Siddhartha Gautama was born into royalty between the 4th and 6th century BCE, as the son of King of the Himalaya foothills of Nepal. The King really wanted to protect Siddhartha from the suffering of people, so he kept him in the palace, isolated from the outside. When Siddhartha became King, he wanted to learn more about the world. As he observed the world, he saw a old, sick and a dead man, all who had been suffering. He then realized he would to suffer one day as well. Siddhartha wanted to know why people suffer and the meaning of life, so he left his family and palace to become a ascetic. In the process, Siddhartha Gautama ate and exercised we little because he mostly meditated. One day, a young girl brought Siddhartha some rice and he realized the smallest things can make others have joy. He then sat under a tree, found Nirvana. Siddhartha followed the 8 Fold Path and figured out the the 4 Noble Truths. Siddhartha began teaching people Dharma because and god named Brahman convinced him to. Also, he didn't know what to do with all that knowledge. Siddhartha Gautama later passed away when he was 80 years old, he then became know as the Buddha.