Let’s talk a little about the life of Buddha, shall we? His many teachings, Buddha’s Gifts to the world, are many. There was wisdom in nearly every utterance.
Siddhārtha Gautama : Siddhattha Gotama) was a teacher from ancient India who founded Buddhism. In most Buddhist traditions, he is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of our age, “Buddha” meaning “awakened one” or “the enlightened one.” The time of his birth and death are uncertain: most early 20th-century historians dated his lifetime as 563 BCE to 483 BCE, but more recent opinion dates his death to between 486 and 483 BCE or, according to some, between 411 and 400 BCE. By tradition, Gautama is said to have been born in the small state of Kapilavastu, in what is now Nepal, and later to have taught primarily throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kośala.
Gautama, also known as Śākyamuni (“Sage of the Śākyas”), is the primary figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him, Buddha’s Gifts to his followers, were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years later.
His teachings have traveled throughout the Asian world and is found in Vietnamese culture (Buddha in Vietnamese, in Thailand (Buddha in Thai), Chinese culture (Buddha in Chinese) as well as small sects found in Russia (Buddha in Russian)and in Greece (Buddha in Greek).
Some of his most loved and repeated teachings have been passed down to us, as well I have a shop that sells this wisdom on many great products from clothing to mugs to mouse pads. The best of my shops is called Buddha’s Gifts and is a work in progress. The following quotes are f9und on my other stores that I created but, for various reasons, see no reason to continue to keep current. Nevertheless the designs reside here and are on many, many fine products. Please feel free to wander through the store at your leisure.
This will simply be the first of a series of narratives of the life of Buddha. He, like Jesus and so many others, brought teachings of peace and love to our world that we ignore at out peril. Buddha’s gifts to the world were many and wonderful.