The historical founder of Buddhism, Shakyamuni Buddha, was also a spiritual guide. Born in the 5th century BCE in Lumbini (present-day Nepal), he later obtained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India.
Following his enlightenment, Shakyamuni Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path to nirvana. Buddhism was founded on his teachings, which were contained in the Dharma.
In order to emphasise the serene and introspective character of his trip, Shakyamuni Buddha is frequently shown in meditation poses in art. Millions of people throughout the world are still inspired by the Buddha's life story, teachings, and symbols like the Dharma wheel and Bodhi tree.
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