Incense Holder for burning thin incense sticks, with Buddha and two offering hands collecting the ashes. Detailed decoration.
Buddhism is named after Buddha. Buddha means “the Enlightened One”, and this name was given to Siddhartha Gautama, because he attained 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 learnt to meditate. Finally, he withdrew into solitude. He wanted to find a way to become and remain happy. He wanted happiness that would last.
When he was 35 years old, he succeeded: he was enlightened. After that he travelled the whole country as a teacher, teaching others what he had found; the path to lasting happiness. He had many disciples.
He died when he was 80. He left behind a complete and very comprehensive teaching that shows a lot about how the world works and why all attempts to live happily always fail. He called this the Four Noble Truths. However, he also taught people a way out of this failure, through the noble eightfold path.
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