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The Birth Of Buddha Story

The Birth of Buddha date is believed to be towards the end of the seventh century B.C.

Wat Tha Ton - A large Buddha image close to the Burma (Myanmar) border in Thailand

It is said that towards the end of the seventh century B.C., in the city of Kapilavastu in a region of ancient Shakya kingdom in Central Indian Subcontinent at the foot of the mountains of Nepal located close to Lumbini - now a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal, near the modern Indian border. This is the place where Queen Maya Devi or Mayadevi, a wife of King Subbhodana, is said to have given birth to Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama, founder of the Buddhist tradition or faith.

King Suddhodana (his Sanskrit name) of the Gautamides tribe, was the father of Prince Siddhartha Gautama and was the leader of the Shakya people, who lived in southern Nepal, ruling over this area of the country.

Buddha birth Queen Maya - Prince Siddhartha Gautama - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Queen Maya Devi, was the daughter of the King Suprabuddha, her beauty was so that the name of Maya or 'the Vision', had been given to her, on top of this her talents were many but particularly here intelligence and piety. Unfortunately Queen Mayadevi died seven days after she gave birth to the Royal Prince.



Wat Phra Singh - Chiang Mai - Reclining Buddha face

Such was the noble family from which the Liberator (Buddha) was to arise.

When he was born, a Brahmin seer made predictions about the prince's future. The seer examined the baby with his clairvoyance and told King Suddhodana, "There are signs that the boy could become either a chakravatin king, a ruler of the entire world, or a fully enlightened Buddha".

Prince Siddhartha belonged to the Kshatriya or warrior caste - Kashtriya meaning warrior is one of the four  social orders in Hinduism, traditionally constituting the military and ruling order of the Vedic-Hindu social system outlined by the Vedas and the Laws of Manu. Kshatriyas used to hold the top rank in the ancient Indian society: Rama, Krishna, Siddhartha Gautama, all of the Tirthankaras of Jainism from Parsvanatha to Mahavira were Kshatriyas, and eventually embraced a religious life, he was called, in honour of his illustrious origin Sakyamuni or Shakyamuni, "sage of the Shakyas" and also Siddhartha Gautama, Siddhattha Gotama or Sramana Gautama depending where he was in the country. His father gave him the name of Siddhartha or Sarvathasiddha, and he retained this name as long as he lived as a Royal Prince.

Next - >> The Childhood of Buddha As Prince Siddhartha Gautama


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The Buddhist Flag
First hoisted in 1885 in Sri Lanka, is a symbol of faith and peace used throughout the world to represent the Buddhist faith.

Buddhist Flag Picture - Buddhist Flag Colours - The Buddhist Flag Sri Lanka 1885

Buddhist Flag Meanings
Blue: Universal Compassion
Yellow: The Middle Path
Red: Blessings
White: Purity and Liberation
Orange: Wisdom


 
The Hare is said to be an incarnation of the Lord Buddha

The Dharma Wheel

Spokes of the Dharmachakra - "The Dharma Wheel" Meaning - The Dharma Wheel Symbol - The Dharma Wheel Image - 8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga)

In Buddhism—according to the Pali Canon, Vinayapitaka, Khandhaka, Mahavagga, the number of spokes of the Dharmachakra represent various meanings:

8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga).
12 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination (Paticcasamuppada).
24 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination and the Twelve Laws of Dependent Termination (Paticcasamuppada).
31 spokes representing 31 realms of existence (11 realms of desire, 16 realms of form and 4 realms of formlessness).


Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a Japanese Buddhist chant based upon the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin (Feb 16, 1222 – Oct 13, 1282) a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching. Various schools with diverging interpretations of Nichiren's teachings comprise Nichiren Buddhism.
Nam - To devote one's life
Myoho - Myo is the mystic nature of life and Ho, its manifestation
Renge - "Lotus Flower"; which symolises the ballance of cause and effect
Kyo - Sutra, the voice or teachings of Buddha (The sound or vibration that connects everything in the ubiverse)


As the Buddha had never claimed to be a god, it is evident that he never prescribed the form of worship that was to be rendered to him. A legend, however, attributes to him the institution of this form of worship

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