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Gautama Buddha


Buddha, Gautama (c.563–c.483 B.C.), founder of Buddhism. He was born Siddhartha Gautama, son of the raja of Kapilavastu, India, near Nepal. At the age of 29, confronting human misery for the first time, he set out to find the path to peace and serenity. For 6 years he studied under Brahman teachers, living as a hermit. Enlightenment came to him while seated under a bodhi or pipal tree. Thereafter he preached and gathered disciples as Buddha (“The Enlightened One”).

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almost 6 years ago

Here is a nice video about the life of Buddha. A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production, this docu-narrative film describes the life of Siddharta Gautama, the process by which he arrived at the fundamentals of Buddhism and the archaeological findings confirming the traditional accounts of his life. http://www.buddhastation.com/buddhism-videos/general-buddhism/the-life-of-buddha-2/