The person who we call “the Buddha” was born around 560 BCE in Lumbini, as Siddhartha Gautama. His father was ruler of the Shakyas, a small tribe in southern Nepal. Later when Siddhartha had become a religious sage – a muni – he received the honorific title of Shakyamuni. Raised as a prince, the young Siddhartha left the palace on 4 occassions and encountered 4 people who had remained hidden from him until that time: an invalid, an old man, a dead person, and finally an ascetic beggar. After an ascetic life failed to bring him closer to the understanding that palace life had denied, he finally found a quiet place to meditate in silence and after 49 days he received insight into his former and present lives: extremes in life lead to nothing, life is suffering and suffering must be eliminated. When he reached this insight, he attained nirvana, or liberation, or enlightenment.
Size: 17.5cm x 22.5cm