What Is a Brief Summary of the Life of the Buddha?

The Buddha was born as an ordinary man named Siddhartha Gautama in 563 B.C. His father was the ruler of the Sakya people, a tribe that governed an area in modern-day Nepal. Siddhartha led a life of luxury and privilege, but at age 29, realized the world was full of suffering. He renounced his noble birth and became an ascetic wanderer. After six years, he reached enlightenment. He spent the rest of his life spreading his new philosophy.

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