, Gautama discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way—a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification.
4. According to the traditional biography, the Buddha’s father was King Suddhodana, the leader of Shakya clan.
3. When he died, it is believed that he told his disciples to follow no leader.
2. After a reputed 49 days of meditation, at the age of 35, he is said to have attained Enlightenment.
1. He died from food poisoning in 483 BCE, in India.
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