Neither my life of luxury in the palace nor my life as an ascetic in the forest is the way to freedom.
Gautama Buddha is said to be born around 563 BCE
and had died around 483 BCE., most modern scholars
agree on these dates.
In Buddhist tradition Gautama
Buddha's birth name was Siddhartha Gautama,
this was changed after he went on a quest for the
truth behind life and death.
After reaching enlightenment
while sitting beneath a tree, Siddhartha Gautama
was able to claim the name of Buddha.
Gautama Buddha is the historical founder of Buddhism.
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