Gautama Buddha Quotes

A list of quotes and sayings by Gautama Buddha. Well-known for topics related to wisdom, karma, life, death and kindness.

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Siddhartha Gautama or Gautama Buddha was a spiritual leader that was born during the sixth century B. C. in what is now known in modern times as Nepal. He is revered as the Buddha (enlightened one) and is the primary figure of Buddhism. It is believed that he had lived in eastern India/Nepal. Due to being born of royalty, he spent his youth in the lap of luxury and extravagance. He lost his mother at a young age and his father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Shakya people.

While he was still a young man, some wise scholars foresaw that he would turn out to be either a great ruler or a renowned spiritual leader. His father, obviously, wanted that his child would one day turn into an great successor and rule their kingdom. As a result, Siddhartha was kept away from all types of religious writings and teachings that made him clueless about the ideas of aging, sickness and death. One day, while traveling on a chariot in the city he witnessed an old person, a person with sickness and a cadaver. This events raised several questions on the prince’s mind about the suffering that existed in this world. After some time, Siddhartha decided to renounce all his privileges and went forth on a journey of self-discovery. He did this at the age of twenty-nine.

Siddhartha committed himself in studying and following different methods of meditation with various religious teachers. After years of rigorous contemplation and meditation, he found enlightenment,and therefore became the Buddha. For the remainder of his days, the Buddha preached the Dharma in a mission to teach other sentient beings achieve enlightenment.

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