Buddha, The (Siddhartha Gautama)

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Siddhartha Gautama, member of a Northern Indian royal family, who left his wife, children and political involvements in order to seek truth as an ascetic mendicant. He studied the various spiritual teachings of his day but ultimately rejected them, and through his own efforts and meditation attained enlightenment and founded Buddhism in 2498 BT (535 b.c.e.).

He promoted The Middle Way, rejecting both extremes of the mortification of the flesh and of hedonism as paths toward the state of Nirvana. He accumulated a large public following by the time of his death in his early 80s in 2452 BT (483 b.c.e.).
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 08 October 2001.