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He cut off his hair to show that he had renounced the worldly lifestyleand called himself Gautama.
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The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama


In Buddhist philosophy, believers can themselves attain Buddhahood. This is significantly different from Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In the latter, believers cannot attain the same status as their god. They are encouraged to learn the teachings and become "godlike," but they do not strive to become gods themselves. This, however, is the main goal of Buddhist practice -- to attain Buddhahood through good works, right thinking, and right action.

Both modern-day Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism are based largely on the same set of teachings (see below) from the Historical Buddha. For more on these two schools of Buddhism,


Gautama Buddha is the last Buddha in the current Buddhist Era (World Cycle). The present era is called the Auspicious Aeon (Jp = Kengou ; Skt = Bhadra-kalpa). According to Buddhist lore, there are six Buddhas who came prior to Shaka Nyorai (Gautama Buddha), three from the prior era (Jp = Shougun ) and three in the present era (Jp = Kengou ). This group of seven is collectively known as the ().


By tradition, Gautama’s teachings are divided into three main categories, referred to as the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, the Second Turning, and the Third Turning.

The story of Siddhartha Gautama and how he brought Buddhism to limelight is quite moving.
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The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama

By all means, while staying in the hermitage, Siddhartha grew disillusioned with the teachings of his master. So after a brief stay, he decided to leave the hermitage and search for Truth on his own. Alara Kalara's teachings, especially on the nature of Atman and Brahman, convinced him that if he wanted to know the Truth he must search for it on his own. He left the hermitage and repaired to a forest near Uruvela, on the banks of river Nairanjana.

The essential concepts of time and how it relates to life are discovered by Siddhartha through listening to the river.
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Except for the miraculous powers that were attributed to the Buddha (the Enlightened One), and behind a profound philosophy without strict ethics, Gautama Siddhartha Buddha was a divine personality, full of great wisdom and deep compassion for all suffering human beings. He was determined to complete his mission to help men become free from the bonds of misery, by means of self realization and spiritual ascension.

Siddhartha is by no means a fictional life of Buddha, but it does contain numerous references to Buddha’s philosophies and his teachings.
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When he was 16, he married his cousin, princess Yasodhara who was the same age as him. Although his life as the Prince of Kapilavastu was full of luxury, Gautama felt that there was something higher in life for him to achieve. It is said that at the age of 29, he left the palace to go out in the town to meet his subjects, and that was the turning point in the Prince's life. While he was driving in town with his charioteer, he came face to face with misery, sickness, old age and death. But what impressed him most was the sight of a monk, wearing his yellow robe and having a serene and peaceful demeanour amidst the human misery.

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Buddhists believe that one day, seated beneath the Bodhi tree (the tree of awakening), Siddhartha became deeply absorbed in meditation and reflected on his experience of life until he became enlightened.

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Having decided to live an ascetic life in order to attain enlightenment, Siddhartha escaped the palace and his family, leaving behind his wife and his newborn son. After the so called "Great Departure", he studied for some time under two yogins, hermit spiritual teachers, but sensing that their teaching was not enough to quench his spiritual thirst and bring him enlightenment, he moved to the town of Uruvela where he practiced seven years of self-mortification and yogic austerities.

Buddha | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Opinions differ as to the dates of Siddhartha Gautama's life. Historians have dated his birth and death as circa 566-486 BCE but more recent research suggests that he lived later than this, from around 490 BCE until circa 410 BCE.

Shaka (Siddhartha, Gautama) - Historical Buddha, …

The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for growing plant and for the soul of the child.” Siddhartha, a novel by Hermann Hesse, follows Siddhartha through his life stages.