Buddha or ‘the enlightened one’ is the name given to Siddhartha Gautama who was born a prince in the royal Shakya clan. Gautama’s year of birth is estimated to be about 583 BC at a place called Lumbini in today’s Nepal.
The religion of Buddhism came to be founded based on the Buddha’s teachings. It is said that he practiced a form of meditation known as Vipassana to attain enlightenment after many years of hard penance. Most images of the Buddha portray him in a serene meditating posture radiating inner peace and contentment. Continue reading