Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal (At that time, It was in North India) who was the son of the king Suddhodhana and Queen Maha Maya was born, in approximately 566 BC. When he was 16 years old, he married with princess Yasodhara.
He left the comforts of his palace at 29 years of his age to seek the meaning of the suffering he saw around him. He studied several theories under several teachers but, he couldn't find what he was seeking. After that, he did more difficult yoga training limiting his food and water intake. He found it was useless but, he didn't abandon his effort.
On the Wesak Full Moon Poya Day, he sat beneath an Asathu bodhi tree which was situated at the city 'Gaya', Bihar and thought; though I died here I would not stand again without understanding the truth. He started to meditate. With the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one.
The lord Buddha wandered throughout the India, teaching the path or Dharma (Buddhism) he had realized in that moment. A large community or Sangha of monks developed around him drawn from every tribe and cast. He spread the Buddhism among several countries including our country, Sri Lanka.
At the age of eighty, he passed into Parinibbana (passed away) on the Wesak Full Moon Poya Day leaving the world.
Gal Viharaya, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Influence of Buddhism...
"You should not insult other religions while respecting your own religion. You should respect some factors of other religions too. One who is doing this, helps to the development of own religion and helps other religions as well.
One who is insulting other religions while respecting own religion, destroys the development of own religion. Therefore, unity is important. All may listen other religions as well! "
Thoughts of Lord Buddha
The lord Buddha is the only religious leader who said that he was a human being.
Lord Buddha has said that being a Buddha, the enlightened state is achieved only by a human being.
According to the Buddhism, human beings are noble. They are masters themselves. There is no any god or force controlling their destiny.
Buddhism for need of humans...