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Siddharta Gautama
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The title of prince Gautama Siddartha, the founder of Buddhism, born the son of the rajah of the Sakya tribe ruling in Kapilavastu, Nepal. When about 30 years old he left the luxuries of the court, his beautiful wife, and all earthly ambitions for the life of an ascetic; after six years of austerity and mortification he saw in the contemplative life the perfect way to self-enlightenment. According to tradition, he achieved enlightenment when sitting beneath a banyan tree near Buddh Gaya, Bihar. For the next 40 years he taught, gaining many disciples and followers, and died at the age of about 80 in Kusinagara, Oudh. His teaching is summarized in the Four Noble Truths, the last of which affirms the existence of a path leading to deliverance from the universal human experience of suffering. The goal is Nirvana, which means "the blowing out" of the the fires of all desires, and the absorption of the the self into the infinite.
 
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Eibhinn
4/23/2002 01:29

Beautiful site,and ver informative. :)


babasai59
1/17/2005 09:16

I like this page. It's brief though and I wish it had a link to the text of the 4 Noble Truths.


Amaya12
6/5/2005 18:27

Wow! I love those pictures. Where did you find them?

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