Who is The Father of Buddhism?

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Buddhism is one of the world’s largest religions, which originated 2,500 years ago in India.

Buddhists believe that the human life is one of suffering, and that meditation, spiritual and physical labor, and good behavior are the ways to achieve enlightenment, or nirvana.

Siddhartha Gautama is the spiritual leader and founder of Buddhism.

Siddhartha Gautama Age

Siddhartha Gautama was born around the 6th–4th century bce.

Siddhartha Gautama Weight and Height

Siddhartha Gautama exact height is not known but he is believed to have been relatively tall.

Siddhartha Gautama was trained to be a warrior and so he would have had an athletic physique.

The scriptures say Siddhartha Gautama was skilled in wrestling, archery, the martial arts and others.

Siddhartha Gautama’s exact weight is also not known. However, upon leaving the palace Siddhartha Gautama spent many years practicing extreme asceticism which resulted him in having a skeletal physique.

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Siddhartha Gautama Wife and Son

Rāhula (Pāli and Sanskrit) was the only son of Siddhārtha Gautama (commonly known as the Buddha) ( c. 563 or 480 – 483 or 400 BCE), and his wife was known as princess Yaśodharā.

Siddhartha Gautama Net Worth

Siddhartha Gautama was not focused on acquiring earthly riches so his net worth is not known.

Siddhartha Gautama Cause of Death

According to the Buddhist tradition, Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini, now in modern-day Nepal, and raised in Kapilavastu, which may have been either in what is present-day Tilaurakot, Nepal or Piprahwa, India.

According to Buddhist tradition, Siddhartha Gautama obtained his enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, gave his first sermon in Sarnath, and died in Kushinagar.

The times of Siddhartha Gautama’s birth and death are uncertain. Most historians in the early 20th century dated his lifetime as c. 563 BCE to 483 BCE.

Within the Eastern Buddhist tradition of China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan, the traditional date for the death of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was 949 BCE.

However, according to the Ka-tan system of time calculation in the Kalachakra tradition, Siddhartha Buddha is believed to have died about 833 BCE.

More recently Siddhartha Gautama’s death is dated later, between 411 and 400 BCE, while at a symposium on this question held in 1988, the majority of those who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of 400 BCE for the Buddha’s death.

Siddhartha Gautama’s cause of death is believed to be Pig-bel disease.

Pig-bel disease is a severe and potentially fatal type of food poisoning caused by a β-toxin of Clostridium perfringens, Type C.


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