The Story of Lord Buddha
The Buddha, the founder of the great religious philosophy of Buddhism, lived in North India over two thousand and five hundred years ago and was known as Siddhattha (Siddhartha = one whose purpose has been achieved). Gotama (Sanskrit= Gautama) was his family name. His father, King Suddhodana, ruled over the land of the Sakyans at Kapilavatthu on the Nepalese frontier. His queen was Mahamaya, a princess of the Koliyas.
On a full-moon day of May, when the trees were laden with leaf, flower and fruit, and man, bird and beast were in joyous mood, Queen Mahamaya was travelling in state from Kapilavatthu to Devadaha, her parental home, according to the custom of the times, to give birth to her child. But that was not to be, for halfway between the two cities, in the Lumbini grove, under the shade of a flowering Sal tree, she brought forth a son.
Lumbini or Rummindei, the name by which it is now known, is 100 miles north of Variinasi and within sight of the snowcapped Himalayas. At this memorable spot where Prince Siddhattha, the future Buddha, was born, Emperor Asoka, 316 years after the event, erected a mighty stone pillar to mark the holy spot. The inscription engraved on the pillar in five lines consists of ninety-three Asokan (brahmi) characters, amongst which occurs the following:
'Hida Budhe jate Sakyamuni', 'Here was born the Buddha, the sage of the Sakyans'. The mighty column is still to be seen. The pillar, 'as crisp as the day it was cut', had been struck by lightning even when Hiuen Tsiang, the Chinese pilgrim, saw it towards the middle of the seventh century after Christ. The discovery and identification of the Lumbini park in I896 is attributed to the renowned archaeologist, General Cunningham.
Lord Buddha is the first scientist in the world,and his dhamma are based on the Scientific ,and this is right to think without limitation of the people.
Write five things Gautama Buddha did
does everyone here know the threefold knowledge buddhism?
Laurie_Howells what did you say???? You go and check out first before commenting silly post...
All of you need to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of your souls. Buddah cannot save you.
The most dedicated true fact in life. Extra-ordinary is not the word. There are no words to describe Lord(Gautama) Buddha. He is beyond the extraordinary, a Prince that could do wonders,a peacekeeper and would do good to people that are even filled with hatred. Even more powerful than the sun, that dedication,determination and concentration he expressed that day until Prince Gautama Siddhartha reached enlightenment. His thoughts could defy anything as much as science, technology and astrology.
These Europeans have zero knowledge about Lord Buddha. To understand Buddha they need spiritual knowledge. Living wife , child they are still thinking about bodies and relations. Even these people can't stay with one partner and keep on changing again and again. idiots
@Randy look Buddha's teaching in a broader sense.He left the family to find the truth of this life and he came back to them after his enlightenment.Queen yashodara was his wife for many previous births and she was helping to find ultimate freedom.And every single lives she died before him as per her wish so as a final birth as Queen Yashodhara.She and her son Rahula became Buddhist monks and were attained nervana.So pls don't spent time on ascertain what Lord Buddha did as u and me developed our brains to that level.This is a parth there is no rules if like you can follow if not just quit.
lord buddha was born in nepal nd lives in nepal .. bt he gained knowledge in india..
It's a fake documentary... Lord Buddha was born in Nepal not in India.
to call buddha lord really go's against his teachings
The Buddha's last body was born in India/Nepal. If that makes you proud you are too attached to this dreamscape. And by the by old chaps, perhaps the Buddha in his compassionate wisdom was born among 'difficult' people. :)))
Can one more person please say "Buddha was born in Nepal" please. I don't think it's been said enough...
I suggest that we all read a wonderful book, "Old Path White Clouds" that was researched thoroughly written by Thay Thich Nhat Hanh, The greatest Zen Buddhist Master today and for all times to come.
i am so lucky that i live where buddha was born, in rupendehi, nepal
okay if Lord Buddha was born in India,than Mahatma Ghandi used to sell panipuri at Basantapur,ktm.
why is india talking about Lord Buddha. if you do not know, where Lord Buddha was born, you come to Nepal, we will show you, Lord Buddha was born and dead at Kapivastu in Nepal. truth is always be truth.
Buddha is truly from NEPAL .
Buddha was born in Nepal not India .
buddha was born in nepal and that is the ultimate truth.
India is like a one of the fulish country in the world. it has a a lot of problame with every single neghboring country .. the actual loard BUDDHA was born in kapilbastu NEPAL .. TRUE IS ALWAYS TRUE.. never become fake .. sale dhoti .. INDIAN DHOTI always make world fool..// INDIA IS THE GREAT LIER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD..
Lord Buddha was born In Nepal, not India, but they r building the same Kapivastu, but true is true,,
Keanu Reeves as Siddhartha is among the worst ever!!, casting decisions in the history of Hollywood
That area was part of greater Indfa at the time,ruled by Dyanasty of Chandragupta to which king Ashok belonged.
the Master of world
yes Buddha was born In Nepal. Not in India.He was born in kapilbastu district of republic of Nepal.
Buddha was not born in India. It's Nepal.
Lord Buddha Was the one who preached 'Ashtana Marga' or Eight fold path
this is ofcourse required to be studied in the grass root level and also should have been to have the uncut story starting with the conception of Lord Siddahart as shared by Mr.Francois.want to learn more and more about ...the philosophy is enormous.
It would have been interesting to have the uncut story starting with the conception of Siddharta... by a white elephant ! Following seven days of abtsinence by the mother-to-be. And she did not give birth like any other mammal: she did it by the side of her chest... and died seven days later.
The whole Siddharta-Buddha STORY is a spiritual path. Just like the Jesus story. And quite a few others...
Most modern Sidharta biographies do not mention the way he was conceived and born or the fate of his mother: search and check !
The ancient meaning has long been lost, the myth changed into a "real story". Especially in the West today where that sort of symbolic stuff is unacceptable. This documentary is a good example, it relies on an acceptable/pretty oriental imagery that is so lovely :-)
i really dont know the correctness of the story shown here.a deeper study was needed to make out the clip.
to any extent..buddha's vision was away from the duality.
whether buddha was born in nepal or india .. the followers should try their best to practice his core teachings which are universal .
Right Speech, Right Thinking, Right Action (the Lord Buddha taught),
If you can practice these 3 things from the Lord Buddha taught everyday, you'll be ENLIGHTENING......
Buddha was born in Nepal and achieved super knowledge in India.
Does anybody know why the Boddhidharma came from the west?
I don't like the word Lord Buddha... In Buddhism, just just call him Buddha. Also, I don't believe he's a supernatural entity. He's just one human being who has the wisdom of becoming a better human being so we learn from him.
One of the things I love about Buddhism is that one of the main ideas is to read, but that you cant learn by reading alone. You have to experience it for yourself to understand any of the teachings.. (though, this is my personal interpretation..)
I think most of you are missing the point.
its not about the story or the life of one person.
its like all religions...
its a set of rules to live by.
if you simply follow the rules you end up a better person/entity,or whatever you see yourself as.
as rule sets go,buddism is one of the best.
but as with most religions peole tend to twist and ignore whatever rules get in the way of what they want.
most religions rules are all basically the same anyway,
be nice to each other
do unto others
dont be a bastid.
become more than you are.
its a pity babies cant talk,as thats as close to nirvanna most ever get.
As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha - the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in 623 BC - the sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from a very early period. Lumbini, in the South-Western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world, like Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims.
Lumbini is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata, was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence. The site and its surrounding area is endowed with a rich natural setting of domesticable fauna and favourable agricultural environ. Historically, the region is an exquisite treasure-trove of ancient ruins and antiquities, dating back to the pre-Christian era. The site, described as a beautiful garden in the Buddha's time, still retains its legendary charm and beauty.
Lame Video - can't even get the facts right. And FYI Budhha was in Nepal not India.
My thoughts, exactly.
I forgot to mention that before, but I'm glad I did because you put it in a much better way than I would've.
Considering that Siddharta was the prince and his wife Yasodhara was a princess, I think it unlikely that either her or their son Rahula starved. The fact that Rahula later became a monk further underlines my point. Study, then speak.
Sadie I think you are mistaken or misrepresenting some dramatization as scholarly fact. I could be mistaken, but can you provide a source showing that Siddhartha in fact starved himself in order to be freed from his palace. I dont remember that being the case in any of the buddhist texts or textbooks I was forced to buy - and chose to read from the library - over the years. Overwhelmingly, the reason for his asceticism was a spiritual quest. In fact, the point at which his spine could be seen it was also said that he was existing on half a berry per day. This is traditionally placed in the chronology just before his acceptance of food (rice and milk) and abandonment of asceticism and not before leaving his family life behind.
I think the story of the buddha, while it certainly has a historical context, it is also the story of all of us. At least if we are lucky, we grow up in the paradise of childhood ... the walled palace of our family home and our undeveloped mind. Then we discover that we are mortal, prone to sickness and doomed to age and eventually die. Then we must set out on a journey of spiritual discovery to find our own buddha nature. The fine details such as exactly how thin he got and when are of course completely inconsequential :)
I recommend the book: Cooking The Indian Way ... damn do they know how to do it :D
I agree that 'Little Buddha' was a nice attempt to adapt Eastern knowledge to Westerners; there are a lot of good references and descriptions had to be left out because of time and budget constraints, I'm sure. I liked the movie (the whole one, not the bits and pieces which are hard to put together), but it left me wanting for more (just like when you've read a book and then see the movie). But then again, I think it's a good introduction to Buddhism, although I felt Kenau Reeves' performance a bit robotic at times.
@Sadie the Celt:
Is that Lori R. the one who went to TAMU and (should've) graduated around 1983 or 84??? I might know her; haven't talked to her since then, and would love to. I know she would enjoy something like this.
Sorry I misquoted and must correct
The book I recommended as my personal favourite is "the call of the upanishads" by Mehta, (the indian way is by Koller) both are excellent
Ive just realised that I thought you were Lori Robilliard ( from TDK) as I had a nice blog with her over relgion some time ago. Thats why I asked if you were well, I was merely exchanging social niceties! but I got the wrong Lori!
lol im so sorry
Couldnt agree more! - yes thats true. (hopoe you are well?) x
Everyone experiences Buddhism differently. Certainly, Sadie the Celt sees it in a more cerebral way than I do. I think any path that works is great. This documentary was just fine. I don't worry about the fine points. Some people do. As I said, whatever works ....and my path works for me and may yours work for you. The most important thing I do is meditation and that checks me into what I need to know. We are all on different places on our spiritual pathway and all are valid places.
and yet, I love Buddhism, its diversity is what makes it a hot topic for discussion - its a bit like Yin/Yan.
everything in life is Yin/Yan
that is why I love life!
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism is (in my opinion) a bit of a joke!
I believe that Tina Turner & Richard Gere are or were Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists.
The core of Nichirn is the 'Lotus Sutra' - and basically, to be a Nicheren Shoshu Buddhist, all you have to do is chant "Nam Myoho Renge Kwo" ....this translates to " homage to the Lotus Sutra" (sic)
after chanbting this you can go on to say (eg)
......" I want a new Porsche" !!
its as empty as thet.