Siddhartha Gautama

Siddhartha Gautama

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  • Queen Mahamaya dreamt of abrilliant white light shining down on her from thesky. In the rays of the light was a magnificent whiteelephant with six large tusks
  • “I have been born to achieve awakening(bodhi) for the good of the world; this is my last birth
  • At the age of sixteen, Suddhodana arrangedSiddhartha’s marriage to Yasodhara (also Siddhartha’s cousin), who later gave birthto their son Rahula
  • Siddhartha lived at the outskirts of society andassociated himself with religious masters. However, hebecame dissatisfied with their teachings. So, he wenton his own way to subject himself to inexorableasceticism through self-mortification and fasting thatreached a point of living on a single grain of rice perday
  • Siddhartha finally obtained hisenlightenment at the age of 35
  • ” His motherdied seven days after giving birth to him
  • Siddhartha also preached during the reign ofBimbisara, the ruler of the Magadha Empire from 542 B.C.E. to 492 B.C.E. The king,a great friend and protector of Siddhartha, established the city of Rajgir thatbecame well-known because of Buddhist writing
  • Siddhartha died on a full moon in Kushinagar between 483 B.C.E. to 400B.C.E. In Buddhism, Buddha’s death is known as Mahaparinirvana (the ultimatestate of everlasting peace and happiness entered by an awakened being)
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