Buddha

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  • Shakyamuni “Shakya” is the name of the royal family which Goutama was born into, and “Muni” means “Able One.” Buddha Shakyamuni was born as a royal prince in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, in what is now Nepal. His mother’s name was Queen Mayadevi and his father's name was King Shuddhodana.
  • He lived a very luxorious life with everything he could ever wish for. Buddha grows up in the palace and only learns the way of a royal prince. He hasn't been exposed to the outside world but was curious about it. His father gave him everything he could ever wish for so that he would prevent Goutama from leaving. He also had a lot of servants.
  • He really wanted to go discover out of the palace because he has never seen anything outside before and he was curious so he convinced his father and so his father arranged a chariot to take him around the village.
  • When he went outside he saw poverty, sadness and people suffering and he experience what real life is like. He has never seen anything like this before and didn't even know it existed and he is shocked. He only the life he had at the palace where everything was ready for and made for him before he even asked.
  • He wants to think with himslef for a while and goes sits down and started meditating. He has a huge revelation and became a Buddha. He became a holy man and the 'enlightened one'.
  • That night, Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree, vowing to not get up until the truths he sought came to him, and he meditated until the sun came up the next day. The prince Siddhartha Gautama was the founder of the religion Buddhism and in the modern world there are more than 350 million followers.
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