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Seated Buddha from Thailand tenth century
Seated Buddha

Buddha was the founder of Buddhism.

Buddha is a word in the Sanskrit language which means "Enlightened One".

Buddhists believe many Buddhas have lived in the past and will live in the future.

Siddhartha Gautama lived in India sometime between the 6th and 4th century BC.

He was a prince who gave up his fancy life to seek enlightenment (wisdom). He searched for 7 years but did not find it. Then as he was meditating beneath a bodhi tree, he was enlightened. He found the "middle way" between extremes of behavior.

Buddha died at Kusinara and escaped the endless circle of rebirth and suffering.

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