The Buddha is handmade in India. No two Buddhas are alike.
Because the making of these statues is a manual process, they may contain some imperfections, such as smudges or colours / lines that have just not been 100% opaque.
Buddhism is named after Buddha. Buddha means “the Enlightened One”, and it is the name that was given to Siddharta Gautama, because he reached enlightenment.
Siddhartha Gautama lived about 2500 years ago in what is now called India. He was born as the son of a king, and lived a life of abundance. He had everything he could wish for. Yet, he suffered from the same feelings as everyone else, and he was not satisfied. Although he had everything, he felt empty inside.
He studied with the best teachers the king gave him, but even that did not satisfy him. Therefore, he went out to study with the religious teachers of his time. That is how he also learnt to meditate. Finally, he withdrew into solitude. He wanted to find a way to become and remain happy; he wanted to find happiness that does not change anymore.
When he was 35 years old, he succeeded: he was enlightened. Afterwards, he travelled the whole country as a teacher, teaching others what he had found, which was the path to lasting happiness. He had many disciples.
He died when he was 80. He left behind a complete and very comprehensive teaching, which shows a lot about how the world works, and why all attempts to live happily always fail. He called this the Four Noble Truths. He also taught people a way out of this failure, through the noble eightfold path.
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