Gautama the Buddha stands today as one of the greatest sages ever to walk the Earth. He was born in Kapilavastu (modern day Nepal) in 621BCE to a king and queen of the Kshatriya caste. He was raised in the lap of luxury but renounced all fortune, all comfort, and even the throne of the kingdom itself, in order to walk the Gangetic plains, first as a seeker of truth and then as a great teacher. He taught openly the most practical and ethical spiritual code, and instructed his bhikkhus (disciples) in the most profound metaphysics. His life appears to have been utterly blameless, his intentions utterly divine. The teachings that come down to us from this great sage provide the basis for a true brotherhood of humanity and a profound understanding of our place in the grand scheme of spiritual evolution.
We have composed an extensive biography of the Buddha, drawn from the traditional biographical sources and supported by a number of key suttas. We dedicate it to all who wish to learn about the life of this man of men, and, more importantly, who wish to live by his example.
We have also collected a selection of biographies (traditional and modern) along with Buddhist texts, quotations, etc., which can be found here: Gautama Buddha