Siddhartha Gautama And Its Impact On Asian Culture

1627 WordsMay 5, 20167 Pages
Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Gautama Buddha or just simply the Buddha was born in what is now known as Nepal sometime between c. 563 BCE and c. 480 BCE into the caste system with his caste being the Kshatriya, the caste of royalty or the military elite. He was born to Śuddhodana, a head chief of the Shakya tribe, and Maya, a princess. Siddhartha’s father held a naming ceremony for a five day old Siddhartha where eight Brahmin priests predicted that Siddhartha would either be a great holy man or a great king. The prophecy was correct as Siddhartha Gautama has had one of the largest impacts on Asian culture by creating the fourth most popular religion in the world that is still active 2,500 years later. Siddhartha was raised in a life of luxury being raised as a prince since birth, he was one of the few people of his time who were able to receive an education consisting of the sciences, mathematics, art, and eventually at the behest of his father sports and archery. It has been written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in Introduction to Buddhism that “He mastered all the traditional arts and sciences without needing any instruction. He knew sixty-four different languages, each with their own alphabet…” (Gyatso 4) he was seen as a genius and wise beyond his years once telling his father that he could “…count all the atoms in the world in the time it takes to draw a single breath.” (Gyatso 5) Siddhartha’s father, Śuddhodana, took great effort in blocking religion from Siddhartha
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